Fixing Corrupted Files in Windows® 7
Get to know more about fixing corrupted files in Windows 7
Corrupted files can be there in any operating system and need not a case with Windows 7 specifically. Any data file, program file, font file or system file which has been significantly damaged is a corrupt file and such a file typically either will not perform properly or will not open at all. A corrupt file may even cause a program crash or system crash in some cases. Microsoft Office and other applications can become corrupted or cannot be opened in a number of different ways. The corruption can occur if the application crashes, if Windows 7 crashes, if the file is infected with a macro virus or if the actual sectors on the disk become unreadable or damaged. The most common type of file corruption issues faced by users is the MS Office file corruption.
The following points discuss the various ways of fixing corrrupted files and simple preventive measures which can be taken to avoid such mishaps in the future:
- Measures to be taken
- Fix the files
- Prevention method
Measures to be taken
Most of corrupted files could not be repaired and you should delete or replace them immediately on notice. However, you can occasionally use a program to repair a corrupted file or at least salvage some of the data within the file using recovery software. Some programs of this type are available on the web for free. If the file is a system or program file, you can check your hard disk for errors and if any bad files are reported, Windows might be able to repair them by itself. Check the drivers also for errors.
Fix the files
If the corrupted file is an important system or program file you will have to reinstall the program again. When you restore a previous version from a restore point, the file is already saved on your computer, so you do not have to do anything additional to it. If you restore a previous version of a file or folder from a backup, after you select the previous version and click Restore, Windows opens the Restore Files wizard, and then you follow the steps in the wizard accordingly. The drive or media that your backup is stored should be available.
It is rare phenomenon for a file to become corrupted. Typically, it happens when something goes wrong while the file is being saved in your computer. For example, the program saving the file might stop working, or your computer might lose power just as the file is getting saved. You can always decrease the chances of a file becoming corrupted by protecting your computer power with a surge suppressor or with an uninterruptible power supply UPS but also always ensure you turn off your computer properly. Avoid holding and pressing the power button because it usually forces Windows to shut down abruptly.
iYogi is a leading provider of online subscription-based technical support services offered directly to consumers and small businesses across a wide range of computing and communications devices and software. With a pool of thousands of tech experts, the company offers its services primarily through long-term unlimited service subscription plans of 1 to 3 years, on a 24/7 basis 365 days a year. Our Annual Subscription covers the following services:
- Comprehensive support for Fixing Corrupted Files in Windows® 7.
- Diagnostic & repair for your technologies.
- Troubleshoot software errors.
- Update drivers and security to protect against online threats.
- Connect to Internet, devices and peripherals.
- Optimize your computer’s speed and performance.
Unlimited access to wide range of service offerings, all year around! iYogi’s resolution rates are amongst the highest in the technical support industry.