Fix System 53 error has occurred in a couple of easy steps

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System 53 error has occurred solutions

Accessing a physical resource on your network with your own software is no rocket science, yet you sometimes end up getting the System error 53 has occurred. The network path was not found message. This is a common native message of the Microsoft Windows operating system and the reasons behind it are well-known.

More precisely, they include connection issues, apps that are running in the background, or incorrect share commands. Knowing all these, in this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to apply in order to fix the system 53 error that’s bothering you.

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What can I do when getting System 53 error has occurred?

1. Run a Ping Test

run a Ping Test

  1. In Windows, hit Windows+R keyboard hotkey to open the Run window.
  2. Then, type cmd into the search box, and then hit Enter.
  3. You may now type the following command to ping the server/computer in question:
    ping (IP address of the server)

The Ping command comes as a handy tool that you can use to quickly test various points of your network, so don’t hesitate to apply the above steps when facing the system 53 error. The response usually shows the URL you’re pinging, the IP address associated with that URL, and the size of the packets being sent on the first line.

If the Ping command returns all packets, this means your network is set up correctly. However, if an issue occurs, the connection settings are incorrect. You further need to troubleshoot according to the results of the test. When the ping tool can’t get any response from whatever devices you’re pinging, it lets you know that as well.


Facing a Ping general failure error? Check out this guide to solve the issue quickly!


2. Stop apps from running in the background

stop apps from running in the background

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Hit Background apps next.
  4. Go to Choose which apps can run in the background and turn off individual apps that you’d like to restrict.
  5. If you want to disable all background applications at once, don’t hesitate to toggle the Let apps run in the background setting to Off.
  6. After restarting your computer, the background apps you disabled should no longer be running in the background.

There are indeed some types of apps that do need to be running in the background but keep in mind that these must-run apps are few.

Every running background app from your computer uses a portion of your system resources, so maybe it’s time to reconsider your choices and apply the above procedure. Note that desktop apps won’t appear in your Choose which apps can run in the background list.


3. Make sure you use the appropriate share command

Share Command

  1. Press the Windows + R keys together to open the Run dialogue box.
  2. You need to type cmd next and click OK to open Command Prompt.
  3. You may now type the following share command: net use F: servershare name.

There are also times when an incorrect share command leads to getting the System error 53 has occurred message. Double-check the correct method of sharing as described above.


Unfamiliar with Command Prompt? Read our guide and working in Command Prompt will be like a child’s play.

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4. Check if NetBIOS Protocol is Enabled

 NetBIOS Protocol

  1. Firstly, click Start.
  2. Follow this path Network > Network and Sharing Center > Manage Network Connections.
  3. You may now right-click on the Local Area Connection or connection you are using and select Properties.
  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  5. Then, click the Advanced button on the General tab.
  6. Go to the WINS tab next.
  7. While here, click the Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP button.
  8. Click OK.

While still encountering this issue is indeed unfortunate, you at least have one more potentially working solution to try. Selecting the option Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP has been repeatedly described as fixing the system error you’ve encountered, so it will hopefully do the trick for you as well.

Here you’ve found some of the instructions you need to follow to solve the System 53 error has occurred message. If you know any other working tips, don’t hesitate to share them with us via the comments area below.

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