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Published: October 30, 2015 | Applies to:

If your Windows 10 gives "The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation" or Element not found error, try this fix.

Windows 10 users are constantly reporting this Element not found error, since the days when the operating system (OS) was under development. Today, even after few months of Windows 10 release, the condition has not changed and now users are reporting same error for different features. That is, some says that they get this error message with title Explorer.EXE, while others says they experience this issue with Store App or other Universal Apps. A typical error message screenshot is given here:

Element not found.

FIX - Windows 10 Element Not Found Error

Specifically read: [FIX] Getting “Explorer.EXE” Error On Windows Start Up

Along with the above shown screenshot, users experiencing this problem with Explorer.EXE also came across this message:

The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

FIX - Windows 10 Element Not Found Error

Since there is neither any hint about what is causing the issue nor any help / support link along with error message, there may exist different solutions for this problem. Plus this dilemma is being faced with various components of the OS, so different treatment may solve it. The elementary fix to solve this problem is to open Task Manager and restart File Explorer. In this article, we’re sharing some general fixes, which has dominated till now in order to suppress the issue.

FIX : Windows 10 Element Not Found Error

FIX 1 – General Troubleshooting Approaches

There may be following possibilities which can cause this issue:

  • Your Windows 10 installation missed something
  • Third-party software you’ve installed might have modified your native system files
  • User account got corrupted

Above mentioned points may affect your system independently or in conjugation. In such case, uninstall all the third-party software and run System File Checker utility using steps mentioned here:

How To Use System File Checker To Repair Windows 10

FIX - Windows 10 Element Not Found Error

If you found that SFC can’t help you, try the DISM commands instead:

Steps To Repair Your Windows 10 Using DISM Commands

I would also suggest to boot into Safe Mode, restore your system to earlier date and create a new user account to check – if either of these could solve the problem.

FIX 2 – Use Built-in Troubleshooters

Windows 10 comes with more than 20 built-in troubleshooters for finding and fixing issues on various built-in features. In this case, you can take advantage of those troubleshooters and run them one-by-one.

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

Here is the guide, which will provide you more details about using troubleshooters:

How To Use Built-in Troubleshooters In Windows 10

FIX 3 – Reinstall Windows 10 Without Affecting Your Data

In case if FIX 1 and FIX 2 collectively didn’t solved the problem, you still have a very good option left in your hand. That way is to reinstall the whole OS, without affecting your personal files and apps.

How To Reinstall Windows 10 Without Affecting Personal Files

Checkout this article for complete steps:

How To Reinstall Windows 10 Without Affecting Personal Files

After reinstalling Windows 10, we’re pretty sure that you won’t have the issue appearing then.

Hope something helps, Good luck!

Also see: Class not registered error in Windows 10

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  • SFC helped me thanks.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help :)

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