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Fixed: Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Error “We Can’t Find a USB Flash Drive”

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Microsoft provided Windows 10 Media Creation tool for burning Windows 10 onto your USB/DVD drive, this makes Windows 10 upgrading process even easier. But, for some users “we can’t find a USB flash drive” error message pop up when they try to select the USB device to create a Windows 10 ISO USB or while choosing the USB for Windows 10 installation.

Causes:

Generally, this Windows 10 Media Creation tool error “we can’t find a USB flash drive” appears if there is something wrong with your USB drive/driver.

How to Fix Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Error “We Can’t Find a USB Flash Drive”?

Solution 1: Use Another USB Drive

You can solve the error “we can’t find a USB flash drive” simply by using a different USB drive. If you have a spare USB flash drive, plug it instead of the one which gave an error. Also, try another USB port of the computer to connect the flash drive.

For most of the users, swapping the USB drive actually helped in fixing the error Windows 10 Media Creation tool error “we can’t find a USB flash drive”; along with making the erroneous drive recognized by the computer.

Solution 2: Use DISKPART Tool

Note: Make sure you have a proper backup of the USB flash drive files before you start with the below-troubleshooting procedure since it erases entire data from your USB drive. In case, your USB drive is showing no data because it is corrupted, then make use of a good USB data recovery program that can recover files from RAW flash drive, virus infected USB, the flash drive having bad sectors/damaged file system, etc. and then proceed with the below resolution:

  1. Open elevated Command Prompt. Type cmd at the Start menu, right-click on the Command Prompt (form the result) and select Run as administrator.
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Open Command prompt

  1. Next, type diskpart in the Command Prompt editor window and click the Enter button. This launches the DISKPART tool.
  2. Now, type in below DISKPART commands one at a time in the Command Prompt window and click Enter button after each.

list volume -> to show all volumes

You will see a list of all volumes present on your system. Note the drive letter of your USB flash drive (based on its size) and type next command. Replace g with your USB flash drive letter.

  1. select volume g -> to select the USB drive
  2. You will see a confirmation message “Volume *Disk number* is the selected volume”.
  3. clean -> to clean USB device volume
  4. create partition primary -> to create the new partition on the USB drive
  5. exit -> to close the Command Prompt

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Now format your USB flash drive by:

  • Clicking This PC or My Computer from the Desktop
  • Right-click on your removable USB drive and select Format

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  • In the Format window, select FAT32 under File system and click the Start button

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Wait for the formatting process to get complete and run the Windows ISO setup again.

Solution 3: Update USB Driver

Outdated driver software may sometime cause various error codes while using the USB flash drive especially, on newer versions of Windows operating system like Windows 10. Hence, updating the USB driver software might solve the error “we can’t find a USB flash drive”.

  • Open Device Manager from the Start menu (press Windows and X keys together).

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  • Expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers, right-click on your USB device, and choose Update driver option.

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  • Go for the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option and wait for Windows to search and install the latest driver software.

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If Windows doesn’t find the latest driver, you can download it from the manufacturer’s website and install it manually using the “Browse my computer for driver software” option.

If you are running Windows 10 on your system, latest driver software for inbuilt devices are regularly installed along with Windows updates.

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How Does Formatting Your OS Partition Affect the Bit Locker Encrypted Partition?

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About BitLocker encryption

Bit Locker is a way of protecting your hard drive by means of full disk encryption. It protects your hard drive from offline attack, meaning your data will be protected when a malicious user gets access to your hard drive physically. BitLocker makes the drive unreadable, so the data on it cannot be accessed.

BitLocker is designed in such a way that your hard drive data does not go into wrong hands, but at the same time, it makes it easy for PC owners (or the admin) to access the drive in the event of a failure. Also, another advantage of using BitLocker is that you can encrypt only select partitions on the hard drive.

What happens to the BitLocker partition when you format the primary partition that houses the OS?

Say for instance you have a BitLocker encrypted partition on your hard drive and you format the primary partition that contains the OS. What happens in these situations?

It is always recommended that you decrypt the Bit Locked partitions and then format the OS containing partition. But in the event that you have formatted the OS partition without decrypting Bit Locked partitions, you will find that the Bit Locked partitions will be locked.

