The System Cannot find the File Specified Error Fix

With loads of state-of-the-art features and regular updates to keep your computer secure and at its best performance, Windows 10 is the best Windows version till date. While there’s no doubt about it’s efficacy and popularity, the OS comes with its set of problems, like sluggish performance after some updates, crashes, and even errors. One such pesky error is “The System Cannot find the File Specified” error.

You usually come across this error while accessing certain files. It can be scary because no one in their wildest dreams can think of losing any important data. There can be may reasons why you would see this error, such as, if any device drivers are missing, if there are any invalid keys in the Registry, incorrect file resolution, missing or faulty system files, network issues, disk errors on source volume, etc.

However, the good news is, this error can be fixed. Let’s see how.


Method 1: By Running Windows Update


Step 1: Press the Win + X keys together on your keyboard and select Settings from the menu.


Win + X Settings


Step 2: In the Settings window, go to Update & Security.


Settings Update & Security


Step 3: It takes you directly to the Windows Update page in Settings. Go to the right side and click on Check for updates.

If there are any updates available, it will download and install them automatically.


Update & Security Windows Update Check For Updates


Restart your PC to apply the updates and try opening a file. You should not see the error anymore.

But, if the problem persists, try the next method.


Method 2: Using the Windows Troubleshooter


Step 1: Press the Win + X keys together on your keyboard and select Settings from the menu.


Win + X Settings


Step 2: In the Settings window, go to Update & Security.


Settings Update & Security


Step 3: Next, on the left side of the pane look for Troubleshoot and click on that.


Update & Security Left Side Troubleshoot


Step 4: Now, go to the right side of the pane, scroll down and click on Additional troubleshooters.


Update & Security Right Side Troubleshoot Additional Troubleshooters


Step 5: Next, under the Get up and running section, select Windows Update and click on the Run the troubleshooter button.


Get Up And Running Windows Update Run The Troubleshooter


Now, let the troubleshooter detect the problems. If any problems found, it will fix the issue automatically.

However, if you are still seeing the error while trying to open files, you may follow the next method.


Method 3: By Running the System File Checker Scan


Step 1: Go to Start and in the Windows search bar, write Command Prompt.


Desktop Start Search Command Prompt


Step 2: Now, right-click on the result and select Run as administrator to open the Command Prompt in elevated mode.


Start Search Command Prompt Right Click Run As Administrator


Step 3: In the Command Prompt window, run the below command and hit Enter:


sfc /scannow


Command Prompt Run Sfc Scannow Command Enter


Now, let the process complete as it takes a while to scan any corrupt files. If it finds any corrupt files, it repairs them automatically.

Once finished, exit Command Prompt and restart your computer,  Now, check if you can access the files. But, if the error still comes up, you can try the below method.


Method 4: By Deleting All Files Under SoftwareDistribution


SoftwareDistribution is a folder inside the C drive and you have to delete the folders inside it. Let’s see how


Step 1: Right-click on Start and select File Explorer from the menu.


Start Right Click File Explorer


Step 2: In the File Explorer, navigate to the left side of the window and click on the This PC shortcut.

Then, go to the right side of the pane and select to open the C drive.


File Explorer This Pc C Drive


Step 3: Now, follow the below path to reach inside the SoftwareDistribution folder:




Now, press Ctrl + A hotkey on your keyboard to select all the contents inside this folder and hit Delete.


C Drive Navigate To Softwaredistribution Ctrl+a Delete


Once completed, make sure to reboot your computer and then try to open the files that were showing the error. The error should be gone and you should be able to open the file now.