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How to fix the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT error

Here you will find out:

  • what the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT error is
  • how to fix this error
  • how DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

About the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT error

You likely have heard about the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), which refers to Windows errors that prevent PC users from booting their computers; instead, they get stuck with a blue screen. In particular, the PFN_LIST blue screen appears when Windows is unable to read a Page Frame Number (PFN). PFN is an algorithm utilized by hard drives to establish the location of files saved in the disk.

How to fix this error

Method 1: Uninstall antivirus

Most of the time, the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT error is caused due to your antivirus settings. Hence, when you see this Windows error message, you should uninstall the antivirus software you're using. Some PC users who have faced this error have said that this trick worked for them.

However, some antivirus programs may not be able to be uninstalled easily. If so, you'll need to install the antivirus's dedicated uninstaller program.

Method 2: Launch and run the BSOD troubleshooter

Windows 10 comes with a set of built-in troubleshooting tools, which can be used to fix most issues with the OS. Run the BSOD troubleshooter to try to fix this error.


  • Launch Windows Settings page by pressing Windows Key + I.
  • Open the "Update & Security" section and navigate to the "Troubleshoot" tab.
  • Expand the "Blue Screen" tab and click on the "Run the Troubleshooter" button.
  • Follow the prompt instructions to complete the process.

Method 3: Use the SFC scan

SFC is a built-in utility in Windows that scans for errors and fixes them automatically. It is available on Windows 7, 8, and 10.


  • Launch "Command Prompt (Admin)" – Press Windows Key + X and choose the option from the context menu.
  • Type the following command into the Command Prompt interface: SFC/scannow.
  • Hit the Enter key on the keyboard.

Method 4: Use DISM

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is also a built-in Windows utility that automatically fixes most Windows issues.


  • Run Command Prompt as an Admin, following the steps explained in the previous method.
  • Type the following command: DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth.
  • Hit the Enter key on the keyboard.

If you're using installation media (Windows ISO), enter the command below instead of the one above: DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth/source:WIM:X:SourcesInstall.wim:1/LimitAccess

Note: replace the "X" after "WIM:" with the drive letter of where Windows was previously installed.

Restart the computer afterwards.

Recover corrupted partitions easily

If in the process of trying to fix the PFN_LIST_CORRUPT error you ended up deleting some important files or partitions from your PC, DiskInternals Partition Recovery can help to get back those lost data easily. DiskInternals Partition Recovery is a professional data recovery solution for Windows with lots of handy features. It supports virtually all Windows file system formats, and comes with a built-in intuitive Recovery wizard.

DiskInternals Partition Recovery runs smoothly on Windows 7, 8, and 10. It is also able to read and recover lost data from various types of external/internal storage devices and drive. Furthermore, the software supports three recovery modes, meant for different data loss scenarios.

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