You have probably encountered this error, but don’t know how to fix invalid file reference.
The invalid file reference error occurs when you’re trying to open a file and your system tells you that the file is corrupt.
This error can occur when you’re trying to open a file or folder on your local hard drive, a network drive, or a removable drive.
- The Invalid File Reference: The Path to the File is Invalid error message is an error code that can appear during the installation of certain programs.
- To fix this, you should install the latest version of the software.
- Some users found that they can complete the installation process, once they force the installation.
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Use a third-party software
- Download and install 7-Zip, for example.
- Open the 7-Zip folder and right-click the 7za.exe file, and select Run as administrator.
- Then, launch the 7-Zip software, and click the Open button.
- Select the 7za.exe file you want to recover, and press the Extract button.
Check file permissions
- Each user on your computer has read/write access to their own files only; other users can’t access your files.
- If you haven’t as yet assigned a user account with full permissions to the files, do so.
- The correct permissions are a “Full Control” permission.
- If you might have assigned partial permissions to other users, remove the “Read Only” permission from the file.
- Right-click on the file > select Properties.
- Under the Security tab > check “Full Control”.
- Click OK > Apply.
Check access type
- Make sure the file or folder you are trying to move has the correct access rights.
- If the file has write access, try moving it to another folder.
- If the file has read-only access, try adding write access rights.
- Check permissions
The file you are trying to move may have no write access and is owned by another user.
- Check the user who’s trying to move the file and see if they have write access.
Run the SFC scan
- Press Windows + S to launch the Search menu, enter cmd in the text field at the top, and then click on the relevant search result.
- Choose the Run as administrator option from the right-click context menu.
- Type in Sfc /scannow in the Command prompt’s text field, and then press Enter to run it.
- Thereafter, the SFC scan might identify corrupted files. If so, the SFC scan will repair those files.
Create a new .bat file
- Press the Windows key + S hotkey.
- Enter .bat in the search box.
- Select the Open File Location option to open the folder shown directly below.
- Right-click in the editor window and select New.
- Enter a name for the new .bat file in the File name text box.
- Press the Ctrl + K hotkey to open a new line.
- Enter the following script, and press the Enter key after each line:
- (Paste the commands listed directly below into the editor window.)
Create a new
- If not, open the existing file
- Make sure the language you use for your source code is exactly the same as the one in the executable file