How to Configure System File Scan Shortcuts in Windows 11

The system file scan (SFC) is one of the most useful diagnostic tools in your arsenal, so why not make it a shortcut?

A Windows 11 laptop

System File Checker is one of the most useful maintenance utilities in Windows 11. This command-line tool finds and repairs corrupt system files when you enter and run its sfc/scannow order. Running SFC scans can often resolve Windows errors and issues.

To run an SFC scan, you usually need to open the command prompt and manually enter its command there. However, there are several ways to configure shortcuts to run System File Checker scans in Windows 11. You can configure desktop shortcuts, hotkey and context menu for System File Checker as shown below.

How to Add System Files Scan Desktop Shortcut to Windows 11 Desktop

To add a System File Checker shortcut to the desktop, you need to set up a batch file that runs an SFC scan when clicked. Then you can create a desktop shortcut for this file. You can set up an SFC batch file and shortcut with Notepad as follows.

  1. To display the search field, press the Win + S keyboard shortcut.
  2. Type Notepad in the search text box to find the app.
  3. Click on Notepad to open it.
  4. Copy this code to the System File Checker batch file by highlighting it and pressing CTRL+C.
    sfc /scannow
  5. Click in Notepad and press the Ctrl+V paste the keyboard shortcut.
    sfc scannow batch file
  6. To select File and Save as in Notepad.
    save as option
  7. Click it Save as tap the drop-down menu and select All the files the.
    The All Files option
  8. Type System File Checker.bat in the Name box.
  9. Choose a folder in which to save the file.
  10. Then select the ANSI possibility on the Coding scrolling menu.
  11. Click it to safeguard option.
  12. Open File Explorer (via its Win + E keyboard shortcut) and the folder where you saved the SFC command file.
  13. Right-click the System File Checker.bat file and select Show more options.
  14. Select the Send to > Desktop (create shortcut) options.
    Desktop option (create shortcut)
  15. Right-click the new System File Checker.bat shortcut on the desktop and select Properties.
  16. Click it Advanced button.
  17. Select the Execute as administrator checkbox in the Advanced Properties window, then click the Okay button.
    Run as administrator option
  18. Then press the To apply button in the properties window.
  19. Click on Okay to exit the System File Checker.bat Properties window.


Try your new System File Checker shortcut. Double-click the System File Checker desktop icon, and then click Yes on UAC prompts. Then an SFC scan will start in the command prompt. Wait for the end of the analysis to see its result.

Also read: What is a desktop shortcut and how does it work?

How to configure a system file scan hotkey

After setting up a System File Checker desktop shortcut, you can establish a keyboard shortcut for the SFC tool. Adding a keyboard shortcut to the desktop shortcut of the batch file will allow you to run a system file scan by pressing a Ctrl + Alt key combination. Follow these steps to establish a hotkey for SFC scanning.

  1. Add System File Checker shortcut to Windows 11 desktop as shown above.
  2. Right-click the System File Checker desktop shortcut to select its Properties context menu option.
    The Properties option
  3. Click inside the Shortcut key box to place the cursor there.
  4. hurry S to establish a Ctrl+Alt+S key combination for the shortcut.
    The shortcut key box
  5. Be sure to press the To apply button.
  6. Click on the Properties window Okay button.

You can now run System File Checker scans by pressing the button Ctrl+Alt+S keyboard shortcut you just configured. Do not delete the System File Checker desktop shortcut or its target batch file. The hotkey won’t work if you remove either one.

Also read: How to configure your own keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11

The desktop context menu is a good place for shortcuts, but Windows 11 doesn’t include an option to add them there. However, you can add many new shortcuts and options to the context menu with Winaero Tweaker.

This free customization software for Windows has an option to add a System File Checker shortcut to the context menu. Here’s how to add a scan system files shortcut to the context menu with Winaero Tweaker.

  1. Open the Winaero Tweaker home page.
  2. Click it Download WinaeroTweaker option on the homepage.
  3. After downloading the ZIP archive of the program, press the key Windows + E keys simultaneously.
  4. Open the folder containing the Winaero Tweaker ZIP file.
  5. Double-click on the file to open the archive.
  6. Tap File Explorer Extract all button for ZIP archives.
    The Extract All button
  7. If not already selected by default, select the View extracted files when complete check box.
  8. Click on Extract to unzip the ZIP archive.
    The Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders window
  9. Double-click the Winaero Tweaker installer file from its extracted folder.
  10. Click on following to continue, and select the regular mode radio button.
  11. To select I accept the agreement and following options.
  12. If you prefer to change the Winaero Tweaker installation folder, click Browse and select another one.
  13. Then keep clicking following to reach the To install option. Press the Install option button.
  14. After installing Winaero Tweaker, click on the desktop shortcut of this software to launch it.
  15. Double click on the Context menu ccategory in the Winaero Tweaker window.
  16. To select SFC/Scannow to the left of Winaero Tweaker.
    Add SFC Scannow option
  17. Then click on the checkbox for the Add SFC Scannow to desktop context menu option.

Your desktop context menu will now include a Run SFC Scannow option. Right-click desktop to select Show more options. Move the cursor over the SFC/Scannow sub-menu and select Run SFC/Scannow. A System File Checker scan will then start.

The Run SFC /Scannow option

Also Read: How To Add Software Shortcuts To Windows 11 Desktop Context MenuWhile you’re at it, you can also add a repair maintenance and manage deployment image command shortcut to the context menu with Winaero Tweaker. Microsoft recommends users to run Windows Image Repair command before running SFC scans.

You can add a context menu shortcut for this command by selecting Repair Windows Image > Add Repair Windows Image to Desktop Context Menu in Winaero Tweaker.

Windows 11 shortcuts will make System File Checker more accessible

Scanning system files is one of the most important Windows maintenance tasks that you should not ignore. Setting up new System File Checker shortcuts will allow you to run regular SFC scans faster. You won’t need to manually open the command prompt and enter the SFC command when you can activate this utility with desktop, keyboard or context menu shortcuts.

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