Windows 11 can sometimes be inconvenient. Whether it’s the apps that refuse to open or the search tool that works, random errors on Windows can often surprise you. Fortunately, troubleshooting tools like the System File Checker (or SFC) scan can often be of great help in resolving these issues. But what happens when SFC scan fails to repair corrupt files and shows the message “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to repair some”?
If you’re wondering how to fix this error message, this guide has some troubleshooting tips to help. So, let’s check them out.
1. Use Check Disk Utility
One of the main reasons why SFC scan may fail is that some of your PC’s critical system files have become inaccessible. The Check Disk utility can help you scan your disk for file errors and bad sectors. Therefore, you should start with this.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + E to launch File Explorer in Windows. Right-click on the primary drive and select Properties.
2nd step: In the Properties windows, switch to the Tools tab. Then, under Error Checking, click the Check button.
Step 3: Select Scan Drive to begin the disk check operation.
Depending on the disk size, this process may take some time. After running the check disk utility, try running the SFC scan to see if it can fix those corrupt files now.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start menu and select Windows Terminal (admin).
2nd step: In the console, type the command below and hit enter.
2. Run DISM scan
If the SFC scan fails to replace the corrupted files with their cached version, you can run a DISM (or Deployment Image Servicing and Management) scan instead. DISM will perform a deep scan of your PC and download all internal system files from Microsoft servers if necessary. Of course, you will need to be connected to the internet for this to work.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + X and select Windows Terminal (admin).
2nd step: Run the following command.
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
After the scan is complete, try running the SFC scan again.
3. Try Safe Mode
Any of the apps or services running in the background can interfere with the SFC scan and lead to such failures. You can try to start Windows in safe mode then run SFC scan to rule that out. Here’s how.
Step 1: Open the start menu and click the power icon at the bottom. Next, hold down the Shift key and select Restart.
2nd step: After your PC restarts, it will ask you to select an option. Click Troubleshoot to continue.
Step 3: Then go to Advanced Options.
Step 4: On the Advanced Options screen, select Startup Settings.
Step 5: Next, click on the Restart button to visit the Startup Settings menu.
Step 6: Finally, press F4 on your keyboard to restart your PC in safe mode.
Once you are in safe mode, try running the SFC scan to see if it can fix those corrupt files now.
4. Uninstall Windows Updates
Occasionally, Windows Updates can also go wrong. If you see the message “Windows Resource Protection has detected corrupt files” only after installing a Windows update, you can try uninstalling that particular update to see if that helps.
Step 1: Press Windows Key + I to launch the Settings app. Go to the Windows Update tab and click Update History.
2nd step: Scroll down to Related Settings and click on Uninstall updates option.
Step 3: Select the recently installed update and click Uninstall.
5. Use System Restore
System Restore is a useful utility in Windows that backs up the entire system periodically or just before detecting any major changes. So if nothing works, you can use System Restore to undo recent changes to your PC and get back to a point where it was working fine. Read on to find out how.
Step 1: Press Windows key + S to open window search, type create a restore pointand press Enter.
2nd step: Switch to the System Protection tab. Next, click on the System Restore button.
Step 3: Choose the recommended restore point or choose one yourself with the second option. Then press Next.
From there, follow the on-screen instructions to begin the process.
Say no to corruption
Hope one of the solutions above helped you fix those corrupt files on Windows 11 and things are back to normal. But if you still encounter the same error, you may need to consider reset windows last resort.