Tips to fix “Windows cannot find this file” Error in MS Access Database

Sometimes when you try to open a database file of your Access database, an error message pops up declaring that the file could not be found or the database cannot be mounted. This error message generally occurs due to the corruption or damage in your Access database file. The damage or corruption of Access database occurs due to virus attack, improper shutdown of Access database, operating system corruption, multiple users modifying the same database component at the same time, etc. However, the final outcome of all these situations is inaccessibility or loss of the data which is stored on your Access database. One of the ideal ways to overcome this loss and recover your is through updated backup of Access database. But, in the absence of proper backup, third-party Access recovery software works as a boon.

Consider a practical scenario wherein you encountered an error message when you double-click on a Access 2007 database file:

“Windows cannot find this file…”

After this error message all the records which are saved on this database file become inaccessible. In addition you come across with the same error message every time when you double-click on this database file. However, to rectify this issue we must understand the causes behind the occurrence of this unexpected error message.


The most probable reason of encountering this error message is corruption of the database file.


To resolve this issue and get back the accessibility to this database file, you need to use the inbuilt utility of MS Access named as ‘Compact and Repair’. Thus, to use this utility, follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Click Microsoft Office icon and choose ‘Manage’ option
  • Then choose ‘Compact and Repair Database’ option
  • Select the corrupt database file and click ‘Compact’.
  • Now provide an appropriate name to the recovered file and then click ‘Save’.

However, if this utility fails to solve your problem and you still are getting the same error message every time when you double click on this file then you need efficient Access database recovery software. These tools have interactive user interface and use advance scanning mechanism to repair corrupt database files. Access Recovery Software is one such Access repair tool which repairs severely corrupt Access database file and restores its objects in a new MS Access file. This efficient Access repair software can recover the deleted Access database records of Access database file separately. Additionally, the software supports MS Access 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000 and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, Server2003, XP, and 2000.


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