The System Cannot Find the File Specified

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Can you, please, tell me how to get rid of the following Error Message ? I was not even LOOKING for any file !!

The message comes up every time I turn on my computer. (using XP, 32 bit, plenty of disk space..)

The System Cannot Find The File Specified

I googled the problem, and there are only a million of other folks who have this identical problem but, as usual, no solution was given……

Thanks very much for any help !


Dear Madison,

It is not that you are looking for a file, but some program that is starting when Windows starts is looking for a file that cannot be found.

The only way to get rid of the message is to figure out what program is looking for a file, and stop that program from trying to load when Windows starts.

To see everything that is starting up when Windows starts, follow these directions (Windows XP)

Click on “Start”, then “Run” and type, “msconfig” in the, “Run” dialog box. Press “Enter” on your keyboard.

In the, “System Configuration Utility” window that opens, click on the tab that says, “Startup”

In the, Startup page, look through the list and see if anything looks like it might be giving you the error message.

If there is nothing obvious, just turn off one entry at a time and restart the computer to see if the message comes back. It might take a little bit of time, but you should find your problem.



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