Is there SFC in Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Juan I. Cahis, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. Dear friends:

    When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    me, but I kept the practice of doing it.

    But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?

    Thanks
    Juan I. Cahis
    Santiago de Chile (South America)
    Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!
     
    Juan I. Cahis, Jun 11, 2007
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  2. Juan I. Cahis

    Mac Guest

    Seems MS still advocate it... never bothered with it myself...

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833

    Dear friends:

    When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    me, but I kept the practice of doing it.

    But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?

    Thanks
    Juan I. Cahis
    Santiago de Chile (South America)
    Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!
     
    Mac, Jun 11, 2007
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  3. Juan I. Cahis

    Mac Guest

    Should add for others reading that this usage applies to

    .. Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition
    .. Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition
    .. Windows Vista Business
    .. Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition
    .. Windows Vista Enterprise
    .. Windows Vista Ultimate

    ONLY


    Dear friends:

    When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    me, but I kept the practice of doing it.

    But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?

    Thanks
    Juan I. Cahis
    Santiago de Chile (South America)
    Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!
     
    Mac, Jun 11, 2007
    #3
  4. Juan I. Cahis

    Mike Mueller Guest

    ---- Original Message -----
    From: "Juan I. Cahis" <>
    When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    me, but I kept the practice of doing it.

    But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?
    ********************************************

    I never thought of using it as a maintenance item, more of a repair item.

    Anyways, SFC is still there, and this MSKB article will tell you how to do
    it:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833/en-us
     
    Mike Mueller, Jun 11, 2007
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  5. Juan I. Cahis

    Malke Guest

    Yes, the System File Checker is in Vista.

    No, it isn't necessary to run it periodically. It wasn't necessary in XP
    and it isn't necessary in Vista. The KB article may advocate it, but in
    Real Life(tm) one normally only uses the System File Checker if
    something is wrong.


    Malke
     
    Malke, Jun 11, 2007
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  6. The system file checker (SFC) is available in Vista and is used in exactly
    the same way as with Windows XP. However, using it once a month isn't really
    necessary. The last time I used it was about 12 months ago on XP and I've
    never, as yet, used it on Vista.

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    Windows - Shell/User

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    Dear friends:

    When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    me, but I kept the practice of doing it.

    But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?

    Thanks
    Juan I. Cahis
    Santiago de Chile (South America)
    Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!
     
    John Barnett MVP, Jun 11, 2007
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  7. Juan I. Cahis

    R. McCarty Guest

    It (SFC) is really a self-maintaining utility.The only way an unexpected
    version file could exist if it the warning prompt is dismissed by the user.
    I've never real seen the value in running it manually or as a diagnostic
    tool for Windows issues.
     
    R. McCarty, Jun 11, 2007
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  8. I believe it will on any version of Vista. It can be used as part of a
    troubleshooting scenario if you are having problems with an unknown source.
    I would not run it as a part of a periodic maintenance routine.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jun 12, 2007
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  9. Juan I. Cahis

    Chad Harris Guest

    Hello Juan.

    There is SFC in Vista. It has changed architecturally for the better
    actually. Anyone who hasn't seen great value in running it has missed a
    basic tenant of Windows and still perhaps reached the MVP hall of fame.

    The basic value of running it is that it can fix badly broken systemically
    disrupted components of Windows, including those of IE and Win Mail. And on
    XP it can fix all those and OE.

    SFC or System File Checker is a bit like the spare tire in your car or a
    backup battery I suppose. In Vista of course, they have changed it somewhat
    and come up with a new name--Redmond stands for name it something different
    twice a year and now it's part of WRP or Windows Resource Protection. It
    scans protected resources including thousands of files, libraries, critical
    folders, and essential registry keys, and it replaces those that are
    corrupted with intact ones. It fixes a lot of problems in Windows XP, OE,
    Windows Vista, Win Mail, IE6, and on Vista or if it is installed on XP, IE7.
    It protects these things from changes by any source including
    administrators, by keeping a spare of most of them.


    How to Run SFC:

    Type "cmd" into the Search box above the Start Button>and when cmd comes up
    at the top of the Start menu>right click cmd and click "run as Admin" and
    when the cmd prompt comes up at the cmd prompt type "sfc /scannow" no quotes
    and let it run. This may fix things quite a bit. It replaces corrupt files
    with intact ones, if you're not familiar with it.

    SFC in Vista has been elevated to part of WRP or Windows Resource Protection
    which also prevents poorly written drivers from corrupting the registry.
    Protected resources include:

    Executable files, libraries, and other critical files.
    Crucial Folders
    Essential registry keys installed by Vista.

    WRP keeps you from modifying protected resources, even if you have
    administrative control.

    CH

    Dear friends:

    When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    me, but I kept the practice of doing it.

    But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?

    Thanks
    Juan I. Cahis
    Santiago de Chile (South America)
    Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!
     
    Chad Harris, Jun 12, 2007
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  10. Hello,
    How are we defining this as a self-maintaining utility?
    The protection is in the ACL now rather than in the service like it used to
    be.
    So the ACL is what is preventing the file from being overwritten or
    modified in Windows VIsta, rather than the service watching for directory
    change notifications and changing the file back after the fact.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    |> It (SFC) is really a self-maintaining utility.The only way an unexpected
    |> version file could exist if it the warning prompt is dismissed by the
    user.
    |> I've never real seen the value in running it manually or as a diagnostic
    |> tool for Windows issues.
    |>
    |> |> > The system file checker (SFC) is available in Vista and is used in
    exactly
    |> > the same way as with Windows XP. However, using it once a month isn't
    |> > really necessary. The last time I used it was about 12 months ago on
    XP
    |> > and I've never, as yet, used it on Vista.
    |> >
    |> > --
    |> > John Barnett MVP
    |> > Associate Expert
    |> > Windows - Shell/User
    |> >
    |> > Web: http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org
    |> > Web: http://vistasupport.mvps.org
    |> >
    |> > The information in this mail/post is supplied "as is". No warranty of
    any
    |> > kind, either expressed or implied, is made in relation to the
    accuracy,
    |> > reliability or content of this mail/post. The Author shall not be
    liable
    |> > for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages arising
    out
    |> > of the use of, or inability to use, information or opinions expressed
    in
    |> > this mail/post..
    |> >
    |> > |> > Dear friends:
    |> >
    |> > When I had WinXP installed in my computer, I used to run SFC /SCANNOW
    |> > every month on it. I don't remember who make that recommendation to
    |> > me, but I kept the practice of doing it.
    |> >
    |> > But now that I upgraded my computer to Vista Business, Is there SFC in
    |> > Vista? If it exists, is it also a good idea to run it periodically?
    |> >
    |> > Thanks
    |> > Juan I. Cahis
    |> > Santiago de Chile (South America)
    |> > Note: Please forgive me for my bad English, I am trying to improve it!
    |>
    |>
    |>
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Jun 22, 2007
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