Fix SFC /SCANNOW Finds Corrupted Files but Unable to Fix Error

Tracy King updated on Dec 13, 2019 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

SFC /SCANNOW finds corrupted files but is unable to fix them, help!

Question 1. I received this message in Windows 10 while trying to run sfc /scannow to find and repair corrupted files in my PC: 'Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some
of them. Details are included in the CBS.Log windir\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. For
example C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log. Note that logging is currently not
supported in offline servicing scenarios.' How can I solve this issue and repair corrupted files in my PC?

Question 2. I tried to create a System Restore point on my Windows 8 PC but the Restore point failed with this massage: Writer experienced a transient error. So I ran sfc /scannow to fix the issue but received the message:'Windows Resource Protection found corrupted files but was unable to fix some of them'. 
Is it possible to repair SFC to work again and fix the errors in my PC so to create System Restore Point again? If you know how to repair SFC / SCANNOW command, please help me.

SFC not working and cannot repair corrupted files.

Don't worry anymore if you are receiving the error message that SFC cannot fix found corrupted files. Just follow this article to apply SFC alternative tool to repair corrupted files and find solutions here to repair SFC unable to fix corrupted file error and make SFC working again.

Part 1. Fix and repair corrupted files by SFC alternative tool

In order to avoid further problems or issues from happening in your PC, it's highly recommended for you to find SFC alternative tool or software to repair and fix the corrupted files in your Windows PC.

Here you can try EaseUS Partition Master Free to fix and repair corrupted files with simple clicks now:

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3: The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

Part 2. Fix SFC (Windows Resource Protection) unable to fix corrupted file error

Now that you can follow offered methods here to fix Windows Resource Protection unable to fix corrupted file error and make SFC work again:

Method 1. Perform disk cleanup to remove temp files that cause SFC fail to work

To clean up all temp files that cause SFC unable to work in Windows system hard disk, you have two options here:
1. Manually perform disk cleanup in PC to delete files.
2. Cleanup disk junk files by EaseUS Partition Master in 3 steps.

You may click the link to see how to cleanup temp files and junk files with EaseUS Partition Master Free or follow below tips to manually cleanup disk temp files on your PC now:

  • Click Start > Type: Disk Cleanup and hit Enter.
  • Click Disk Cleanup > Select the hard drive that you want to cleanup in the Disk Cleanup dialog > Click OK.
  • On the Disk Cleanup tab, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete and click OK.
  • Click Delete Files to remove all temp files that blocks SFC working.

Method 2. Repeat SFC command and run DISM command to solve sfc /scannow not working issue

When you get sfc error message, it means that the System File Checker - Windows Resource Protection simply couldn't add or repair missing or corrupted files or other problems with those files. You can try to repeat SFC command to fix the problem:

1. Press Win+R to open Run dialog and type: cmd to open Command Prompt.
2. Type: sfc /scannow and hit Enter.
3. Then Restart PC to see whether problem solved or not.
4. If not, repeat sfc /scannow command in PC again.
If the above steps don't work, don't worry, you can run DISM command to repair SFC and make it work again:

1. Press Win + R to open Run dialog and type: cmd to open Command Prompt.
2. Type: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit Enter.
3. Reboot PC to keep all changes and repair sfc into working again.
You may have to retry these steps several times till the problem is solved.

Method 3. Clean boot PC to solve Windows Recourse Protection (SFC) unable to fix corrupted file issue

  1. 1. Click Start > Type:msconfig and hit Enter.
  2. 2. Enter password if the system ask you for administrator password for a confirmation and Continue.
  3. 3. Click Selective Startup on the General tab > Click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.
  4. 4. Click Service > Select Hide All Microsoft Services check box and then click Disable All > OK.
  5. 5. Click Restart to clean boot PC.
  6. 6. Find out applications or tools that blocks SFC working, uninstall and reinstall them.
  7. 7. Reboot PC back to normal boot again:
  • Click Start > Type:msconfig and hit Enter.
  • Enter password if the system ask you for administrator password for a confirmation and Continue.
  • Under General tab, click Normal Startup > OK.
  • Click Restart to finish the process.

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