How to Restore System Files on Windows 10


If you are a Windows user and are encountering issues with system files, your PC might be giving issues. Fortunately, there are different ways to fix corrupt system files on Windows 10. The post explains both internal and external ways to restore corrupted system files.

To repair corrupt system files make sure you read the article till the end.

How to Fix Corrupt System Files?

If your PC is not running or starting up properly, chances are that the core system files are corrupt. Though there’s no single reason for what is causing your PC to slow down, the probability of corrupt system files can not be neglected, and thus you should first find whether your computer has corrupt files.

There are multiple ways you can fix corrupt system files on your PC. Let’s look at each solution to find the right one and troubleshoot the issue.

Best Ways to Fix Corrupted System Files

Method 1 – Using System File Checker

A system file checker is an internal tool you can use to find and fix corrupted system files on Windows 10 and 11. All you have to do is –

  • Run Command Prompt as admin. Press Windows + S and search for CMD > click on Run as administrator.

run admin

  • Type the command sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt window. While typing the command, ensure you take care of the spaced characters.

command prompt

  • Once you have typed the command, hit enter. This will start the SFC scan on your PC.
  • Let the process finish. Keep in mind that it will scan all your system files and might take a little longer to finish the scan. Have patience, as it is a time-consuming process.
  • Detected errors will be fixed simultaneously. If there are no errors, you will get the message ‘Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.’

run system command

This way you can fix corrupt system files. However, you can try the following method if you still face issues.

Method 2 – Restoring Your PC to the Last Stable State

If the corrupt files have made their way to your PC or you cannot rectify the issue using SFC, chances are that your PC has severe virus and malware issues. In such cases, the antivirus programs and other rectifying methods cannot resolve the issue. The only way to get things sorted is to restore your PC.

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Note : You can use this method only if a restore point exists. Also, restoring the system will not affect personal files but will remove apps, drivers, and updates installed after the restore point was created. Therefore, before performing a system restore, you are requested to take a backup of your important files and folders.

To perform a system restore, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Windows button on the taskbar.
  • Search for the Control Panel & Open it.
  • In the Control Panel, find the Recovery.


  • In recovery, click on Open System Restore.

system restore

  • Follow the on-screen instructions of the System Restore wizard.

restore system file

  • Choose the restore point from the list of created ones. Remember that you choose a point before the PC starts showing the errors.

restore computer

  • Follow the instructions and let the system restore.

This method is highly trusted as it restores your PC to a stable state.

Writer’s Tip –

If the above steps seem complicated, you can use a third-party tool to create a backup of system files and restore it in case of emergency. Advanced System Optimizer is a dedicated tool that not only scans your PC for errors and helps keep a backup of the system files. Here’s how you can use the PC cleanup tool.

Here’s how the tool works –

  • Download and install the Advanced System Optimizer on Your PC using the button below.
  • Run the application.

Advanced System Optimizer

  • Click on Backup and Recovery to create a backup of your system files.. Creating  a backup plan can keep your system safe to restore as in manual restoration, you may lose your files and applications.

backup and recovery

  • Click on System Files Backup and Restore.

system file backup

  • Click on “Take Backup Now” to initiate the process.
  • Select a location to save the backup and click Start Backup.

restore location

  • This will start the backup process. Once done, you can use the Restore tab to resolve the corrupted system files issue on Windows 10.

backup prograss


Altered system files on your PC can reduce the quality of your work and hamper the overall user experience. Needless to say, these should be treated on priority and removed instantly. The methods shown in the blog are highly recommended as these can fulfill your requirements and fix system files on Windows 10.

I hope you find these techniques helpful. If you ask me what, I recommend the Advanced System Optimizer tool best due to its impeccable user-friendly interface. You do not need to dig in on system tools, as a single scan is enough. If you are a newbie to the world of Windows, it is the best way to handle such errors.

Leave a comment to tell me which technique you prefer. Good luck!


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Dishank Sharma
Dishank Sharma

A creative tech-writer who loves to explore latest tech-trends & convey them to his readers in the simplest way possible. He loves to blend the crispness of technology with a pinch of creativity while curating best practices for the readers. In his free time, he likes to scribble poetry, listen to rap & travel.

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