To unlock these encrypted partitions, you will need the recovery key. This is the key you are asked to create during the initial set up the BitLocker encryption. This key is required if you are locked out of your hard drive or if the hard drive isn’t unlocking normally. You can have the key printed, written down, saved in a file or on an external drive or saved online in a Microsoft account.

If you enter the recovery key, you will be allowed to access the drive and its contents. You can follow the steps below to unlock the BitLocker encrypted partition on your hard drive using the recovery key:

  1. Boot into your system and type ‘Control Panel’ in the taskbar search
  2. Open Control Panel > System & Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption

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  1. Locate the drive you wish to unlock and click Unlock drive

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  1. Enter the password and then select More Options > Enter Recovery key

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After you’ve entered the recovery key, the drive will be unlocked and you can access all the files on it. However, if you don’t have the recovery key and you wish to access files on the Bit Locker encrypted partition, make use of data recovery tools like Remo Recover to recover data from BitLocker partitions. It has the ability to recover data from encrypted as well as password protected partitions. This tool is also capable of recovering data from formatted Bit Locker partitions.

If you don’t have any important data on the drive, you can choose the ‘Reset This PC’ option. This will wipe all data on the drive, but reset your PC giving you the option to use the drive again.

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How to Read a Mac Drive (HFS+ and APFS) from Windows Systems?

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Windows systems, by default, cannot read from Mac formatted drives. So when you connect a Mac formatted (as in HFS+ or APFS) drive to Windows system, it will offer to erase it and format it in order to make it compatible.

However, if you’ve foreseen that you are going to use a particular device on both Windows and Mac, then it will usually be formatted with exFAT, which is compatible with both these systems. If that’s not the case, your drive will be formatted with HFS+ or APFS file systems in most cases.

A background on HFS+ and APFS file systems

HFS+ was introduced in 1998 as a successor of Mac’s first file system, HFS. It was designed to support much larger files compared to HFS and also allowed for better space utilization.

But with the release of the new OS High Sierra, Mac introduced a new file system called APFS. APFS is aimed to fix some core issues of HFS+ such as concurrent file system access and sparse file support.

When you connect a Mac drive (HFS+ or APFS) to Windows…

When you connect a Mac drive (formatted using HFS+ or APFS) to a Windows system, it will immediately ask you to format the drive with a message as follows:

‘You need to format the drive in drive before you can use it’.

But warning! If you proceed with formatting, all the contents of the drive will be erased. Of course, if you don’t have any important files, you can go ahead and format. But if that’s not the case, click ‘Cancel’ and use other third-party tools that allow you to access Mac formatted drives from Windows PC’s.

Since these third-party tools are specially designed to read data from Mac formatted drives through Windows, so you should be able to read files without any difficulty.

Option 1: Use HFS Explorer (HFS+ only)

This is a basic tool if all you need is to read some files from an HFS+ formatted drive from your Windows PC’s. It doesn’t allow you to write to these Mac drives, but it can be used to read from HFS, HFS+ and HFSX drives.

The advantage of this tool is that it is completely free to use allowing you to read and copy files from the Mac drives.

Note: If you encounter a situation where partitions are lost or corrupt due to using disk management tools, due to bad sectors or due to other reasons, use Remo Recover to recover lost partitions on Mac. This tool can also be used to recover HFS partitions, HFS+ partitions and supports all Mac OS versions.

Option 2: APFS for Windows by Paragon

If you want to read and write files to APFS formatted drives, then this tool is a good choice. It supports APFS formatted SSD’s, HDD’s and flash drives.

Although this is not a free tool, you can invest in it if you regularly read and write from APFS formatted drives through Windows. Once you download the software, just connect your APFS drive and it will show up in Explorer. Just click on the drive and access it like you would any other drive.

Option 3: MacDrive (Supports both HFS+ and APFS)

MacDrive is a tool that allows you to read from both HFS+ and APFS drives. In addition to reading files, it also supports writing into these drives.

Again, although this is a paid tool, it can be useful if you use APFS or HFS+ formatted drives from Windows systems regularly. There is nothing fancy you need to learn to use this tool. Just download the software and connect your Mac drive, the drive will show up just like any other drive for you to access.

Option 4: UFS Explorer (Supports both HFS+ and APFS)

UFS Explorer is another great tool to access APFS and HFS+ drives from Windows systems. This tool offers both free and paid versions. The free version allows you to read Mac drives, but has limitations w.r.t file size and save functionality. But the paid version offers all features and allows you to work with APFS and HFS+ file systems, disk images, RAID arrays, and virtual disks.

