Top 11 Solutions – The System Cannot Find the File Specified


Got the system cannot find the file specified error in Windows 10?
Solution 1. Run Antivirus Software to Scan Your Computer
The virus, cyber threats, and malicious attack are the common causes. It is recommended to run antivirus software to scan your system comprehensively to clean the malicious content and other junk files.

Solution 2. Open the Libraries Folder
According to users, you might be able to fix the system cannot find the file specified error simply by navigating to the Libraries folder which is hidden by default in Windows 10. Do the following to access it:

Open This PC.
Right-click the empty space in the left pane and choose Show libraries.
Now, you will find the Libraries folder in the left pane.

Solution 3. Install Windows Updates
If you haven't updated Windows for a long time, the system cannot find the file specified error is a sign that you need to install all pending updates. Windows updates often fix both hardware and software errors, therefore we strongly suggest that you install the latest updates by following these steps:

Press Windows key + I.
Select Update & Security > Windows Update.
Click on the Check for Updates button and wait.
Install all the updates.
Restart the system to finish the installation of updates.

Solution 4. Check the System Log Files
Another effective approach to fix the system cannot find the file specified error is to check the system log files.

The steps are:

Navigate to C:/Windows/inf directory.
Open inf folder.
Find file setupapi.dev, and then double-click on it to open the file. (In some cases, the file would be setupapi.dev.log.)
Press Ctrl as well as F at the same time to open Find box.
Type cannot find the file in the search box then start the search to locate the missing file.
Copy and paste it into the Windows/inf folder.
Reinstall the driver.
Solution 5. Change Your Registry
According to users, you can fix this error simply by modifying several registry keys. To modify the registry, do the following:

Press Windows key + R.
Type regedit, and press Enter.
Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.
Expand the key and look for RunOnce key. You can create it if this key doesn't exist. You just need to click the CurrentVersion key and choose New > Key from the menu.
Type RunOnce as the name of the new key.
Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ key in the left pane.
Expand it and check if the RunOnce key has successfully been created. If not, repeat the above steps to recreate it.
Close Registry Editor and restart Windows.
If you still receive the system cannot find the file specified error after restarting PC, you should keep reading to find other solutions.

Solution 6. Install the Driver Using .inf File
If you encounter this error after downloading the driver from manufacturer's website, try the following steps:

Find the downloaded driver file.
In the extracted folder, find the .inf file. You can choose the one bearing proper description, such as "Setup Information" when there is more than one .inf file.
Right-click on the file and select Install.
Solution 7. Uninstall and Reinstall the Drivers
If you download the driver from manufacturer's website and meet this problem, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers to fix the error.

Go to Control Panel and select Device Manager.
Expand the category and locate the device you wish to uninstall.
Right-click on the device name and choose the Uninstall option from the context menu.

Solution 8. Format Your USB Flash Drive
According to users, you might be able to receive the system cannot find the file specified error while inserting your USB flash drive or other removable hard drives. Now, to fix this issue, you can try formatting your hard drive.

Note: Formatting will delete all data on your drive. It is recommended to recover lost data from your drive before formatting.

Solution 9. Restore or Repair the Missing Files
As we know, most people encounter the system cannot find the file specified error when trying to access or backup some files stored on the system. This is because that the file is damaged or corrupted. To fix this problem, you need to run chkdsk command to restore or repair the missing files.

The steps are:

Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Type "sfc /scannow" into the Command Prompt window and press Enter button. Wait while chkdsk tries to repair your files.

Solution 10. Use WinRAR
According to report, some users received this error while deleting a specific file or folder. In this case, you might be able to fix the system cannot find the file specified error by using WinRAR.

Right-click the problematic file, and choose the Add to archive option from the menu.
Check Delete files after archiving and then click the OK button.

Solution 11. Delete ProfileImagePath Key
While using Windows Backup to create your backup files, you can delete certain values from your registry to fix the system cannot find the file specified error.

Open Registry Editor.
Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.
Expand the ProfileList key.
Navigate through each subkey, and check whether it has ProfileImagePath value available on the right pane.

If certain subkey doesn't have ProfileImagePath value available or if its Data is empty, you need to click it and then choose Delete button to delete it from the menu.

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