How To Repair: An attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist error

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If your Windows File Explorer no longer works and you see an error when trying to open it – it has tried to point to a token that doesn’t exist, then this message may help you. First, this problem was reported after the April update and fixed by Microsoft after the compilation was fixed. However, users have reported this until recently. This problem has also been reported with utilities such as Microsoft Management Console (MMC), Visual Studio, Printers, Task Manager, Recycle Bin, etc.

How to correct the error was an attempt to point to a token that does not exist.

If you are having difficulty solving this particular problem, this article provides a set of basic troubleshooting steps. Below is a set of methods that other users in a similar situation have successfully used to bypass or solve the problem.

Repairing corrupted files from the elevated command prompt

Some users in a similar situation have been able to solve the problem after using a elevated command prompt to fix registry system file corruption.

Note that this method only works if the error message is actually caused by file corruption.

Back to the previous version of Window 10

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As mentioned above, simply updating Windows will not solve the problem because the files are already corrupted. A better way is to go back to the previous version of Windows 10 (whatever it was before the April 1803 update) and update it.

1] Click on Start.

2] While holding down the Shift key, click Power, then click Restart.

3] It would boot your system in Advanced Recovery Options mode.

4] Select Troubleshooting, then click Back to previous version of Windows.

Use the Command Prompt


Open a command prompt (“Search CMD”) (right mouse button and run as administrator) and navigate to


Re-record the required DLL files with the following command:

For /F %s in (‘dir /b *.dll’) do regsvr32 /s %s

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