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Guide to Fix File System Error (- 2147219196) on Windows 10

Fix File System error-2147219196

Fix File System error-2147219196

Error Code:

File System Error (- 2147219196).

Symptoms:

The “File System Error (- 2147219196)” appears when the user opens an image, file or try to move a folder in Windows 10 operating systems. The error is seen after the recent Windows update as reported by several users.

Causes:

  • Windows update
  • Corrupt or mismatched system files
  • Virus attack
  • Corrupt hard drive
  • Bad sectors
  • Installed applications conflict
  • File system encryption
  • Outdated driver software, etc.

Resolution:

How to Fix File System Error (- 2147219196)?

Step 1: Update Windows

  • Type Windows update in the Cortana and select Windows Update Settings.
  • Click Check for Updates button and allow Windows to check available updates.
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Check for updates

Download and install updates if, any found and restart your computer to verify the file system error (- 2147219196) is solved.

Step 2: Run Virus Scan

  • Open Windows Defender and click on Virus & threat protection.
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Windows Defender

  • In Windows Defender Security Centre, choose “Run a new advanced scan” option.
  • Select Full scan and hit the Scan Now button.

Run a new advanced scan

Wait till the scanning process get completed.

Step 3: Run CHKDSK

Go to Start menu, type cmd. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator. Hit Yes or Allow button to launch the CMD window.

Next, type chkdsk /f/r and press Enter button.

When it is prompted to run a scan the next time you restart the computer, type Y and click Enter.

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Type chkdsk command

If, your hard drive is having unfixable bad sectors or it is damaged beyond repair then, you have to format it. It is recommended to retrieve data off a damaged hard drive or from a corrupt disk before you format it since formatting erases your entire data from the affected drive.

In case you want to fix a corrupted hard drive without formatting then, take assistant of a technical expert and fix the drive.

Step 4: Disk Cleanup

  • Open Command Prompt (Run as administrator), type below commands and press Enter key after each:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Type dism-cmd

Type dism-cmd

Each command will some little time to complete the scan process. When done, restart your system.

Step 5: Run SFC

  • Launch elevated Command Prompt (Run as administrator), type sfc /scannow and hit Enter key.
Type sfc-scannow

Type sfc-scannow

Stop using the computer until SFC finishes the scanning process. After done you will see any one of the below messages:

  • Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations- Close CMD window
  • Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation– If so, then try running the SFC in Safe Mode
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them Corrupt files are fixed so, restart your system
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of themCheck log file and manually replace corrupt files

Step 6: Reset Theme and Store Cache

  • Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize option.
  • Select Themes. Under Apply a theme, select Windows 10.
  • Next, open the Run app (press Windows R keys), type WSReset.ext and hit OK.
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Run window reset cache

  • Once the resetting store cache is done, reboot the computer.

Step 7: Disable Encryption

  • Open Control Panel and click on the System and Security button.
  • Next, select BitLocker Drive Encryption from the shown options.
  • Make sure you will see the “BitLocker off” tag for all drives/partitions.
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Bit Locker

  • If any of the drives are BitLocker encrypted, then Turn Off BitLocker for it.
  • Restart the system and check File System Error (- 2147219196) is solved.
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How to Fix When NTFS Partition is in an Unsafe State

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“NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” is the error message encountered by users who are running dual boot Windows 8.1/10 either with Linux or Ubuntu.

Typically, this error code appears when you are working on Windows partitions through Linux or Ubuntu. You don’t have to worry about Windows system files or the hard disk drive when you face the error code “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully”.

Since the Windows failed to shut down completely when you attempt to turn off Windows, this error pops up. So, shutting down Windows completely, disabling fast startup, and few other solutions can resolve “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” error in no time.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Solve ‘NTFS Partition Is in an Unsafe State. Please Resume and Shutdown Windows Fully’ Error:

Step 1: Shutdown Windows Completely

Latest versions of Windows operating systems like Windows 8.1, 10 places the RAM contents onto the hard drive before shutting down. This mechanism is to reboot the OS with less span of time next time. So, the startup is faster in recent Windows editions compared to earlier. Even though it is an advantage, it prevents the user from accessing the Windows volume under other operating systems in dual boot. Hence, it gives rise to “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” error.

