Fix: Can not Find Script File ‘C:\Windows\system32\Maintenance.vbs’

Users experience the Can not find script file due to several different reasons that include corrupt system files and malware infections. This error message has different occurring scenarios that include during bootup, when an application is launching, or when you are using the settings in your operating system.


You can also make use of the AutoRun utility to check which services are started when your computer starts up and which are processes that may cause the current error message. From there, you can also disable potentially bad services which think can be the culprit.

This problem can occur on any Windows client operating system, but we will focus on troubleshooting the issue on Windows 10. All the solutions that we will cover in this article can also be applied to all later versions of Windows 7.

Solution 1: Recreate a *.vbs file

The first solution would be to recreate fresh maintenance.vbs file in Windows. After creating the file, we will navigate to original location and replace the file there. When we restart the computer, the file will get run by the system and the error message will not appear again.

  1. Create a new text document on Desktop and type the following content:
  2. Open the Save As window of the file and then choose the file type to *.*
  3. Name the document as Maintenance.vbs, save changes, and exit.
  4. Now, copy the file to the following location:
  5. Restart your Windows and check if problems till persists

Solution 2: Perform System File Check

One of the reasons why Windows stops working or why we could experience an issue with system files is when they get corrupt. Thanks to Microsoft and the tool called System File Checker (SFC), we will be able to scan and repair the issues related to system corruption.

System File Checker

The SFC must be executed via an elevated command prompt interface. You can use the System File Checker to check for corrupt files. If the tool finds any, it will automatically replace them with fresh ones after downloading from the internet.

Solution 3: Perform DISM Cleanup

Windows 10 ships with an extremely helpful command-line utility known as Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM). Typically, the DISM command is used when the SFC utility is unable to repair corrupted or modified system files.

Run DISM Command

Run the DISM Repair tool on your computer as an administrator and wait for the entire process to complete. After it has, make sure to restart your computer before proceeding further with other solutions.

Solution 4: Check against Malware

One of the reasons why this problem could occur is because your system files are infected by malware. We strongly recommend running the antivirus scan and verify if you have any malware on your system.

Usually, the system has Windows Defender operating all the time in the background. It frequently checks for malware and viruses on all incoming and outgoing files. However, if it is turned off, it will not be very useful. Make sure that your Windows Defender is Turned On and proceed with a full scan of the system.

The best practice would be not to do antivirus can with single antivirus, but also to verify if another antivirus can find any malware. You can use Malwarebytes to search for Malware on your computer as well.

Kevin Arrows
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Fix: Can not Find Script File ‘C:\Windows\system32\Maintenance.vbs’

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