How to Fix the Specified Procedure Could Not Be Found Error on Windows 11

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Are you having problems with applications not running? Learn how to fix the specified procedure could not be found error on Windows 11 here.

Windows 11 is an excellent operating system with a number of improvements over Windows 10, including the ability to download and install Android apps, use face and voice recognition, and take advantage of additional security measures.

Most of the time, Windows 11 is a great experience, but occasionally, things do go wrong. You may find that an application that was opening fine previously simply refuses to open. Instead, you get an error telling you that the specified procedure could not be found.

If this is happening to you, don’t panic—you should be able to fix it. Here’s what to try if you’re experiencing the specified procedure could not be found error on Windows 11.

Run the System File Checker Utility

If you’re seeing this error, then Windows cannot find a system file needed to run the application. This could be because the file became corrupted, or because it is missing completely. You can try using the System File Checker utility in Windows 11 to scan Windows and look for errors.

If the System File Checker finds errors, you can restore the missing or corrupted files. In order for this to work, you’ll first need to access the files needed to repair Windows. You can do so using the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) utility.

To run the System File Checker utility on Windows 11:

  1. Click the Search icon.
    windows 11 search icon
  2. Type cmd in the search field.
  3. Select Run As Administrator for the Command Prompt app.
  4. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
    windows 11 sfc scan now
  5. The system scan will begin and will take some time to complete.
  6. If any errors are found, you’ll see information about the errors in the Command Prompt window.
    windows 11 sfc scan results
  7. If there are errors, type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth and press Enter.
    windows 11 dism command
  8. It will appear like nothing is happening initially, but eventually, DISM will connect to Windows Update and find and replace the missing or corrupted files. This can take a significant amount of time.
  9. Restart your computer and try opening the application again.

Perform a Malware Scan

A possible cause of the specified procedure could not be found error in Windows 11 is malware. If your PC is infected with malware, this may stop your application from loading correctly.

You can use the in-built malware scanning in Windows 11 to check for any issues.

To run a malware scan in Windows 11:

  1. Click the Windows Security icon in the system tray. If the icon doesn’t appear in the main tray, you may need to click the Up Arrow to show the hidden icons.
    windows 11 security
  2. Select the Defender tab.
    windows 11 defender
  3. Under the Quick Scan button, click Scan Options.
    windows 11 scan options
  4. Select Full Scan and click Scan Now.
    windows 11 scan now
  5. If the scan finds any issues, it will remove or quarantine the malware automatically.
  6. Try opening the application again.

Reinstall the Application

Since the specified procedure could not be found error indicates a missing or corrupted file associated with the application that you’re trying to open, uninstalling and then reinstalling the application may restore all of the necessary files and get things working again.

To remove and reinstall an application on Windows 11:

  1. Right-click the Start icon.
    windows 11 start button
  2. Select Apps & Features.
    windows 11 apps and features
  3. Locate the app that is causing the issue and click the Three Dots icon.
    windows 11 three dots
  4. Select Uninstall.
    windows 11 uninstall app
  5. Click Uninstall to confirm your decision.
  6. Once the process finishes, download and install the application again.
  7. Try launching the app to see if it works.

Restore Windows 11 to a Previous State

If all else fails, and the app had been working previously, you can try restoring your computer to a time when the issue wasn’t occurring using the Windows System Restore tool.

This will only work if you’ve created System Restore points prior to the error first happening.

To restore Windows 11 to its previous state:

  1. Click the Search icon in the menu bar.
    windows 11 search icon
  2. Type control panel and open the Control Panel app.
    windows 11 control panel search
  3. In the Control Panel search field, type Recovery.
    windows 11 restore search
  4. Click Recovery in the results.
    windows 11 recovery
  5. Select Open System Restore.
    windows 11 open system restore
  6. Choose to use the Recommended Restore point or to Choose a Different Restore Point and click Next.
    windows 11 restore options
  7. If you opted to choose your own restore point, select one of the options, and click Next.
    windows 11 select restore
  8. Check that you have the correct restore point and click Finish.
    windows 11 finish restore
  9. Your computer will now roll back to the selected restore point.
  10. When the process is complete, try opening the corrupted application again.

Fix Your Windows 11 Errors

If you’re seeing the specified procedure could not be found error on Windows 11, the steps above will allow you to get your applications back up and running again. If you find any other useful solutions, please let us know in the comments below.

As with all operating systems, Windows 11 will occasionally throw up some unexpected errors. The good news is that there are usually ways to fix them. If you’re having the class not registered error on Windows 11, there are a few things you can try.

If you’re struggling with the unidentified network error on Windows 11, there are some steps you can try to solve that, too. And if you’re suffering from the dreaded Ntoskrnl.exe blue screen of death, we’ve got you covered there also.



  1. David

    July 26, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    silly that you say to run a virus scan using windows, to fix a problem , if it was the virus that caused the problem it would have already been detedted if it was active and in the defenitions of windows defenders database, if you had of said to download and run malwarebyts, well that would be a different story,

    • Steve Krause

      July 31, 2023 at 11:04 am

      Hi David,

      True. It could also be, the Virus definitions for Defender might have been updated recently and it will not find it on a full scan. That said — I don’t disagree, installing another anti-malware tool is fine. Malwarebytes (free edition) isn’t bad. I like it. I’ve just found Defender is good enough for my boxes.

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