While multiple solutions exist to fix broken registry items in Windows 10, some even advanced, this post will discuss two that are easy to execute.
I’ll start with the easiest solution.
Solution 1: Leveraging the Inbuilt System File Checker
Abbreviated as SFC, the Windows 10 System File Checker quite literally exists for the purpose of fixing broken system files. For the most part, the process is divided into two steps:
- First, the system scans for the files.
- Next, it restores the corrupted files. Technically, it replaces it with a previously working cached copy.
How to Run the SFC (System File Checker) in Windows 10
Step 1: Run the command prompt as an administrator.
Step 2: Type the following command below:
Once done, press enter, and the process will begin (screenshot below for reference).
Solution 2: Performing a Reset
Like many electronics, performing a reset can fix many problems. Windows 10 is no different when it comes to resolving broken registries. To execute, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Get to the recovery settings (which is where the reset options are) by searching for “reset this pc” in the start menu.
Step 2: Next, select the “get started” button under the Reset this PC heading.
Step 3: Choose the best suitable option to eventually reset your PC.
Outside of these two methods, a few more sophisticated solutions are available; however, leveraging system restore points can also work in your favor. It’s something that I am not discussing here, but I have touched on it in my post about deleting backup files.
And yes, the post is about deletion, but you’ll notice the point I make about restore points. High-level, if enabled, Windows will create “restore points,” which in other words translates to storing all the conditions of a properly working Windows OS. The entire idea of restore points is precisely that. If you notice something broken, something not working, you can transition back to a point when it was.
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The solutions proposed to fix broken registry items in Windows 10 should do the trick — especially resetting. Start first with SFC though, in the command prompt, and then attempt other options.
A few more nuanced and advanced settings are also available to configure that you can find with additional research. And if you look deep enough, you may even find paid services or tools available and ready to assist with fixing broken registries.