How to fix “The system cannot find the file” error

When the system can’t find a specified file, when we try to copy the data stored on the hard drive, we often receive an error message. This can happen under certain circumstances. This happens when system files are damaged or missing, disk failures, certain specific software may be damaged or missing, wrong or wrong file information and many other files.

How to fix this error?

By using some methods, you can fix this error immediately. The following are some of the most common methods mentioned in Windows 10 computers.

Install Windows Update: Basically in older versions, you will see an error message that the system cannot find the specified file. Windows Update installation is the solution to such error message. The below steps will assist you in installing “pending Windows updates”:

  1. Press the “Windows key + I” on the keyboard.
  2. Then, go to the “Settings” page and click “Update and Security”.
  3. Click the “Check for Updates” button.

You will check for pending updates and install them on your computer.

Update the driver: You can also get error messages due to driver issues. It is essential to update the old version of the driver. For this purpose, you can reinstall the driver from the device manager itself. To update the drivers, you can also go for some third-party tools, because it is difficult to update them manually, so it is good. The snail kit can be used to update the driver.

  1. First of all, download Snail Suite and install it on your computer.
  2. After opening the software, you will see an interface.
  3. To make few settings, click the gear icon.
  4. Click the Scan button so that you can scan for outdated drivers. When you get a list of outdated drivers, select the driver you want to update and execute.


The snail kit can be used to update the driver in one click. Driver update tools include Driver easy, driver booster, etc.

Update the hard drive: While updating the hard drive, you can resolve the error that the system cannot find the specified file. Therefore, other disk-related errors can also be resolved. You can follow the steps below:

  1. Firstly, right-click on My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. Then, click Device Manager on the left panel.
  3. Expand the disk drive.
  4. Choose Update Drivers there.

Use Powershell: This can be used for fixing this error message. You can use the System File Checker to repair damaged Windows files.

  1. Firstly, open the search bar of Windows. 10. There, search for Powershell and click Run as administrator.
  2. When you get the Powershell window, enter the command SFC /scannow. Now, press Enter.
  3. The “System File Checker” utility will assist you in completing the scan. After that, you can restart the computer and fix the error.


Swasti Pujari
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