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Strange Error Message

  1. #1


    Posts : 57
    Windows 8

    Strange Error Message


    Windows 8 Pro, latest updates.

    Strange error message in last couple days on startup, sometimes at other times.

    Explorer.exe (in title bar of message)

    In message section-yellow triangle with exclamation point, followed by "Windows can't find the target".

    What target?

    Explorer is working, as I can open a folder, etc.

    I tried SFC /scannow, and it reported no problems.

    A Google search of the term found no hits.

    Anyone know what is going on?

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  2. #2


    Michigan
    Posts : 50
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Sound like an application that loads when Windows starts up is missing. You can try pressing Ctrl Alt Del and select task manager. At the bottom of the task manager window select "More Details". This will give you tabs to select from - Select "Startup". This will show a list of application that will load when the PC is rebooted and Windows starts up. Right click on each entry and from the menu select "Open File Location" to verify the application exists. If it does not then that is the problem.

    Task manager - Startup is kind of limited as to whats being reported so an other option is an application called "AnvirTask Manager". When I load Windows 8 Task manager - Startup on my PC it shows 3 applications, AnvirTask Manager Shows an additional 8 applications for a total of 11.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 57
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the reply.

    I have WinPatrol Monitor running, and I usually use WP to tell me about startup programs. Actually, I have disabled most, so have a very clean startup. In fact, besides the essential windows startups, WP is the only additional one.

    By the way, I also did a ccleaner registry clean, to see if it would clear up false links in the registry. I chose to clean everything it suggested, and reboot. Did not help, still the same error message.

    I looked in Systernals Autoruns too, to see about startup programs, and did not find the culprit.
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  4. #4


    Michigan
    Posts : 50
    Windows 8.1 64bit


    Does the event log show anything that may give you a clue? Also you state that you have a very clean start up with the only thing loading being WP. May be WP is the problem. CCleaner didn't find anything as the executable for WP is there and WP it"s self is showing the application is there but maybe WP is calling something it uses that it can't find. Try disabling WP from loading at startup and see if the error goes away.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 57
    Windows 8


    Fortunately, the problem seems to have gone away by itself now. I never figured out what caused it. I hope it doesn't return.
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