To fix this:

1. Save and close all your opened documents. Reboot your Windows OS.

2. Hold down Windows and R keys together when Windows is still loading.

3. Type shutdown -s -t 00 in Run window and click OK key.

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Run shutdown code

Wait until your system shut down completely. Once done, wait for few seconds and start the computer. Ensure you are booting into Ubuntu or Linux (whichever you use).

Step 2: Disable Fast Startup

Above solution might resolve the error “NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” after the reboot. But, disabling fast startup might fix it permanently. So, if you are running dual boot with Windows and Linux/Ubuntu and don’t use Windows often then disabling the fast startup is recommended.

Steps to Disable Fast Startup:

1. Open Control Panel and select Power Options.

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Control Panel – Power Options

2. On the left pane, click “what the power button does”.

Select What the Power button does option

Select Choose what the Power button does option

In earlier Windows versions, navigate to Control Panel select Hardware and Sound -> Power Options -> Choose what the power buttons do.

3. Next, opt to Change settings that are currently unavailable under System Settings (under Advanced settings in old Windows editions).

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Select Change settings that are currently unavailable

4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup option and Save changes.

Unselect Turn on fast startup

Step 3: Fix and Mount NTFS Partition

In case you are unable to mount Windows NTFS volume due to the error “The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown Windows fully” when using dual boot then, use “ntfsfix” command.

It is a Windows command available to repair the NTFS volume. It can easily fix errors related to MFT, MFT Mirror, file system inconsistencies, etc. So, follow below procedure and fix NTFS volume; then mount it.

Even if running the “ntfsfix” code cannot help you in mounting the drive, then it seems your partition is broken. And, you have to make use of a result-oriented NTFS partition recovery software to restore your data from the affected volume.

Wondering which program to use for recovering NTFS partition data? Then, try Remo Recover Windows an award-winning data recovery tool to recover data from lost, deleted, inaccessible, corrupt, or damaged NTFS, and NTFS5 partitions in just 2 clicks. The tool can even unformat NTFS drives on any version of Windows operating system. The program is even compatible to support data recovery from FAT, ExFAT, HFS, HFSX file systems on RAID arrays.

To run “ntfsfix”:

1. Open elevated Command Prompt.

2. Type sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdXY and hit Enter key.

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Type ntfsfix command

3. In the above command, replace X with your Drive Letter and Y with Partition Number.

For example, consider “sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdc1”, “sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda2”, “sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdb1”, etc. where c, a, and b are Drive Letters and 1, 2, and 1 are Partition Numbers.

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How to Fix the Error ‘The specified disk is not convertible’?

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Fix Error The specified disk is not convertible

The error ‘The specified disk is not convertible’ implies that the disk that the MBR disk is not convertible to GPT. Since this error is related to MBR and GPT partitioning, it is important to understand what these terms indicate and what are they used for.

Difference between MBR and GPT partitions

A partition is a small logical division on a hard disk. A partition table is a table that contains details about the different partitions on the disk. There are 2 types of partition tables; namely MBR and GPT. MBR is an old method of partitioning that is still in use even today. Some disadvantages of MBR are that it supports hard disk sizes of only 2 TB and it doesn’t allow more than 4 partitions on the disk.

GPT, on the other hand, is a new method of partitioning that allows you to create an almost infinite number of partitions on the disk (but Windows limits it to 128) and one partition can have about 256 TB space. Another advantage of using GPT style is that it stores multiple copies of boot and partitioning data. So even if this data is corrupted, GPT is capable of recovering it easily, which is not possible with MBR.

Error ‘The specified disk is not convertible’ when converting MBR to GPT

Due to the advantages of GPT’s offer, you may need to convert your MBR disks to GPT. And in order to convert MBR to GPT, users often make use of the Disk Management tool. Although it works in most cases, it may fail in some cases and result in errors like ‘The specified disk is not convertible’. This is often due to not clearing the disk before beginning the MBR to GPT conversion or some errors during the conversion process.

You will find detailed instructions below on how to overcome this error and convert the disk from MBR to GPT using a command line tool called DiskPart.

