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Windows 7: Device manage gives The Specified Path Does Not Exist

24 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7
Device manage gives The Specified Path Does Not Exist

I am having a problem related to device manager on my laptop under Win 7. When I select Computer/Manage on the laptop, I receive the message 'The specified path does not exist' from the application Explorer.exe. This also occurs if I go to control panel and select device manager. I ran sfc /scannow and it is reporting that the software is OK.

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24 Nov 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro

1) Did you make any changes prior to the issue occurring?
2) Check for any errors in Event Viewer.
Follow the steps from the below link:

Open Event Viewer

Event Viewer - Open and Use in Windows 7

As a test:

Using Windows 7, In the start search box, enter 'devmgmt.msc' and check if it opens there.

Have a look and see if you have this file :

1. Click start

2. In the search box, type 'run'

3. enter 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\devmgmt.msc' and check if the file is present.
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24 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7

I resolved the problem. sfc /scannow did not find anything. Norton Anti-virus did not fix the problem. But Norton Power Eraser found 3 bad entried in the registry. After I had Power Eraser remove these three registry values, the device manager started up normally.
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