A broken Windows system file can be a major cause of computer problems. System files are critical components for the operation of your computer and any damage or corruption to them can render your machine unusable. It is important to identify the problem correctly and repair the file as soon as possible to avoid unexpected system crashes and data loss.
1. Create a restore point
The first step in repairing broken Windows system files is to create a restore point. A restore point is a snapshot of your computer taken at a specific point in time. This will allow you to return your computer to a state before any changes occur. You can create a restore point by going to the Control Panel, clicking System and Security, selecting System, and then clicking System Protection.
2. Identify the system file that is causing the issue
To identify which system file is causing the issue, you will need to use a tool such as SFC (System File Checker). This tool is built into Windows and can detect and replace corrupted system files. To run the SFC tool, open an elevated command prompt (Run as Administrator) and type in the command “sfc /scannow”. The scan will take a few minutes to complete and it will report any corrupt or missing system files.
3. Use Windows Update to download and install the latest updates
If you are able to identify the system file that is causing the issue, you can try to use Windows Update to download and install the latest updates. To do this, open the Control Panel, click System and Security, select Windows Update, and then click Check for Updates. If any updates are available, they will be downloaded and installed automatically.
4. Use the System Restore feature to undo any recent changes
If the issue persists, you can try to use the System Restore feature to undo any recent changes. System Restore takes snapshots of your system at different intervals and allows you to revert back to a previous state. To access System Restore, open the Control Panel, click System and Security, select System, and then click System Restore. Choose the restore point that you want to revert to and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
5. Use the manufacturer’s recovery partition to reinstall the operating system
If none of the above methods work, you may need to use the manufacturer’s recovery partition to reinstall the operating system. This may be the only option if the operating system is severely corrupted. Each manufacturer has a different process for accessing the recovery partition, so you will need to refer to the documentation that came with your machine.
By following these steps, you should be able to repair broken Windows system files and get your computer up and running again. Remember to always create a restore point prior to making any major changes and to always have a backup of your system and data.