Windows cannot find path – An ill sign of a severe security threat!

August 25th, 2008 by Alexey Abalmasov Leave a reply »

Sometimes when you try to open Word or Excel file or some programs and also just booting your computer into Normal Mode you can get the following error message:

“Windows cannot find… Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.”

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There are several reasons of such a strange behavior of your computer. For example it can be a virus that removed or substituted any system file or a registry key. You antivirus can delete a file or a registry key, if it will treat it as a virus. The corruption of Windows OS or System Registry is the most common reasons, but sometimes an inexperienced user because of his carelessness can delete a file or a key by himself. That’s why we warn you; don’t look into your System files or Registry Editor if you don’t understand anything there.

In order to eliminate this error you can try the following instructions:

1. Open Regedit (Press Win+R, then type regedit and hit enter).
2. Find the following Registry Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VisualStudio.cpp.9.0\shell\Open\Command
You should see there the following value: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe\” /dde
3. Change this value to:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe\” %1

Windows cannot find file path error is the evidence of absence of some necessary for Windows System files. That’s why in order to get rid of this error message you can scan all the system files and replace the corrupted ones:

1. Open Command Prompt. (Click Start, then All programs, Accessories, then you should right-click Command Prompt and Run as administrator. If you have a password, then type it and hit Allow/Continue.)
2. Type sfc/scannow and press enter.

In the case of Microsoft Office file error this will not useful for you. The infection can also corrupt your Microsoft Windows files. Then to get rid of this Windows cannot find file path error you can reinstall your Office. If for some reason you are not able to remove Microsoft office, then the virus can block some very important System processes, and then you can use Windows Installer Clean Up Utility. This Utility was created by Microsoft Corporation to solve the problem of uninstallation of programs that work on Windows Installer Technology.

The Utility can scan all the Registry Keys and Files that are associated with Windows Installer and that were created by different programs. And if it will find a corruptive entry, then the Utility removes it. Windows Installer Clean Up Utility doesn’t remove some superfluous files. And also it can be run by the system administrator only.

Sometimes this error message can appear when you try to upgrade you Windows version from Vista to Windows 7. Your computer can show you Windows cannot find file path error message and you will stay with your Vista on your PC. But don’t give it up, you can run Upgrade Advisor. Download this program, boot your computer into Clean Boot and repeat the installation.

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If the Windows cannot find file path error appears on the computer startup, then the reason is again the virus, but in that case the error message can be just a fake. Your System works fine, just some malicious entries in the System Registry can be responsible for this error message. You should scan your computer for viruses and just in case do the restoration of the system, using Microsoft Windows Setup disk. Just remember if you see this error message and no other sign of disorder on your computer, then solve this problem as soon as possible, otherwise you will see some other troubles of your PC, just prevent yourself from it.

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