“The System cannot find the specified file” is it your problem too?
Yes, you are not the first one to face this. This kind of error pop-up, usually when one has updated the Windows. Device tricks illustrate some simple manual troubleshooting methods which are recommended to perform first before going to an IT specialist.
This kind of error is a terror to your Computer and need a serious attention towards it.
- 1 What is “The System cannot find the specified file”?
- 2 “The System cannot find the specified file”: Solutions
- 3 Conclusion
What is “The System cannot find the specified file”?
“The System cannot find the specified file” is a common bug for Windows users especially for Windows 10. Such type of errors point towards an error code i.e 0x80070002 or 0x80070003 but depending on the specification of OS, failure type, and other indicators the error code may differ. Some reasons were speculated which may be causing the problem; some of them are missing drive files, connection problems, abnormal registry keys, disk errors in the source volume, and so on.
When you encounter this message, our suggestion is, do not ignore it, this may lead to malfunctioning of the computer.
“The System cannot find the specified file”: Solutions
1. Scan your computer
- “The System cannot find the specified file” this error is a common bug for windows. In order to fix the problem, it is suggested to run the antivirus and scan the entire system to get rid of the virus.
- If scanning and cleaning the system doesn’t fix the problem, try another method to resolve the problem.
2. Check the System Log files
- Open the Run Program and search for c:/windows/inf folder.
- Search in the search box for steupapi.dev.log file and open it.
- Press Ctrl + F hotkey and search for “cannot find the file”.
- Copy the missing file and paste it in Windows/inf folder. Reinstall it in the system and reboot the PC.
3. Uninstall and Reinstall the Drive
- Go to Device Manager with the help of Run program.
- Open the Device Manager and look out for the drive to be uninstalled. Right Click on the drive and select Uninstall from the context menu.
- Confirm the un-installation process. Once the Drive is Uninstalled, Reinstalled it again.
4. Install Windows Update
- Press Win + I and go for update and security option. Open the folder.
- Check for the latest updates. Install all the listed updates. Once finish with installation restart the system to complete the Windows updating.
- If updating Windows will not solve the problem try next method to fix it.
5. Restore or Repair the Missing files
- Right click on the start button and select “Command Prompt (Admin)” and type “sfc/scannow”. Press enter to run a full scanning of the system.
- The scanning will run for approximately 5–10 min.
- On completion, if everything is fine, the message will display on your screen “Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity Violations”.
- Display of the message shows that the system is successfully repaired missing or corrupted files in Windows with SFC.
6. Modification of Registry Keys
- Press Win + R to open the Run program and type regedit in the search box and enter OK.
- Before fixing the problem first secure the current registry condition. Create the backup by selecting File. Right-click the File folder and enter Export.
- Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version.
- Expand the Current Version folder and look out for Run Once Key. Create it if the key is not found by simply right clicking on Current version folder. Select the New> Key from the context menu.
- Name the key as Run Once and check on the left pane if the key is created or not.
- Close the registry editor and restart the Windows.
- If the error still persists keep trying another method.
7. Delete ProfileImagePath Key
- Open Registry Editor.
- Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Profile List.
- Expand the Profile List and check whether the ProfileImagePath value is available on the right pane.
- If certain sub-keys do not show the values or the data is empty, right-click and choose Delete option to delete it from the menu.
8. Delete the Config value from the registry
- Open the Registry Editor.
- Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Network\Config key.
- Right-click on Config Key and select Delete.
- Reboot the system.
“The system cannot find the specified file” error has the potential to affect your computer and its functioning. We hope the aforesaid methods have resolved the issue.
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