The specified module could not be found [SOLVED]
Bothered by the The specified module could not be found error message? You’re not alone.
But the good news is, it’s not hard to fix at all…
Try these fixes
The screenshots below are from Windows 10, but the fixes also work in Windows 8 and 7. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.
System File Checker (SFC) is a handy feature in Windows that helps scan your system files and repair missing or corrupted system files(including those related to error The specified module could not be found). To run the SFC scan:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
- Click Yes when prompted to confirm.
- In the command prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
It’ll take some time for the SFC to replace the corrupted system files with new ones if it detects any, so please be patient.
- Restart your computer and see if the error has gone.
A outdated/mismatched/corrupted driver IS most likely responsible for the error. It can be difficult to put finger on which one is offending our system so we need to update ALL the drivers available to help resolve the situation.
There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:
Update your drivers manually – To troubleshoot the issue, you can update all available drivers manually ONE BY ONE until you pin down the exact driver at fault. Firstly you’ll have to go to the manufacturer’s website, search for the most recent correct driver for the devices. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions. Then download & update them all by yourself.
Update your drivers automatically – Updating all the drivers manually is no picnic. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
Restart your computer and hopefully the The specified module could not be found error has been fixed.
If the fixes above didn’t help with the situation, then chances are your computer is suffering from a nasty malware attack, which can very well feed into more problems (like sluggishness or system crashes) if mishandled.
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Another reason for the The specified module could not be found problem is the damaged Windows registry entries. If that’s the case, we might have to delete those files for our computer to run properly again.
To do so:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste regedit into the box and press Enter.
- Locate and double-click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion. Then delete Run.
- Locate and double-click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion. Then delete Run.
- Locate and double-click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion. Then delete RunOnce.
- Locate and double-click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion. Then delete RunOnce.
- Restart your computer and check if if it works.
That’s it – 4 easy fixes for your The specified module could not be found problem. Hope this helps and feel free to share your ideas with us in the comment section below. 🙂