How to fix the ‘Windows cannot find’ error in Windows 10

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The “Windows cannot find ”” error is one that can occur under alternative circumstances. For some, the issue occurs when trying to open File Explorer with the Win + E hotkey or from the Win + X menu. For other users, the error message pops up when launching some Windows 10 apps. In both instances an error message states: “Windows cannot find”. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

If that error message only pops up when you try to open File Explorer, it’s not such a big deal. You can still open that file manager by pressing the taskbar’s File Explorer button or by clicking This PC on the desktop. However, Windows 10 apps returning that same error message don’t open. This is how you can fix the “Windows cannot find ”” error for both Explorer and apps.

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1. Select File Explorer’s This PC Option

Fixing the “Windows cannot find ”” error for File Explorer is more straightforward. Some Windows users have resolved the issue by adjusting the Open File Explorer setting to This PC. You can modify the Open File Explorer setting as follows.

  • Press the File Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  • Select the View tab in the snapshot directly below.

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  • Press the Options button, and select Change folder and search options from its menu.

Windows cannot find file, make sure you typed the name correctly

  • That option will open the window directly below. Select This PC from the Open File Explorer to drop-down menu.

  • Press the Apply and OK buttons on the Folder Options window.

2. Re-register Windows 10 Apps

If Windows 10 apps are showing the “Windows cannot find ”” error message, resetting the apps is one of the best resolutions. Re-registering an app is a little like reinstalling it as that deletes app data, but you don’t need to install it again. You can reset Windows 10 apps as follows.

  • Right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager.
  • Click File > Run new task to open the window directly below.

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  • Enter ‘Powershell’ in the Open text box, and select the Create this task with administrative privileges check box. Then click OK to open the window below.

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  • Input ‘Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}’ in Powershell, and press the Enter key.

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  • Thereafter, reboot the Windows 10 platform.

Re-registering Windows 10 apps with Powershell will reset all the default apps bundled with the platform. If you need to re-register new apps you’ve installed, you can do so via Settings. Each listed app has a Reset button that you can press to re-register it as outlined below.

  • Press the Start button, and then click the Settings icon.
  • Click Apps to open the app list in the snapshot directly below.

  • Select an app to reset.
  • Click Advanced options to open the app’s Reset option.

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  • Press the Reset button, and click Reset again, to re-register the selected app.

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3. Open the Windows Store App Troubleshooter

The Windows Store App troubleshooter might also help fix the “Windows cannot find ‘‘” error for apps. That’s a troubleshooter which repairs and provides resolutions for app issues. This is how you can utilize that troubleshooter.

  • Press the Win key + I keyboard shortcut to open Settings.
  • Click Update & Security > Troubleshoot to open a list of troubleshooters as shown below.

  • Select the Windows Store App troubleshooter, and press its Run the troubleshooter button.
  • Press the Next button to go through the troubleshooter’s resolutions.

4. Rename EXE Files

The “Windows cannot find” error can also occur for programs that aren’t Store apps. Then the error message will also include a path for the specific software you’re trying to open. Renaming EXE files is one resolution for “Windows cannot find” errors that include software paths.

  • Browse to the folder location of the program that’s showing the “Windows cannot find” error in File Explorer. If the software has a desktop shortcut, you can right-click that icon and select Open file location.

  • Select the program’s EXE in File Explorer, and press the F2 key.
  • Then enter another title for the file, and press the Return key.

Those are a few resolutions that can fix the “Windows cannot find ”” error for File Explorer, apps and other desktop software. Check out this post for further details on how you can fix Windows 10 apps that aren’t opening.

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