SOLVED! “An Attempt Was Made To Reference a Token That Doesn’t Exist” Error: Insights

After upgrading to Windows 10 or running a Windows update (most likely the April Creators Update), some users have been constantly reporting being unable to access Explorer.exe. They are served an error message stating “An attempt was attempted to reference a token that does not exist,” reads the error notice.

This isn’t only a problem with Explorer.exe; it’s also been reported with Taskbar, Recycle Bin, and MMC, among other Windows native applications (Microsoft Management Console).

What Causes “An Attempt Was Made To Reference A Token That Doesn’t Exist”?

After examining the problem and reviewing different user reports, we were able to compile a list of likely causes:

Cause 1: The Problem Was Triggered By The April Creators Update.

The issue was introduced by the April Creators Update, which had an inconsistency that damaged the files of many built-in tools. Because the issue has not yet been resolved, installing the update now will not have the same results.

Cause 2: Corrupted System Files

If a sequence of system files gets corrupted, it might be due to an inconsistency in Windows updates, malware infestation, or human tampering.

How To Fix “An Attempt Was Made To Reference A Token That Doesn’t Exist”?

Will there be a Windows 11?

If you’re having issues resolving this issue, this article will walk you through a basic set of troubleshooting methods. Below, you’ll find a list of strategies that others in the same circumstance have utilized to effectively avoid or address the difficulty.

To get the best results, start with the first technique and work your way down in the order in which they are offered until you discover a fix that works for the “try to reference a token that does not exist” problem. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Try General Troubleshooting 

Before going into many complicated procedures, let’s start with trying some general troubleshooting and then move to the much-advanced procedures.

To start with the general Troubleshooting, simply follow the steps given below

  • Step 1: First, reboot your computer and see if the issue resolves itself.
  • Step 2: Next try booting into Safe Mode and check if the issue still persists.
  • Step 3: If the problem persists in Safe Mode, it’s possible that it’s related to third-party software on your computer. Perform a clean boot to identify and uninstall the offending program.
  • Step 4: Run System File Checker scan or run DISM commands to repair file corruption on your system.
  • Step 5: Make sure you have the latest Windows Updates installed. Sometimes having an older version of Windows tends to be the cause of this issue.

Method 2: Using The Command Prompt To Repair Corrupted Files

Some users who have encountered this same concern have been able to resolve the issue by utilizing an elevated Command Prompt to repair Registry system file corruption.

However, you need to keep in mind that this procedure will only work if the error message was caused by file corruption. 

Here are the steps you need to follow to fix the “attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist” problem using an elevated Command prompt:

  • Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open up a Run box. Then, type “cmd” and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open an elevated Command Prompt window. If prompted by the UAC (User account control) choose Yes.
  • Step 2: Just to make sure we’re in the right location, type “cd %WINDIR%\System32” and press Enter
  • Step 3: To re-register a sequence of needed DLL files that may have become corrupted during the upgrading process, type “for /f percent s in (‘dir /b *.dll’) do regsvr32 /s percent s” and press Enter.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer after closing the elevated Command Prompt. Open the same utility software that was previously causing the error notice at the next startup to determine if the problem has been fixed.

Now after following all the above steps your issue should be resolved. However, if the issue still persists, try the next method given below.

Method 3: Revert To An Older Version Of Windows 10.

Because of some files that are already damaged, merely upgrading Windows may not be enough to repair the issue. Reverting to the prior version of Windows 10 (whatever it was before the April update v1803) and then updating it again is a better option.

To do this, you need to follow the steps given below 

  • Step 1: Click on Start.
  • Step 2: Next, you have to click on Power while keeping the Shift key pressed, and then on Restart.
  • Step 3: Now it will boot your system into the Advanced recovery options mode.
  • Step 4: Here you need to select Troubleshoot and then click on the option Go back to the previous version of Windows.

Check to see if the method was successful in resolving the issue. If it did, go ahead and update Windows once again.

If you want to know more about how to refresh, reset, or restore your PC, visit this link here.

Windows 11 release date set for Oct. 5

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1.) How To Share Files In File Explorer On Windows?

To share a file on Windows 11, go to File Explorer, pick the file, and then click Share in File Explorer on the ribbon. You may also right-click (or press and hold) the file and select Share from the menu. Then, decide how you’d want to deliver the file and follow the steps for that method.

2.) How To Share OneDrive Files And Folders?

You can share any file you have uploaded in Microsoft’s OneDrive using this link, and anyone who gets the link can view or edit the item, depending on the permission you set. Users who have the link are unable to add new products. Remember that the URL may be forwarded and that no sign-in is necessary.

To do this, follow these simple steps

  • Step 1: Select the file or folder you wish to share by clicking on the circle in the item’s upper corner. You may also select multiple items to share them all at the same time.
  • Step 2: Next, at the top of the page, click Share.
  • Step 3: Now to open the link settings, choose people in with the link may modify under Copy Link.
  • Step 4: Select an option for whom you wish to provide access with the link to adjust the link permissions.
  • Step 5: Once you have set all your link settings and permissions, select Apply.
  • Step 6: Under the Copy link, select Copy.
  • Step 7: Paste the link wherever you want to send it. You are done, enjoy.

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