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How to Run SFC/SCANNOW and DISM in Windows 11 [2024 Guide]

A complete guide on how to run DISM and SFC tools in Windows 11 successfully, if you don't want to put yourself in the hassle you can download EaseUS Partition Master to successfully resolve your Windows 11 issues.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2024

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Run SFC/Scannow and DISM Scan in Windows 11

Run SFC Scannow in Windows 11...Full steps

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If your Windows 11 displays Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) problems or behaves oddly, you may typically resolve the issue causing these errors without rebuilding your operating system. 

Windows comes with various tools preloaded to assist in repairing the operating system. Aside from the built-in troubleshooter in the Settings app, Windows also includes the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) tool and System File Checker (SFC) tools, each of which performs a different check and tries to address any OS flaws automatically. 

Continue reading if you're encountering problems with your operating system and want to learn how to run SFC and DISM in Windows 11 and which ones you should do. 

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What Is the Difference Between SFC and DISM? 

The Windows 10 and Windows 11 system tools SFC and DISM can only be used using text commands and are only meant for IT experts and server admins. However, the system repair that can be accomplished with it does not require any specific understanding, making the tools appealing to all other users.


SFC, also known as System File Check, is a Windows built-in tool for diagnosing system file corruption. Its sfc/ scannow command works to test the integrity of all protected operating system files and replaces incorrect, corrupted, changed, or damaged versions with the correct versions.

So, SFC can resolve issues caused by missing or damaged system files. This tool can also tell if a file has been updated or replaced with an older version. SFC will get the right version from the Windows Store and replace the changed file in this scenario. It comes in handy when your computer is infected with malware or viruses. You can rapidly fix your Windows 11 OS with this SFC tool. 

Therefore, running SFC first is a good idea if you're having issues. If it doesn't work, you might want to look into DISM.  

Read Also: SFC scannow There is a system repair pending


DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) is the most powerful repair tool in Windows, and it is capable of preparing, modifying, and repairing system images. To download and replace faulty content through Windows Update, you'll need an active internet connection. 

DISM is used in unison with other command-line switches to correct various types of mistakes in terms of repairs. It's useful if you have problems with the operating system's appearance, such as crashing, freezing, or errors. 

Furthermore, DISM corrects faulty files in the OS's image's component store, which the SFC requires to complete a successful repair.  

How Do I Run SFC and DISM Scan in Windows 11?

On Windows 11, you can run the SFC/scannow command from any console, including the command prompt, PowerShell, or Windows Terminal. If Windows 11 does not work, you can restart it using the command prompt. This tool does not require a Wi-Fi connection, so you may search your PC for corrupt files without being connected to the internet. You can examine the results in the CBS.LOG file once the scan is finished (C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log). Notepad can be used to open this log file. Below are the steps you can take to run the SFC and DISM scan in Windows 11. 

How to Run SFC Scan in Windows 11

Step 1: Log in as an administrator to the Windows Terminal. 

go to command prompt and click on run as administrator

Step 2: Run the following command on the prompt and then hit Enter on the keyboard to activate it:  

sfc /scannow

type command and press enter

The sfc /scannow command will thoroughly check and scan all protected system files, replacing files with cached copies located in a compressed folder named as "%WinDir%\System32\dllcache".

Step 3: Wait for the scan to finish.

Windows Resource Protection may indicate that the SFC program detected no integrity issues or found corrupt or broken files but could not repair some of them. If SFC finds no issues, you can now close the Windows Terminal console. 

If Windows states that "Windows Resource Protection discovered corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them" after performing the SFC command, try the following: 

Restart the system after doing a Component Store repair with the DISM/Online /Cleanup-Image/restorehealth command (active internet is necessary).  

Now, run SFC/scannow one more time. 

Further Reading: SFC SCANNOW Stuck

How to Run DISM Scan in Windows 11

If the SFC tool fails to repair your OS, the DISM tool comes in handy. It does, however, require a functional internet connection. It will connect to the internet and download the most recent version of the file from Windows Update.  

Step 1: Log in to Windows Terminal as an administrator. 

go to command prompt and open run as administrator

Step 2: If you prefer Windows Terminal as a command prompt; type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth into the command prompt. You can use Repair-WindowsImage -Online-CheckHealth from the PowerShell prompt. 

Step 3: If this step shows an error, try restarting the program. This time, DISM will attempt to resolve the issues by connecting to Windows servers and obtaining the necessary files to resolve the difficulties with your operating system. This procedure could take up to 15-20 minutes. 

Step 4: After that, we must apply the fixes to the operating system indefinitely. To do so, execute the following command and press Enter on your keyboard. 


type command to apply fixes

Fix and Repair Windows 11 Disk Error with SFC and DISM Alternative Tool 

Don't worry if you put in a lot of effort, but the problem persists. If your computer continues to crash or return with Blue Screen Errors at random intervals despite performing SFC and DISM, using EaseUS Partition Master is the best option, as there are occasions when obtaining expert third-party software is the only way to cure unrepairable difficulties. 

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Step 1. Right-click the target partition that has a problem.

Step 2. Choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

Step 3. Confirm if you want to hide the partition or not.

Step 4. In the Check File System window, check the "Try to fix errors if found" option.

Step 5. Click "Start" to check errors on your partition.

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  • Partitions can be resized or moved to suit your needs. 
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  • It can hide drives in Windows 10

Also, this tool has a very professional technical team that can assist you with any system issues, such as system failure, BSOD, and unbootable devices, among others.  


We've shared a few tried-and-true solutions to run SFC and DISM in Windows 11. Remember to restore and back up your files in advance with data recovery software, regardless of which technique you use to solve the problem. 

You can use the Windows Startup Repair tool, conduct SFC and DISM scans, perform a system restore, and reset your computer to solve the issue. We recommend using EaseUS Partition Master as an SFC and DISM alternative tool that Windows 11 users can fully trust and rely on.

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FAQs About SFC/Scannow and DISM

1. Can I Run SFC and DISM at the Same Time? 

Running these two tools simultaneously can cause system failures by attempting to fix problems that aren't necessarily present. Running the two tools simultaneously is not recommended if you need a quick fix because it may add new flaws on top of the ones that have already been addressed. 

To avoid any issues, run SFC and DISM in different sequences on Windows 11 or other older systems. 

2. What does sfc/ scannow command do?

The SFC command can do the following issues for you:

  • Scan all system files
  • Find existing problems, including incorrect, corrupted, or damaged system files
  • Repair or replace damaged system files

The System File Checker utility tests the integrity of Windows system files and repairs them necessarily.

3. Should I run CHKDSK or SFC first?

There is no specific order or sequence to run CHKDSK or SFC. It depends on your demands or what your goal is. 

  • SFC scans and repairs corrupted system files. It helps when Windows programs crash or PC is unable to launch or run some system programs, blue screen, or even boot issues.
  • CHKDSK scans and fix internal file system errors that causes a disk or storage devices with inaccessible, or data read & write issue, for example, disk failure or corruption.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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