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Windows cannot find a file error message.

  1. #1


    Dj Rawlings Guest

    Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other document
    windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the error
    window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make sure you
    typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the file,
    but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can be
    opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open alright.

    Dj Rawlings

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  2. #2


    Jabez Gan [MVP] Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
    instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...

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    Jabez Gan
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
    "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx

    > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
    > document
    > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the error
    > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make sure
    > you
    > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
    > file,
    > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can be
    > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
    > alright.
    >
    > Dj Rawlings

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  3. #3


    Dj Rawlings Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Thanks for responding Jabez.
    The locations where I am having trouble are the Documents window and the
    Recent Items window in the Start menu. I assume that the files shown in
    those windows might be shortcuts. I use those windows to navigate to the
    various files and folders that I would desire. I have no problem with other
    file types just the excel files. If the shortcuts are outdated, how would
    you updated all of the files. I have alot of excel files in a lot of
    different file folders.
    Dj Rawlings

    "Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:

    > Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
    > instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...
    >
    > --
    > Jabez Gan
    > Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
    > "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx

    > > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
    > > document
    > > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the error
    > > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make sure
    > > you
    > > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
    > > file,
    > > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can be
    > > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
    > > alright.
    > >
    > > Dj Rawlings
    >

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  4. #4


    Jabez Gan [MVP] Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Hi Dj Rawlings,

    Right click Recent Items and select "Clear Recent Item List".

    Now, go to the folder which stores your files and open them.

    Now, go back to Recent Items and you'll see those shortcuts. Click on those
    shortcuts and see if it will open the actual files.



    --
    Jabez Gan
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
    "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news57E1443-90A9-4C40-9B04-F8A5F0BDBD77@xxxxxx

    > Thanks for responding Jabez.
    > The locations where I am having trouble are the Documents window and the
    > Recent Items window in the Start menu. I assume that the files shown in
    > those windows might be shortcuts. I use those windows to navigate to the
    > various files and folders that I would desire. I have no problem with
    > other
    > file types just the excel files. If the shortcuts are outdated, how would
    > you updated all of the files. I have alot of excel files in a lot of
    > different file folders.
    > Dj Rawlings
    >
    > "Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:
    >

    >> Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
    >> instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...
    >>
    >> --
    >> Jabez Gan
    >> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
    >> "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx

    >> > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
    >> > document
    >> > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the
    >> > error
    >> > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make
    >> > sure
    >> > you
    >> > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
    >> > file,
    >> > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can
    >> > be
    >> > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
    >> > alright.
    >> >
    >> > Dj Rawlings
    >>

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  5. #5


    Dj Rawlings Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
    created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
    Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
    with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear. I
    want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
    window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
    application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
    Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
    shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this thing.
    Do you have any other ideals that I can try?

    I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work either.

    Dj Rawlings



    "Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:

    > Hi Dj Rawlings,
    >
    > Right click Recent Items and select "Clear Recent Item List".
    >
    > Now, go to the folder which stores your files and open them.
    >
    > Now, go back to Recent Items and you'll see those shortcuts. Click on those
    > shortcuts and see if it will open the actual files.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > Jabez Gan
    > Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
    > "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news57E1443-90A9-4C40-9B04-F8A5F0BDBD77@xxxxxx

    > > Thanks for responding Jabez.
    > > The locations where I am having trouble are the Documents window and the
    > > Recent Items window in the Start menu. I assume that the files shown in
    > > those windows might be shortcuts. I use those windows to navigate to the
    > > various files and folders that I would desire. I have no problem with
    > > other
    > > file types just the excel files. If the shortcuts are outdated, how would
    > > you updated all of the files. I have alot of excel files in a lot of
    > > different file folders.
    > > Dj Rawlings
    > >
    > > "Jabez Gan [MVP]" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Not sure but, are you sure that you are actually opening the actual file
    > >> instead of the shortcut to the file? The shortcut might be outdated...
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >> Jabez Gan
    > >> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - File Storage
    > >> "Dj Rawlings" <Dj Rawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:2F9A19E2-291A-438A-A240-2ED9AD9864E9@xxxxxx
    > >> > Vista windows will not open an excel file from recent items or other
    > >> > document
    > >> > windows. It does open the application itself and then displays the
    > >> > error
    > >> > window "Windows cannot find 'C\( path to the file)\_____.xls. Make
    > >> > sure
    > >> > you
    > >> > typed the name correctly and try again." Windows search will show the
    > >> > file,
    > >> > but it goes through the same thing when it is clicked. The files can
    > >> > be
    > >> > opened within excel application itself. All other files seem to open
    > >> > alright.
    > >> >
    > >> > Dj Rawlings
    > >>
    >

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  6. #6


    Jane C Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Hi,

    Does this shed any light on the issue?

