Windows® 7 Network Path Not Found error
Explain the network path not found error in Windows 7? What are the causes of the error and the various ways to fix it?
Windows Operating system is ideal for sharing resources such as printer, scanner, and other computers with a network. When you need to access any particular device like a mass storage device, you need to type a path for the device. Usually this path is entered in to the ‘Run’ window. After installation of a hard disk or another computer in a network, you can easily see the network path from the network connections. Sometimes errors might occur when using the network to access certain devices. The "Path not found" error in Windows is mainly caused due to resource problems that you may be trying to access or due to wrong syntax.
Following are different causes of the path not found error and ways to fix the same:
- Removal of a resource
- Network connection problem
- Incorrect path
Removal of a resource
A network is formed by sharing large number of resources. These resources include network printer, mass storage device, and scanner etc. Computers might also be connected to other computers for sharing data. When you are unable to access a path in the explorer, chances are that the particular resource might not be connected to it.
Network connection problem
Various devices in a network are connected to each other through some means. They might be either connected through wire or wireless connection. In case of wireless connection, fix network problems like signals not available by placing the wireless transmitter in a place that is easily accessible by all devices. In the case of wired connections, check for the correct connections to fix the issue.
Make sure that the path you have typed in the ‘Run’ window is correct. Check for errors in the format. In case there is an error, "Path is not valid" or "Path typed in the Run window is invalid" type messages may appear.
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