How to Fix System Cannot Find The File Specified Steps


Find out steps to fix system cannot find the file specified error in the knowledge article below. The error generally occurs due to system misconfiguration or software conflict.

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Error Name:


System Cannot Find The File Specified

Error Type:

Critical

Resolution Time:

~35 minutes

Data Loss:

Yes

Scope of Error:

Application Level

Software:

Microsoft office 2016, 2013, 365, 2010 and others

Developer:

Microsoft Corporation

Views Today:

1378

KB ID:


34717


Operating System Information:

system cannot find the file specified error messages can occur in any of the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

    Windows 10

    Windows 8

    Windows 7

    Windows Vista

    Windows XP

    Windows ME

    Windows 2000


Affected Products:

    Microsoft Office 2016

    Microsoft office 365

    Microsoft office 2013

    Microsoft office 2010

    Microsoft Office 2007

    And others..



Symptom of error:

    Error message pops up "system cannot find the file specified"

    System Performance becomes slow/sluggish.

    Programs hangs from time to time.


Cause of Error:

System Cannot Find The File Specified can be caused due to various factors, it is important to pin point the exact error for permanent resolution.


Disclaimer

The steps given below need to be followed under supervision of a Technical Expert. If you need any assistance while following the steps, you can contact our 24×7 Technical Support.

How to Fix System Cannot Find The File Specified Guide.

Step 1: Check System for Corruption:

Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, follow these steps:

1) Click the Start button.

2) In the "search" box at the bottom, type cmd

3) Look for Cmd.exe to appear at the top of the menu. Right-click on cmd.exe and choose Run As Administrator. You should now have an elevated command prompt.

4) In the elevated command prompt, type the following then press the Enter key: sfc /scannow

5) Allow the System File Checker to complete the scan of all Windows system files.

Step 2: Update to latest Windows KB

1) To check for Windows Updates (Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10):

2) Click the Start button.

3) Type "update" into the search box and hit ENTER.

4) The Windows Update dialog box will appear.

5) If updates are available, click the Install Updates button.

Step 3: Clean up Junk Files

1) Press Win + R

2) Type "Cleanmgr" and Press Enter.

3) Select the OS Drive and Press ok.

4) Click on Clean up System Files

In most cases system cannot find the file specified error should be resolved by now, if however the problem still persists please, get your system checked by an expert.


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