[Fixed] How to Fix “The system cannot find the file specified” in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7?

fix “The system cannot find the file specified” error

Are you suffering from “The system cannot find the file specified” Error message?

If YES then read this blog till the end, and apply all the given solutions one by one. 

This error can appear whenever user tries to: insert their USB flash drive, delete a specific file or folder, while using Windows Backup, while trying to add a printer, while installing an Epson scanner, while adding a printer driver on HP laptops, trying to reinstall network driver, trying to install certain application, while using VMware, while trying to run bcdedit command in Command Prompt, while using uTorrent and more.

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No matter when you are encountering this error message, as you need to concentrate on the below-given solutions and apply them very carefully in order to get rid of “The system cannot find the file specified” error message.

 

Causes of “The System Cannot Find the File Specified” Error Message

  • This error appears when system files permission was corrupt while optimizing application
  • Damage or Corrupt registry key
  • Missing or damaged files in drivers
  • Given file name was damaged

 

Fixes for “The system cannot find the file specified” Error Message

 

Trick 1: Check your PC for Disk Errors

  1. Open Command Prompt with admin privilege.
  2. Open Start Menu and right-click on the Command Prompt and select “Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. Now enter the following command in the command box

Chkdsk /r

  1. Press enter key to run this command and it will automatically fix the error.
  2. Once this command finishes restart your PC.

 

Also Read: How to Fix Directx Error after Updating to Windows 10 Creators Update? 

 

Trick 2: Remove the missing ProfileImagePath.

  1. To do this you need to open registry editor, press Windows key + R to open run dialogue box and type “regedit” to open Registry window.

  1. Now navigate to this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

  1. Expand the Profile list and you will see the first 4 profiles ProfileImagePath value of:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Config\SystemProfile%SystemRoot%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService%SystemRoot%\ServiceProfiles\NetworkServiceC:\Users\Aditya

  1. If you see that one or more of the profile without profile image, then you have missing profiles.

  1. Now, delete the profile in question and you may have fixed “The system cannot find the file specified” but if not then go to the trick 3.

 

Trick 3: Turn on/Enable AUTOMOUNT

  1. Run Command Prompt with admin privilege.
  2. Open Start Menu and right-click on the Command Prompt and select “Command Prompt (Admin).

  1. Type DISKPART and press enter key.

  1. Again type the following commands and press the ENTER key after every command:

DISKPART> automount

DISKPART> automount enable

  1. Restart and the volume will not go offline.
  2. If you are still facing the same issue, then again open DISKPART.
  3. Run the below-given commands:

C:\>Diskpart

C:\Diskpart> List volume

C:\Diskpart> Select volume 2 (Only choose 100 MB or system partition from list volumes)

C:\Diskpart> Online volume

C:\Diskpart> exit 

  1. At last, restart your PC to save all the changes.

 

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Trick 4: Repair dual-boot configuration

  1. Open Run command prompt (Press Windows key + R), type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit enter key to open disk management.

  1. Now, right click on the Windows system partition (in this case it is C:) and choose “Mark Partition as Active.

  1. Reboot your system to apply changes.

 

Trick 5: Increase shadowcopy storage area

  1. Run Command Prompt with admin privilege.
  2. Open Start Menu and right-click on the Command Prompt and select “Command Prompt (Admin).

vssadmin list shadowstorage

  1. In case you have small shadowcopy storage area then you should run the below-given commands in cmd:

vssadmin resize shadowstorage /For=C: /MaxSize=5%

  1. Restart to apply changes.

If the above-given command is unable to fix your issue then, run the following Command:

vssadmin delete shadows /all

  1. Restart your PC

 

Trick 6: Verify the System Log file to find the problem driver file

  1. Simply, navigate to C:/Windows/inf.
  2. Open the inf folder and find file “setupapi.dev” (generally, the file would be “setupapi.dev.log”). To open it, double-click on it. 
  3. Open find box, press Ctrl and F key. In the find box type “cannot find the file” in the search box and then search.
  4. After locating the missing file.
  5. Drop the file into Windows/inf.
  6. Again install the driver.

 

Conclusion

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[Fixed] How to Fix “The system cannot find the file specified” in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7?
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