Fix – “debug.log” file is created automatically in Windows 10

    Google recently rolled out Chrome v86 in a stable branch with new features and bug fixes, so do the chromium-based browser like Edge and Brave.

    After installing this version of Chrome lots of users reporting on Microsoft Answers 1 and 2 accompanied by Chromium bug repository that “debug.log” (error log) file is created automatically in the user’s desktop and other folders in Windows 10.

    chrome debug log file

    Users have no idea what causing the issue and what this file is about. To help them out, we decided to cover this post in which you will learn everything you need to know about Debug.log file.

    What is Debug.log file?

    The debug.log file is a log file used by Chromium-based browser to create logs of error that encountered.

    With the latest version of the browser, the unknown bug is automatically creating a debug.log file with the following message:

    [1016/] FindFirstFile: The system cannot find the path specified. (0x3)

    As of writing this blog post, there’s no official statement from Google about what causing the issue, is it a bug or they have introduced it intentionally.

    Fix – “debug.log” file is created automatically in Windows 10

    If you made up to this blog post, then you definitely want to delete the “debug.log” file, right? Fortunately, it is possible to delete it from the Crashpad folder, then here’s how you can do that:

    First of all, you need to close Edge, Chrome and any other Chromium based browser with issue.

    Next, you need to head over to Crashpad folder, Crashpad folder in Chrome, Edge, and Brave browser is found at following locations:

    Chrome: C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Crashpad
    Edge:      C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Edge\User Data\Crashpad
    Brave:    C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\User Data\Crashpad

    Here, you need to delete everything available in the Crashpad folder.

    After that, start Chrome, Edge, or other browser and it will automatically create the content for the Crashpad folder.

    Restart Windows.

    Doing this will reset Crashpad and debug.log file will no longer created automatically.

    Are you affected? Does solution discussed above fixed the issue? Let us know in the comments.

    Viney Dhiman
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