SFC - System File Checker - won't correct faults it found

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by notaguru, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. notaguru

    notaguru Guest

    SFC works fine, and according to the log (Windows/Logs/CBS) it
    found corrupted files.

    Some were automatically repaired, but apparently others could
    not be. What do I do next?

    Also, does SFC ever run automatically in the background?

    Thanks
     
    notaguru, Sep 8, 2007
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  2. notaguru

    John Barnes Guest

    Are you saying you ran sfc /scannow and it did not ask for the Vista
    distro. Some Microsoft Press books say it should, though I haven't
    experienced the need to.
     
    John Barnes, Sep 8, 2007
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  3. notaguru

    dean-dean Guest

    Since the cbs.log may be huge (it's used by other programs besides the SFC),
    you might want to do this:

    To create relevant SFC-only information gleaned from the cbs.log, and put it
    in a small file called sfcdetails.txt, right-click Command Prompt (using the
    shortcut in Start Menu\Programs\Accessories) and choose Run as
    Administrator. By default, the prompt starts in C:\Users\(Your Name).
    Type:

    cd desktop

    Press Enter on your keyboard. Then Copy and Paste this at the prompt:

    findstr /c:"[SR]" %windir%\logs\cbs\cbs.log >sfcdetails.txt

    Press Enter. Sfcdetails.txt should then appear on your Desktop.

    Looking at entries for the latest date in sfcdetails.txt, what files are
    noted as being problematic?
    SFC is a program run by using Command Prompt, so, no, it does run
    automatically.
     
    dean-dean, Sep 8, 2007
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  4. notaguru

    notaguru Guest

    Right. The message was something like 'SFC complete, some errors
    cannot be repaired.' I looked at the log, and it was in Greek.
    Here is an extract showing two failures-to-repair:

    ************************************
    2007-09-07 21:05:20, Info CSI 00000140 [SR]
    Beginning Verify and Repair transaction

    Cannot repair member file [l:20{10}]"tcpmon.ini" of
    Microsoft-Windows-Printing-StandardPortMonitor-TCPMonINI,
    Version = 6.0.6000.16386, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_INTEL (0),

    Cannot repair member file [l:24{12}]"settings.ini" of
    Microsoft-Windows-Sidebar, Version = 6.0.6000.16386
    ************************************

    There was a lot more, showing comparative data and nonmatches.

    No request for the disc - which wasn't included in this new Dell
    laptop. Instead, there's a 10GB partition that presumably
    contains Vista files.
     
    notaguru, Sep 8, 2007
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  5. notaguru

    dean-dean Guest

    Ooops.
    That should be "... no, it does not run automatically."

     
    dean-dean, Sep 8, 2007
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  6. Hello John,
    In Windows Vista, SFC /scannow will not prompt for the disk for files.
    If the Microsoft Press books state that they are incorrect.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

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    |> Are you saying you ran sfc /scannow and it did not ask for the Vista
    |> distro. Some Microsoft Press books say it should, though I haven't
    |> experienced the need to.
    |>
    |>
    |> |> > SFC works fine, and according to the log (Windows/Logs/CBS) it found
    |> > corrupted files.
    |> >
    |> > Some were automatically repaired, but apparently others could not be.
    What
    |> > do I do next?
    |> >
    |> > Also, does SFC ever run automatically in the background?
    |> >
    |> > Thanks
    |>
    |>
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Sep 9, 2007
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  7. notaguru

    Peter Foldes Guest

    John

    Running SFC when problems are found it will NOT ask for the media. I do not know why Microsoft Press would state otherwise
     
    Peter Foldes, Sep 9, 2007
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  8. notaguru

    John Barnes Guest

    Thanks for the clarification. I was relying on the book Windows Vista
    Inside/Out page 824. "It might prompt you for Windows Vista distribution
    media in order to carry out its repairs"
    Given the way it is now installed I didn't see how, but without mounting the
    disk, I thought there might be a separate folder of critical system files.
     
