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Hi, when I try to run SFC /SCANNOW, I see a black window on the screen for a brief millisecond and it closes before I can see anything on it.  I am able to run other things like msconfig but this one won't work.  Any ideas on how I can fix it? Thanks
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Two things you can try:

1. Restart in Safe Mode without Networking and try SFC in Safe Mode.

2. Run Windows 7 Repair Install. You need a Windows 7 DVD for this and here is a Seven Forums Tutorial to assist with the repair.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
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Run the sfc /scannow from a CMD prompt you opened as an admin, not via the run option of the OS. That way you will see any messages that show up.
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rindi, could you please tell me the steps to take to run it from CMD prompt
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Go Start and type cmd.exe in the box. When it pop up in the list, right click and select Run as Administrator. The black box will stay open.

I thought you had done this already (prior post). Now run SFC /SCANNOW.
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I've never used it this way.  I always went to run and typed in something.  Only done it a couple of times.  I did as you said and got a message saying that I had to run it as Administrator.  I am the only person that uses this laptop so I guess that makes me an Administrator.  How do I convey that to the computer?
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You need to see cmd.exe in the start window (left side) as something to run before it runs and right click on it. Then Run as Administrator. This is needed even if you are the administrator of the computer. Try it. SFC should run.
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I am curious at this point:  Did you try running cmd.exe with Run as Administrator?  And then how did SFC behave?
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I did as you suggested and it worked perfectly.  Now, for the most stupid question you have gotten, what does this tell you about your system?  It said it did not find any integrity violations.
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If it did not find any integrity violations, then your system should be OK.

You got the context menu working in a prior post.

So you should be fine now
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Thank you very much.  You guys have been very helpful.
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@camtz - You are very welcome and I was happy to help. Sorry that I assumed you had Run as Admin in the prior post. Nonetheless, I am glad you got it sorted out.
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Even if you are the only user to work with this PC, NEVER use an account with Administrator rights for that. You should rather create another standard user account which you will use for day to day use, and only use the admin account for tasks that can't be done with a standard account. Otherwise you make it easy for hackers and malware to take over. Besides that you can also break things unknowingly due to wrong manipulations.
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