The File or Folder does not exist in Windows – Unable to move or rename

If when you try to move or rename files or folders on your Windows computer, you cannot move or rename files or folders, you get the error message The File or Folder does not exist, then this post will help you fix the problem on your Windows Vista or Windows 7 or Windows 8 machine.

The File or Folder does not exist

The File or Folder does not exist

It is quite likely that the issue is being caused due to deletion of the Registry branch:


If you have installed update KB938979 by (an earlier version of) vLite edited Windows Vista or installed the beta version of KB938979, you are most likely to be facing this problem. Uninstalling the update is not known to help, as its a case of registry corruption. What you need to do is restore the missing registry hive to its default settings. Please ensure that you have indeed installed the KB938979 update.

Download and apply this Fix It from Microsoft.

And yes, best to always create a system restore point first.

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users may also want to use the Windows File and Folder Troubleshooter. It will also help fix this The File or Folder does not exist error message.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.