Fix for Error_File_Not_Found in Windows

Quite frequently ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND related to a particular program appears on the screen results in the event of a program crash. Whenever the user opens a particular application or programs using Open File dialog, the error code occurs. There are multiple reasons like power failure, changes in Windows Registry, change in a folder name, etc. This error occurs in Windows 7 generally. The later versions of Windows also receive the error code on their system.

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There could be various reasons that are causing the error to appear continuously. But when you click Ok on the error dialog box, it also doesn’t make the error go away. This could be frustrating for Windows users when the error is appearing with an annoying notification tone. As mentioned above, there could be various problems with the error. But don’t worry as these errors can be tackled easily. All you have to do is follow the steps in order to troubleshoot the error.

Here is the fix for Error_File_Not_Found in Windows

Run System File Checker

A system file checker is an efficient way to use as a solution for any problem in Windows computer. It is an inbuilt facility that you can utilize anytime to check the system files. The system file checker scans the files and detects the damaged one. When it finally detects the damaged files, it ends up the program after repairing it.

  1. Open the Start
  2. Now, type cmd in the search box.
  3. Now, click cmd form the results.
  4. It will open Command Prompt.
  5. Now, type sfc/ scannow
  6. Press Enter.
  7. The program will begin scanning and in the end, repair the damaged files.
  8. When the program is done, restart your computer.

Clean temporary files and folder

It is possible that junk files are conflicting with programs. The conflicts between two different file can cause the error which could prevent the applications or programs from opening.

  1. Open Command Prompt in your Windows system.
  2. Now, type command and press Ctrl + shift
  3. Now, press Enter.
  4. The might prompt you to confirm. Click the Yes
  5. The type cleanmgr and hit Enter.
  6. Disk Cleanup Utility will appear on the screen.
  7. Check the options including Temporary files from the box and click Ok.

Updates Operating System

Installing the system software updates is an important task to keep the computer stable. More stable a computer is, the performance will be better and enhanced. In Windows, the error can prevent applications from opening. In that case, updating the Operating System would be beneficial as the updates will bring patches and fix damaged files or bring the missing files in the system.

  1. Open Settings of the computer, click to open Update & Security.
  2. Go to Windows Update service on the left side of the window.
  3. Click Check for updates
  4. Now, follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. Your system will download the updates.

Conduct a Full System Scan

Malware is also responsible for bringing the error since it also prevents particular files from opening. If you are facing the error and cannot open programs in your system, then download a trustworthy Antivirus. Install the antivirus on your computer and launch it. Generally, all protection software products are free on 30 days trial. In that case, you don’t need to pay for the antivirus. Almost every antivirus is easy to handle, you can simply select the full system scan. Full System Scan will take a longer time to complete the task. Once the scan is complete, the software will detect and eliminate the malware from the system.

No matter what type of error your Windows system is showing. There are various ways through which you can troubleshoot the error. Windows provides its own inbuilt tools that are capable of resolving the issue. You don’t need to download or refer any third party software toolkit to eliminate the error.

Harry Williams is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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