Windows cannot find C:/Windows/regedit.exe

In this post, we discuss a case scenario and then provide the solution to the error message – Windows cannot find C:\Windows\regedit.exe that you might receive when you start your Windows 10 device or try to open the Registry Editor.

Windows cannot find C:\Windows\regedit.exe

Windows cannot find C:\Windows\regedit.exe

Windows cannot find C:\Windows\regedit.exe, Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

Regedit.exe is a file that runs the Registry Editor. The Windows Registry system contains information about installations of software or hardware, their updates, and removals from your computer. This tool is usually used for resolving various problems and faults within the system. Although this is a rare case, there’s a chance that you may encounter some problems with this tool, which prevents users from opening the Registry Editor.

Having the Registry Editor malfunctioning is something that can be very dangerous because you’re not able to control what happens within your system.

If you face this issue, here are our suggestions you need to try:

  1. Run an antivirus scan at Boot-Time
  2. Run System File Checker
  3. Run DISM to repair the System Image
  4. Repair the Windows OS.

Let us see this in detail.

1] Run an antivirus scan at Boot-Time

Run a full system scan using Windows Defender or your favorite antivirus software – preferably in Safe Mode or at Boot-Time. You can run Windows Defender Offline Scan at boot time in Windows 10, to get rid of persistent and difficult-to-remove malware.

2] Run System File Checker

Run System File Checker or SFC to fix any system file corruption from the resident component store.

In an elevated CMD execute the following command:

sfc /scannow

This does not require Internet access.

If this not help, you may need to repair the Windows Component Store itself.

3] Run DISM to repair the System Image

To do this, you need to Run DISM.

In an elevated CMD execute the following command:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

This will fix any system image corruption.

4] Repair the Windows OS

If nothing helps, you may need to Repair Windows 10 using the Installation Media

This should get your Registry up and running again.

Related reads:

  1. How to Enable or Prevent access to Registry Editor
  2. REGISTRY_ERROR Blue Screen on Windows 10.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & 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.

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