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Fix File Explorer Error “Windows cannot Find, Make Sure You Typed the Name Correctly”

Windows PCs have had this error “Windows cannot find, make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again” since the Windows Vista. The error can also occur on Windows 10. Recently, the error occurred when I was trying to open the Windows file explorer by pressing the Windows Key + E. It works all the time, except this time, it showed the error listed above.

The error only occurs when you try to open a file, for example, an executable (.exe) file in Windows. However, here it was occurring while trying to open the File Explorer using the Shortcut key.

If you look closely, then you can see that the error is occurring while the Windows is trying to run Explorer.exe file.

The same error also occurs if you try to open the File Explorer from the Run Dialogue box. Press Windows Key + R, type explorer, hit enter and you will see this error:

Windows cannot find, make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again

However, the error does not occur when you try to open the File Explorer by directly clicking the File Explorer icon on the taskbar or if you click This PC icon on the desktop.

If you check the Windows directory, the file “explorer.exe” is there working fine. However, the error occurs when you try to open the File Explorer other than using the File Explorer icon.

If you are facing similar kind of error, then here is a quick fix to solve this error in Windows PC.

Method 1: Restart Your PC

Now, this may not be a fix, but if you haven’t tried it, do it. Save any pending work, close the all the apps and restart your PC. Once it is up, try to open the File explorer using the run dialogue box. If it works, then you don’t need to do anything. Else, follow the steps given below.

Method 2: Open File Explorer to This PC

You can fix the error “Windows cannot find, make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again” by simply setting the “Open File Explorer to:” option to “This PC” in properties. Here is how to do it.

  • Open the File Explorer by clicking on File Explorer icon in the taskbar. Alternatively, double-click on This PC icon from the Desktop to open File Explorer.
  • In the File Explorer, click the View tab and then click on Options.
  • Select ” Change folder and search options” option.

  • In the General tab, you should look for “Open File explorer to:” option.
  • If it is set to “Quick Access“, click the drop-down button and select “This PC” option.

  • Click on “Apply” to save the changes.

Now try to open the File Explorer from the Run dialogue box pressing Windows Key + R, type explorer, hit enter and see if the error has gone away.

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