C:\windows\system32\SFC.DLL is either not designed to run on windows or it contains an error

This error pops up right after start up and when starting some programs. How can I solve this problem? It is annoying it starts during start up of Open Office and other programs.

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Last updated October 12, 2018 Views 4,379 Applies to:

Hello Tyler,

Thank you for posting your question on Microsoft Community Forum.

I would like to know some information about the issue so that we could assist you further.

1. Did you make any software or hardware changes prior to the issue?

2. What are the other programs on which dll error show up?

3. Which anti virus is installed on the computer?

I would suggest you to try the following steps:

Method 1 Try to run sfc /scannow to check system files integrity on the computer.

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files

System File Checker is a utility in Windows that allows users to scan for corruptions in Windows system files and restore corrupted files. This article describes how to run the System File Checker tool (SFC.exe) to scan your system files and to repair missing or corrupted system files in Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. If a Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing or is corrupted, Windows may not behave as expected. For example, some Windows functions may not work, or Windows may crash.

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files


Method 2

Step 1: Try booting your computer in the safe mode and check if the issue persists:

Start your computer in safe mode http://windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/start-computer-safe-mode#start-computer-safe-mode=windows-7  

Step 2: If the system works fine in the safe mode, try to clean boot the system:

How to perform a clean boot in Windows


Note: Refer "How to reset the computer to start normally after clean boot troubleshooting" to reset the computer to start as normal after troubleshooting.

Method 3

Run Microsoft Security Scanner as there can be possible virus on the computer


Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need further assistance, we’ll be glad to assist you.

Thank you

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