  1. Use the command line Disk Management tool called ‘DiskPart’

To enter Command Prompt, just type ‘cmd’ on the taskbar and right click on Command Prompt icon. Then click ‘Run as Administrator’

When the command prompt opens, follow the instructions below:

  • Type ‘diskpart’ and hit Enter
  • Type ‘list disk’ and hit Enter
  • In the list of disks, note down the disk # of the disk you want to convert
  • Type ‘select disk #’ (where # is the disk # you want to convert to GPT) and hit Enter
  • Type ‘clean’ and hit Enter
  • Then type ‘convert mbr’ and hit Enter

Now the process of converting from GPT will begin. Once the process completes, your MBR disk will be ready. If you’ve tried this method and you continue to receive the error ‘The specified disk is not convertible’, then you can make use of free tools like ‘GParted’ to do the job for you.

GParted is a free tool that is a good alternative to the Windows built-in tool as it is specially designed for disk management operations such as creating or deleting a partition, converting from MBR to GPT etc.

Important!

Before you perform any disk related operations such as creating or deleting a partition, converting from MBR to GPT or any such thing, it is advised that you have a complete backup of your system. This is because these operations will delete all data on the disk.

If you’ve encountered data loss after a disk related operation and no backup is available, then there are data recovery tools such as Remo Recover that can recover the lost data for you. This software is capable of recovering all kinds of files like documents in various formats, images, videos and such. This tool can also be used to recover files lost due to MBR corruption. In such cases, if an entire partition has to be recovered, the tool does so very diligently by making sure the original structure of files and folders along with file names are maintained. You can also use this tool to recover data from GPT protective partition.

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How to Fix the Element Not Found Error?

Fix Element not found Error

Element not found Error

The error “Element not found” appeared on Windows systems, is nothing but an explorer.exe error. Typically, “Element not found” error message emerges when the user tries to open an installed application, Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, Command Prompt, Settings, image files using default image viewer, etc.

Tutorial to Fix Element Not Found Error:

In most of the cases, Element not found error code is an indication of corrupted system files on the Windows computer, outdated or faulty driver software, issues with the File Explorer, installed applications conflict, and more. Luckily, you can fix element not found error using the below easy resolutions:

Step 1: Restart Explorer.exe

Since, Element not found error is the issue connected with File Explorer, resetting the explorer in Windows computer may solve the error.

To restart Explorer.exe:

  • Open Task Manager by pressing CTRL, Shift, and Esc keys simultaneously
  • Switch to Details tab, select exe and click End task button
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Explorer – End task

  • You will see a black screen. Now open Task Manager
  • Click on File and select Run new task option
  • Type explorer/exe and hit OK
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Open Explorer

Explorer will restart. Check the “element not found” error is fixed.

Step 2: Run SFC

SFC (System File Checker) scans for corruptions in system files and restore them to a healthy state. If Windows Resource Protection (WRP) file is missing, damaged, or corrupted in your Windows computer then running SFC will fix the error “element not found”.

To run the SFC tool:

  • Type cmd in the Start search box, right-click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  • Next, type sfc /scannow and press Enter key.
  • SFC will start scanning and it takes some time to complete the process. Restart the computer when scanning is done.
  • Also, try running DISM after the SFC scan using below steps.
  • Type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and hit Enter button.
Run Command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Run Command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Step 3: Update Driver Software

A common cause behind “Element not found” error is outdated, faulty, corrupted, unsupported, or damaged driver software. So, update or reinstall each Windows driver to fix this error.

To update your driver software:

  • Search and open Device Manager from the Start menu.
  • Expand your hardware device, select the driver software, and right-click.
  • Choose Update driver
  • Either search automatically for updated driver software or browse the computer for driver software (if you have downloaded drivers).
Update Driver options

Update Driver options

  • Follow the on-screen instructions.

To reinstall driver:

Choose Uninstall device option instead of Update driver and check “Delete the driver software for this device”. Restart the system and allow Windows to reinstall the drivers.

Step 4: Reset the Application

If “element not found” error popup when you are opening/using a Windows app then, reset that app to fix the error.

To do this:

  • Go to Windows Settings and click Apps.
  • In the Apps & features window, select the app which you want to reset and choose Advanced options. Click the Reset button.
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Reset PC

  • Check whether this helps in fixing the error message “element not found” when using the app.

Use Different Application to Open your Files

If the Element not found error code popped when you attempt to open a particular file, then try using a different application to access the file.

Step 5: Remove Windows update

If any recently installed update is causing the error Element not found, then uninstall the update and reboot the Windows computer using these guidelines:

  • Open Settings and select Update & Security.
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Settings – Update and Security

  • Select Windows Update, View update history and Uninstall updates.
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View installed update history

  • Select the appropriate update from the list and Uninstall it.

