System File Checker In Windows® Vista
What are the different command prompts for using System File Checker?
The System File Checker is a tool that is utilized to ensure that all the files in Windows® are placed correctly in addition to confirming that they are not corrupted. This utility in Microsoft® Windows® is used if other forms of checking such as virus and spyware checking, defragging and error checking have no effect on Windows® malfunctioning. Using the System File Checker is an ideal way to avoid a reinstallation through checking. The main function of the System File Checker utility that comes with Microsoft® Windows® is to perform scans of the Windows® system files and check them for corruption and restore them. The System File Checker is available with Windows® XP, Windows® Server 2003, Windows Vista®, Windows® 98 and Windows® 2000. In the Windows® NT operating system the file scans are done utilizing Windows® Resource Protection. In the operating systems of Windows® 7 and Windows Vista®, the System File Checker comes integrated with Windows® Resource Protection. This protects not only the critical system files but also the registry keys and folders. A user is also able to file folder paths such as Windows folder and the boot folder. If a user requires a file change via Windows® File Protection he has to register a notification of it in ‘Winlogon’. Changes to any protected file that are detected can be easily modified using the cached copy located in the form of a compressed folder. In the version of Windows® 2000 before the time of Service Pack 4 the System File Checker is known to override patches distributed by Microsoft®. The System File Checker in Windows Vista® can be activated through the use of command prompts. These command prompts and their functions are as follows:
- ‘Sfc/scannow’ command
- ‘Sfc/verifyonly’ command
- ‘Sfc/scanfile’=(full path of file) command
- ‘Sfc/ verifyfile’=(full path of file)
- ‘Sfc/ ?’ command
This is the command that users can rely on to perform a scan of all protected system files. The files will be checked for their integrity and repairs will be done if required.
This is a command that can be used to scan the protected system files. Only a scan for the files’ integrity will be done.
This is the command that is used when you want to replace the full path of the chosen file. With this command the System File Checker not only checks the integrity of the file but also repairs it as required.
If the above command is given to the System File Checker it scans the protected system file that is chosen by you and checks its integrity.
This command when given to the System File Checker will provide you with a full list of all the ‘sfc’ commands along with a description of their functions for the user’s convenience.