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SFC Windows System File Checker
The following article explains how to use Windows System File Checker (SFC) in order to repair corrupted or damaged system files. It enables you to use this tool in the following Windows platforms: Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
 

About SFC
System File Checker (SFC.exe) enables Windows users to check the integrity of the various system files - it automatically replaces any of those files with their correct version if it finds them corrupted, modified, or incorrect.

In order to use the System File Checker, you need to run the sfc /scannow command from your Windows command prompt with administrator rights.

sfc /scannow

Windows 7

(1) Click on Start menu
(2) In the Search programs and files box, type: cmd
(3) Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER
(4) Once the command prompt opens, type: sfc /scannow and press ENTER

Windows Vista

(1) Click on Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories
(2) Right click on Command Prompt
(3) Select Run as administrator
(4) Once the command prompt opens, type: sfc /scannow and press ENTER

Windows XP

(1) Click on Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories
(2) Right click on Command Prompt
(3) Select Run as…
(4) A popup window opens with:
Which user account do you want to use to run this program?
(5) Select your PC’s admin account
(6) Once the command prompt opens, type: sfc /scannow and press ENTER

 
   
 

Tip!
If Windows System File Checker hasn’t been able to detect or fix the problem that you’re currently experiencing, it is recommended to conduct a free comprehensive errors scan to your PC via the following Windows errors repair tool.

   
 
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Anonymous Andy Dec 4, 2013

Should this fix an error I got saying "The procedure entry point_BinkSetMixBins@16 could not be located in the dynamic library binkw32.dll"


alex Sep 4, 2013

can you help me with this problem.
____.dll was loaded, but the DllRegisterServer entry point was not found."


Adamson Aug 31, 2012

I have Windows XP, followed the above instructions & was told an Advisor can only use this process. When the pop-up window for "Run as" shows, the 2 choices are myself in the 1st circle, which has a dot in it it with the "Protect my computer..." box checked below it. The 2nd circle is faded, & offers the choice, "The following user" & room for a user name & password. How/where do I find out who the administrator is? Please reply. Thank you!

Yaron Aug 31, 2012

Hi Adamson,

It seems to me that you have one user account on your Windows XP machine, which should be your Administrator’s account. If you’re not sure, simply check under your XP’s Control Panel -> User Accounts if you have other accounts and which of them have Administrator’s privileges. Anyway, if you bootup your machine and you’re being asked for a log-in user name and password, use the Administrator’s account log-in details, if you’re not being asked for any log-in details, simply wait until Windows finishes uploading, then click START -> Run… and then type the sfc /scannow and press ENTER. Let me know if works now.


   
 

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