I currently have no OS installed on my PC but my laptop came pre-installed with Windows 8.1, so there is an image on the hard disk to install Windows 8.1 without the need of USB.

However, when I tried to install Windows 8.1 from that image, I got the error message that the image was corrupt, so I need another bootable Windows USB to continue the installation which I don't have (I neither have a bootable Windows DVD or any bootable Windows USB).

So, I went to Command prompt from the startup in Advanced Options and tried running sfc /scannow but it didn't work. I have also tried chkdsk /f but they didn't work.

The sfc /scannow showed that there were some errors that need to be fixed, however it couldn't fix them for the reason that I am running the command from that partition itself.

It said something like The Windows cannot repair the partition.

How to fix the factory image corrupt error using the command prompt?

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    IMHO it is easier to download a Win8.1 image, create a bootable USB stick with it and install from scratch as trying to "fix the factory image corrupt error using the command prompt" – duDE Jan 6 '17 at 13:09
  • @duDE I don't have a USB with capacity to store the ISO file. – user12458 Jan 6 '17 at 13:10
  • So buy some, it's about 5$ meantime. – duDE Jan 6 '17 at 13:12
  • the easiest would be to download the image from microsoft, format your complete drive and reinstall your OS with or without USB/DVD... – DJCrashdummy Jan 6 '17 at 13:13
  • @DJCrashdummy how? Where should I boot that ISO from? – user12458 Jan 6 '17 at 13:14

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