Step 6: Reset PC

Resetting your computer should be the last solution to try for solving the Element not found error. Even though this process preserves all your personal files and removes only installed applications, several Windows users have struggled to recover data after factory restore or Windows reset. So, it is recommended to backup your important files, just in case.

How to Reset Your PC?

  • Go to Settings and select Update & Security.
  • Click on the Recovery option and Get started under Reset this PC.
Reset PC

Reset PC

  • Complete the on-screen instructions.

Note: Want to recover files after factory reset Windows 10 or any other version of Windows operating system? Then, try this technique.

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C Drive Filling Up by Itself on Windows 10 – How to Fix?

Its usual for hard drives to consume space as and when files are added. But what’s bizarre is when the hard drive fills up in a short period of time and gives you a low space warning. Here, in this blog, we address this issue of hard drive space (C: drive) filling up too quickly and explain the reasons for this issue. We also provide solutions to resolve this problem. So, read this article to reclaim your C: drive space now in Windows 10.

Steps to Reclaim space on C: drive in Windows 10

For the most part, we all understand that the C: drive consists of operating system files, system files, and applications. But there are also many other things stored on the C: drive that not many of us are aware of. Let’s try to understand these files and learn how to reclaim space on the hard drive.

  1. Cache and temporary files:

In order to make your browsing experience better and fast, your browser saves cache files on your hard drive. Over time, these files can grow in number and occupy a ton of space.

Similar to cache, temporary files are files saved on your C: drive when you install a program or application. These temp files can occupy a large amount of space over time. Deleting these two files: cache and temp files on your C: drive will help you free up some space and let’s see how you can do that in Windows 10.

  • Search for Disk Clean up in the taskbar. When the icon appears in the results, click on it
Open Disk Cleanup

Open Disk Cleanup

  • In the new dialogue that opens, select C: drive
Select Drive

Select Drive

  • Disk Cleanup will calculate the amount of space you can free up and opens a new window. In the window, select ‘Temporary Files’ and click Ok
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Delete Temporary Files

  1. Restore points and shadow copy files

Restore points are essentially backups of your system mainly comprising of Windows Registry files. These restore points store certain portions of your OS and may not be the best backup to completely rely on.

Similarly, there are files known as volume shadow copy files that save old versions of files. This helps you get back access to files if you accidentally overwrite them.

If you have a good backup strategy like a disk image or something similar, then restore points and volume shadow copy files may not be useful and can be deleted. Deleting these files will free up a ton of space on your C: drive.

  • In the taskbar, type ‘Create a restore point’ and click on the icon to open it
  • Choose ‘C:’ drive under System Protection tab and click Configure
  • Set the ‘Max disk usage’ to a maximum of 5% or 10% to make sure these restore points don’t occupy more than this assigned percentage. You can also choose to ‘Delete all restore points’ to delete the restore points and get the space back.
  • Optionally, you can also choose to Disable System Protection completely to turn off Volume Shadow Files and save some space going forward.

If you want to delete old volume shadow files, there is an option to do that through Disk Clean up tool as explained in Solution 1.

  1. Corrupt file systems

File systems can get corrupted if the system doesn’t shut down properly or if the system is turned OFF in the middle of a write cycle. And corrupt file systems can result in errors such as C: drive filling up too soon etc. In order to solve this problem, you can run a tool called CHKDSK using the steps explained below.

  • Open Windows Explorer and right click on ‘C:’ drive
  • Then select Properties > Tools
  • Under the Error Checking tab, select Check Now

Once CHKDSK completes, disk errors should be fixed. Now, check if the C: drive shows the right amount of available space.

  1. Run anti-virus scan

C: drive filling up by itself can also be due to virus/malware on your computer. In this case, you can run an anti-virus scan on your system to eliminate this issue.

Data recovery using Remo Recover

If none of these solutions help you resolve the C: drive space error and if the drive has turned inaccessible, it is most likely corrupted. In that case, you will need to recover data and then format the hard drive. And to recover data from inaccessible or corrupt hard drives, Remo Recover is the perfect solution.

Remo Recover can recover data from corrupt hard drives, USB flash drives, SD cards, and other storage devices. It is also a partition recovery tool that can recover damaged partitions and lost partitions.