It has been some time since Microsoft has launched the Windows 10 Creators Update. With Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft has made useful changes for the productive people. Furthermore, there are also noticeable improvements in Microsoft Edge, Cortana and other Windows features.
However, Windows 10 is notorious for its bugs and security issues. We have found one such issue which has been reported by thousands of people over the internet and there’s no helpful content from any sources. Probably you too are facing the same issue and that’s why you are reading this article.
What is INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND Error?
Well, in short, this is one such critical error which stops many of the Microsoft services from working. In most case, these specific services are Microsoft Edge, Cortana and Windows Store. Moreover, other applications and systems which are dependent on Microsoft’s services also break down. Over the internet, it is visible that other than the above-mentioned services apps such as Netflix for Windows 10, Feedback Hub and Weather apps also suffer from this error. All of these apps shows that there might be an issue with the users Network. However, that’s not true.
What could cause error INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND?
Till the date of writing the article, there is no official information on what causes the error. Although, I have personally faced the issue myself and I think I have some clues. While thoroughly going through a lot of forums on this topic I found that many users were having this issue due to the cumulative update KB4022725 provided by Microsoft. But in my case, that was not the issue. I have updated to Windows 10 Creators Update a long time and ago and not only that even after installing the KB4022725 update my laptop was running just fine.
If I go back a bit, before when I started facing this issue, it looks like the following. My laptop was having McAfee antivirus pre-installed. However, I was not happy with it and I chose Quick Heal over it. So I uninstalled McAfee and was going to install Quick Heal Total Security. However, before that, my system got infected with some malware. So on the recommendation of a friend I downloaded and installed Malwarebytes to clear the malware. I scanned my system and found a lot of threats. I chose to remove all those infecting files using Malwarebytes and as a normal procedure restarted my PC.
Upon restarting I found that none of the Microsoft services like Edge, Store or Cortana was working. Searching about this on the Internet I found that most people who were facing this issue after removing malware using Malwarebytes. Apparently, it looks like while cleaning the malware, Malwarebytes removed some important registry file which is used to run these Microsoft services.
How to solve the INET_E_RESOURCE_NOT_FOUND error?
As of now, there is no update from Microsoft which fixes this issue. Microsoft team recommends to change DNS, Flush DNS and reinstall Cortana but let me tell you none of those work. However, there is nothing to worry as I have found something for you. So without further delay let’s fix this issue for you. Below is the step by step guide which you need to follow.
- Download the ‘regfix.zip‘ file in your downloads folder. Click here to download the .zip file.
- Right-click on the file and extract everything from the file to the downloads folder. Use 7zip software if required.
- After extraction Make sure both FixTcpipACL.ps1 and TcpipAclData.xml are in your downloads folder i.e. C:\Users\”Your User Name”\Downloads.
- Now download the getAppsCommand.txt file from here.
- Search (Windows + S) for Windows Powershell and run it as administrator.
- Use the following command to move your directory to the downloads folder.
CD C:\Users\Your Username\Downloads
- Run the following command.
- When prompted choose ‘A’ and hit enter.
- Now, run this command.
- Finally, restart your computer and ‘Seikōit it’s done!
Many of my friends have also encountered this issue and this has fixed Microsoft services for all of them. I hope it will fix your issue as well. In case, if this doesn’t work let us know in the comments I will try to help my best.
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