I did the sfc command which found no errors and was planning to run dism next. I was delaying in the hopes of getting an “aim small, miss small rifle shot” either here or in the MS community. I have noticed that installers which put up command prompts seem to be running successfully, which support my permissions suspicion since they run as different roles. My user account is running as an admin because of some of the stuff I do.

I will try chkdsk in between. I discovered I can run a number of commands from Windows+R bypassing the command prompt, so may try those commands via that method rather than going to SAFE MODE. Either way, I’ll delay those until my currently running back up is complete.

Thanks for the exchange,