11 ways to fix “the system cannot find the file specified” error on Windows 11/10

By | April 17, 2022

If you are getting “The system cannot find the file specified issue”, then don’t worry because We are going to troubleshoot this issue in 11 ways.

The system cannot find the file specified

If you are encountering or getting the issue when such as transferring the files to another drive, Installing Software, Creating Backup, Opening and Accessing Files and Folder then don’t worry my friends, because This article fully discussion and troubleshoot the system cannot find the file specified issue. We will request you that read this blog and follow all the steps that can be resolved your issue.

What is the root cause of the system cannot find the file specified error?

The main root cause may be an issue “the system cannot find the file specified’ issue are followings-

  • The problem in Registry Files.
  • Drivers Issue.
  • Old Image File Issue.
  • Bad Sector in Drive.
  • Windows Update Issue.
  • Backup Services can be stopped.
  • System File missing or corrupted.

Now we are going to solve the issue “the system cannot find the file specified” on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

How to Fix “the system cannot find the file specified” on Windows 11?

If you are getting this error “the system cannot find the file specified” on Windows 10. Windows 8, Windows 7, then you should follow the following steps-

1. Check BAD Sector of HDD using CHKDSK Command

The system cannot find the file specified issue may be the reason for Bad Sector in the drive so first verify your Hard Drive Bad Sector using CHKDSK command.

How to Run CHKDSK?

For running CHKDSK follwo follwing steps-

  1. Navigate to Start Menu and Search CMD.
  2. Right-Click on CMD, and Run As Administrator.
CMD run as administrator

3. Type CHKDSK and Hit Enter.

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4. Now you can check your Bad sector Of the Hard Drive. If found any BAD sector in Hard drive repair. if not any Bad sector then follows another step.

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

2. Run SFC utility for Repair Corrupted Files

SFC Scan file Checker) the utility is one of the best utility for repaired Corrupted file and Windows Missing file such as .DLL missing file. SFC file checker was first introduced on Windows 98 Operating System for prevented malicious attack, Corruptions, or repaired the such as .DLL missing file.

We use the SFC file for prevented from external attach, System File Repaired, and file corrupted.

How to Run SFC Command?

To run the SFC command follow the following steps-

  1. Navigate to Start Menu, and type CMD.
  2. Right, Click on CMD, and Run As Administrator.
  3. Type sfc /scannow (For repair Windows File, Corrected File).
  4. if you want to only View then type – sfc /verifyonly for no repair.
sfc command

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

3. Verify Your Disk Partition should be Active

If you are transferring some files from the inActive partition of the Hard Drive that can also create the issue “the system cannot find the file specified”. Your computer Disk Partition should be Active State.

How to set Partition to Active?

To Set partition is to Active follow these easy steps-

  1. Press (Windows+R) run and type diskmgmt.msc.
  2. Right Click on Partition, and select Mark Partition as Active.
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3. You should Read Cautions. if you want then after clicking on Yes.

Note:- Only mark a partition as active if it contains a functioning operating system. If the partition lacks an operating system making it active may cause your computer to stop working. Do you want to continue?

Only-mark-a-Partition-active-notification

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

4. Format External Drive or USB drive

Sometimes it happens that you are able to transfer the files to an Internal hard Drive but whenever try to transfer the file on an External Drive or USB getting an error such as “the system cannot find the file specified”.

How to Format Pen Drive using Command Prompt?

To format Pen drive using Command Prompt, you need to follow the following steps-

  1. Navigate to Start Menu and Search CMD.
  2. Right, Click on CMD and select Run as Administrator.

3. Type diskpart, and press enter.

4. type listvolume, and press enter.

5. Now you select the external Disk Using selectvolume  press Enter.

6. Now type format fs=ntfs or fat32 quick

Format pen Drive Using CMD

If you want to Format this Drive on the NTFS partition then type NTFS. If you want to format Fat32 then used the fat32 command and Exit.

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

5. Restart Windows Backup Services

Windows backup services provide Windows Backup and restore capability. Sometimes backup services also can create the problem of the system cannot find the file specified issue. So you should always backup services on Restart Status.

How to Restart Windows Backup Services?

To restart or start backup services follow these easy steps-

  1. Navigate to Run by using (Windows+ R).
  2. type services.msc and press Enter.
  3. Scroll Down and Right Click on Windows Backup Services and click on Start.
Start-Backup-services

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

6. Open Libraries Folder

If your library’s folder is on the hidden status that can also create the issue of “the system cannot find the file specified” issue. You should always put your libraries folder on “Show Libraries Status“.

How to show the Hidden libraries Folder on Windows 10?

For Show Hidden Library Folder on Windows 10 follow these easy steps-

  1. Open This PC.
  2. Right -Click on Computer Icon and select Show Libraries.

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

7. Check For Windows Latest Update

Windows Update provides the package of security and bug-related update both hardware and software. Windows Update can be useful for the fixed system that cannot find the file specified.

For Windows Update follow the following steps-

  1. Click on the Start button and select Settings.
  2. 2. Click on Update and Security (Windows Settings)
  3. Click on Check for Updates(Windows Update).
  4. If any updates then Install Updates between updates It will restart your computer.
Windows Update check

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

8. Scan from Antivirus Software

If in your computer have installed updated Antivirus then scan the Files or folder from Antivirus if you are using Windows 10 then Scan the File using Microsoft Windows Defender.

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

9. Delete Old Windows Files

If In computer has available old Windows Files. You should remove the Windows Old File because Some times created the problem of “system cannot find the file specified” issue.

10. Delete Profileimagepath Key

If you are transferring image file and you are getting this error such as then you should delete profile list image path key.

How to Delete Profileimagepath Key?

To delete Profileimagepath you should follow these easy steps-

  1. Navigate to Run, type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Once Registry Editor opens, then navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList 
  3. If a certain subkey doesn’t have ProfileImagePath value available or if its Data is empty, you need to delete that subkey. To do that, right-click and select  Delete.
Delete-Profile-list

If the issue persists, continue to the Next Step-

11. Check Permission Of Files and Folder

If you are getting “the system cannot find the file specified” may be the reason for Permission of Folder or access of Devices. You should discuss your System Administrator because in some cases Antivirus and Domain have also a policy that you can not transfer any files.

So, This is all about the “the system cannot find the file specified” on Windows Computer.

The Fixes mentioned in this article will help you to solve the issue. All you need to do is follow these solutions one by one until the issue resolved.

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