How to Fix the Problem of "The System Cannot find the File Specified"

Jun. 24, 2022 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows Driver Solutions

Receive the error message "The system cannot find the file specified" on your Windows 10 computer? Here is the all-round information about it, including top 4 solutions to solve it.

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Why Do You Get the Error "The System Cannot Find the File Specified"

Common reasons of this error are listed in the below:

  • System files permission was tampered when optimizing software, which resulted in the abnormal registry key

  • Simplified system lacks files in itself

  • Missing files in drivers

  • Specified file name was tampered

  • And so on…

When Might You Get the Error "The System Cannot Find the Files Specified"

In which cases would you or might you get this error?

  • Accidental computer restart, power failure, hard disk broken while installing drivers or updating games online

  • The folder name of software install directory was changed by mistake

  • Registry key tampered mistakenly

  • Improper uninstall. Some users used to uninstall by deleting the installing files from the software install directory, which will lead to uninstall error. The right way to uninstall software is to uninstall via the uninstall.exe built in the program, or go to Control Panel >Uninstall a program).

  • And so on…

How to Solve the Problem of "The System Cannot Find the File Specified"

There is no uniform way to solve this problem. Check the System Log File which is located at C:\Windows\Inf\ and find the report errors of specified files and directories. Besides, several common fixes are demonstrated in the below.

Solution 1. Look for Files via Regedit

Start > Run > Input "regedit" > Press Enter, then you can find the registry key.

1.Check if there is "RunOnce" in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.

If not, add it manually in.

2.Check if there is "RunOnce" in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\.

If not, add it manually in.

3.Exit the regedit, restart computer and install drivers again.

Solution 2. Check for RTHDCPL in Registry Key

Open regedit: Start > Run > Input "regedit", then you can find the registry key.

Check if there is RTHDCPL in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\

If not, check for Run property and set the Admin-user permission as "Completely control", press "OK" to continue.

Solution 3. Download Specified Files from the Internet

You can search the specified file name on google and search for it. Download it and put it into corresponding folder.

Solution 4. Download and Install New Driver

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