6 Ways to Solve Element Not Found Errors on Windows

By | December 5, 2021

If your copy of Windows is having trouble finding “Elements,” it may be difficult to pinpoint the cause.

Sometimes when you launch an app like Command Prompt, Microsoft Edge, File Explorer, or the Settings app in Windows, you’ll encounter an error that says “Element Not Found.”

This error usually appears due to corrupted drivers or files, third-party applications, or even bad Windows updates.

Since there are many causes for the “Element Not Found” error, you need to find out the cause so you can apply the right fix. Below, we have illustrated some of the ways that can help you get rid of this error.

Relaunch Explorer.exe

If launching File Explorer results in an “Element Not Found” error, restarting might work. All you need to do is stop the Windows explorer.exe process and restart it again.

To do this, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch the Task Manager. Open tab Processes and search Windows Explorer. Right click on it and select End task.

After Windows Explorer disappears from the process list, try launching File Explorer again. You can do it by clicking File > Create new task, type explorer.exe into the text box, and click OK. Hopefully, you can launch File Explorer without any problems now.

Uninstall All Latest Windows Updates

If you started experiencing this error after a Windows update, the update may have installed the driver that triggered the “Element Not Found” error. In this case, you need remove the latest update to restore your system to a previous state where everything worked fine.

You can uninstall Windows updates from the Control Panel. Press Ctrl + R, type control, and press Enter to launch the Control Panel. Click Uninstall a program under section Programs (or navigate to Control PanelProgramsPrograms and Features). From the left pane, select View installed updates.

This will open a new window named Installed Updates. You will find all the updates installed on your system here. Just choose the one you after installing the one you started having errors (use column Installed on for reference if needed). Right click on it and select Uninstall.

Once done, verify if this fixes the error.

Uninstall Lenovo Software

As strange as it may sound, even the manufacturer’s program can cause problems. If you experience the “Element Not Found” error on your Lenovo PC, and if Lenovo CapOSD and/or OneKey Theater is installed on it, there’s a good chance this program is the cause.

The simple fix is ​​to uninstall these programs and see if that solves the problem. To remove it, you must use the Control Panel.

Press Ctrl + R, type appwiz.cpl, and press Enter. This will launch the Control Panel window Programs and Features.

You will see all the programs listed on your PC here. Look for Lenovo CapOSD and OneKey Theater. Right click on them and select Uninstall. Once done, restart your PC and see if that fixes the problem.

Run SFC Scan or Use DISM Tool

Sometimes corrupt system files are the main cause of Windows errors. Unfortunately, there’s no realistic way for you to manually locate and repair corrupt system files yourself.

Fortunately, for jobs like this, the System File Checker (SFC) utility comes in handy. The SFC utility checks for system integrity violations and fixes any that are found automatically.

Running a scan is quite easy. Press Ctrl + R, type cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to launch an elevated Command Prompt. Then, run the following command and kick back with your drink of choice while doing the scan:

sfc /scannow

If it finds any corrupt system files, it will repair them automatically. If it doesn’t find the corrupted file, it will tell you that it isn’t. If SFC doesn’t find any corrupt system files or if it is found but your problem persists, you can try using the DISM tool.

The DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tool is another command line tool that helps to scan and fix problems with system images automatically. Here is the command you have to run:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

The DISM tool will then connect with Windows Update to replace corrupted files, if found. Note that if you find that the command crashes during the process, give it a few minutes and it will complete.

Once the process is complete, restart the PC and see if the “element not found” error persists.

Use Different Apps

If you haven’t been able to resolve the issue so far, try the solutions. If you ever experience this problem with certain file types, just changing the default app can help. For example, if you have your images set to open with the Windows Photos app by default, and you experience an “Element Not Found” error when opening images, try using a different photo viewer.

You can select another application by simply right clicking the file, selecting Open with > Choose another app, and select the new default application from the list. If you want to set it as the default, make sure to check the box next to Always use this app to open .png files (of course, the file extension will be different based on the file you’re working on).

Perform a Full Reset On Your PC

This is your last choice. If no fix works, full PC reset can help. Resetting Windows will return it to its original state, as it was when you first installed it. However, before you reset, make sure to back up your files, because a reset will remove all installed programs and even some of your files.

As drastic as it sounds, doing a full reset will most likely resolve the “Element Not Found” error. This is because a reset will return your Windows OS to its original, default state.

Problem solved

Hopefully, one of these fixes helps your Windows system from missing elements and you can now open the application you were trying to open.

With Windows, you’ll often run into errors you’ve never heard of. Since sometimes you may not have time to solve problems, consider using Windows-specific repair tools which will do a lot of the work for you, so you can save time on troubleshooting.