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494

    --
    Jane, not plain 64 bit enabled :-)
    Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    MVP Windows Shell/User

    "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

    >I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
    > created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
    > Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
    > with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear.
    > I
    > want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
    > window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
    > application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
    > Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
    > shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
    > thing.
    > Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
    >
    > I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
    > either.
    >
    > Dj Rawlings
    >
    >
    >

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  7. #7


    Dj Rawlings Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Jane C
    Here is a toast to you! It is working perfectly.

    Thank you much,
    DJ Rawlings

    "Jane C" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > Does this shed any light on the issue?
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
    >
    > --
    > Jane, not plain 64 bit enabled :-)
    > Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    > MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

    > >I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
    > > created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the Recent
    > > Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would open
    > > with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would appear.
    > > I
    > > want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
    > > window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
    > > application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and excel.
    > > Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
    > > shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
    > > thing.
    > > Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
    > >
    > > I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
    > > either.
    > >
    > > Dj Rawlings
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >

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  8. #8


    Jane C Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    You're welcome

    --
    Jane, not plain 64 bit enabled :-)
    Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    MVP Windows Shell/User

    "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:0F6AA6B5-552F-4A5B-9D9E-8CC0E4AAB817@xxxxxx

    > Jane C
    > Here is a toast to you! It is working perfectly.
    >
    > Thank you much,
    > DJ Rawlings
    >

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  9. #9


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    Hi, Jane.

    Thanks for that! Another poster is having a similar problem. I'll see if
    this will help him, too. ;<)

    RC
    --
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    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "Jane C" <janecolman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C55A0F15-8B62-4849-8277-6120113EC84D@xxxxxx

    > Hi,
    >
    > Does this shed any light on the issue?
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
    >
    > --
    > Jane, not plain 64 bit enabled :-)
    > Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    > MVP Windows Shell/User
    >
    > "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

    >>I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
    >> created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the
    >> Recent
    >> Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would
    >> open
    >> with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would
    >> appear. I
    >> want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
    >> window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
    >> application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and
    >> excel.
    >> Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
    >> shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
    >> thing.
    >> Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
    >>
    >> I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
    >> either.
    >>
    >> Dj Rawlings

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  10. #10


    capgar Guest

    Re: Windows cannot find a file error message.

    This solution may work for Excel but it does not work for Word. The first
    time I click on the file name in my documents folder, I get the error message
    (this also occurs in e-mail). The second time I click on the file it
    actually opens. I haven't seen a solution out there yet. Does anyone know
    of one for Word?

    Thanks...Chris

    "R. C. White" wrote:

    > Hi, Jane.
    >
    > Thanks for that! Another poster is having a similar problem. I'll see if
    > this will help him, too. ;<)
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@xxxxxx
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > (Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64)
    >
    > "Jane C" <janecolman@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:C55A0F15-8B62-4849-8277-6120113EC84D@xxxxxx

    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > Does this shed any light on the issue?
    > >
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211494
    > >
    > > --
    > > Jane, not plain 64 bit enabled :-)
    > > Batteries not included. Braincell on vacation ;-)
    > > MVP Windows Shell/User
    > >
    > > "Dj Rawlings" <DjRawlings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > > news:C0241029-EA92-47D4-83C6-4A4BC215D60A@xxxxxx

    > >>I cleared the recent items window and used some of the excel files, I even
    > >> created and saved some new files. Then tried opening them from the
    > >> Recent
    > >> Items window, the same thing would occur--the excel application would
    > >> open
    > >> with out a spread sheet and the file cannot be found message would
    > >> appear. I
    > >> want to mentioned that the same problem occurs with the main documents
    > >> window. The only way the excel file can be opened is through the excel
    > >> application itself. There seems to be an issue between windows and
    > >> excel.
    > >> Maybe when the shortcuts are created or something is blocking excels
    > >> shortcuts. I am not really knowledgeable to know how to resolve this
    > >> thing.
    > >> Do you have any other ideals that I can try?
    > >>
    > >> I have also restored my computer to an earlier date. That didn't work
    > >> either.
    > >>
    > >> Dj Rawlings
    >

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