    John Barnes, Sep 9, 2007
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  9. notaguru

    uvbogden Guest

    My computer was unable to do error checking (chkdsk) and errors began to
    accumulate. System restore did not go back far enough to restore this
    function. System File Check identified a corrupt system file "autochk.exe"
    that sfc was unable to repair. Instead of doing a clean install, I was able
    to do an Upgrade Install that preserved my programs, devices, settings, etc.
    (see John Barnett Windows MVP).

    I wanted to replace my corrupt system file with a good one from the Vista
    Install DVD without having to do a complete install, but was unable to do
    this until now. From multiple sources including contributors on Vista
    Communities, Windows IT Pro, How-To Geek, and Vistax64 Forum, I have put
    together a tutorial on how to access files from your Vista Install DVD that
    you can use to replace corrupt files in your OS. See the link below:

    http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/86959-access-vista-install-dvd-files.html

    System File Check will identify corrupt system files that it can't repair
    (see CBS.log). You can replace these corrupt files with good copies from the
    Vista Install DVD. Many thanks to those who contributed to this solution.



     
    uvbogden, Sep 10, 2007
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  10. Hello John,
    There is a separate copy of the what are considered the boot critical files
    that can be repaired with SFC while offline.
    These are in the \windows\winsxs\backup, but the number of files there are
    limited.

    Mounting the wim file from the DVD and manually copying the files from the
    mounted location to the OS location is the only way to replace a corrupted
    file that cannot be repaired with SFC.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    |> Thanks for the clarification. I was relying on the book Windows Vista
    |> Inside/Out page 824. "It might prompt you for Windows Vista
    distribution
    |> media in order to carry out its repairs"
    |> Given the way it is now installed I didn't see how, but without mounting
    the
    |> disk, I thought there might be a separate folder of critical system
    files.
    |>
    |>
    message
    |> |> > Hello John,
    |> > In Windows Vista, SFC /scannow will not prompt for the disk for files.
    |> > If the Microsoft Press books state that they are incorrect.
    |> > Thanks,
    |> > Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    |> >
    |> > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
    rights
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    found
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    |> > |> Are you saying you ran sfc /scannow and it did not ask for the
    Vista
    |> > |> distro. Some Microsoft Press books say it should, though I haven't
    |> > |> experienced the need to.
    |> > |>
    |> > |>
    |> > |> |> > |> > SFC works fine, and according to the log (Windows/Logs/CBS) it
    found
    |> > |> > corrupted files.
    |> > |> >
    |> > |> > Some were automatically repaired, but apparently others could not
    be.
    |> > What
    |> > |> > do I do next?
    |> > |> >
    |> > |> > Also, does SFC ever run automatically in the background?
    |> > |> >
    |> > |> > Thanks
    |> > |>
    |> > |>
    |> >
    |>
    |>
     
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Sep 11, 2007
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  11. notaguru

    John Barnes Guest

    Thank you for the information.

     
    John Barnes, Sep 11, 2007
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  12. notaguru

    zeek Guest

    i performed the same sfc scan after a power outtage that caused my computer
    to shut off during start up, now it's all screwed up... the scan told me
    there were files that were corrupted. they were logged in a CBS.Log, whatever
    that is. i have a sony laptop that came without a vista install DVD. how can
    i repair this error? thanks in advance for any help you may be able to
    provide.

     
    zeek, Nov 4, 2007
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  13. notaguru

    Mr. Arnold Guest

    There should have been some instructions for making the Recovery DVD/CD for
    the O/S, which I'll assume your laptop comes equipped with a read/write
    DVD/CD drive. Or you got a Recovery DVD from Sony. That Recovery DVD/CD
    when made will allow you to install the O/S if you loose the O/S on the
    laptop or possibly repair the O/S.

    It is an absolute must that you make that Recovery DVD/CD due to the fact
    that the O/S is pre-installed by the manufacture of the laptop, and you have
    no discs for the O/S from the manufacture.

    My advise here is to get on the phone with Sony's tech support and let them
    get you out of this situation. The second thing after that is you ask them
    how to make that Recovery DVD/CD. You have to make that Recovery disc or you
    will be totally hosed, if you have to do something to restore/install the
    O/S.
     
    Mr. Arnold, Nov 4, 2007
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