compile error - The system cannot find the path specified.

loading hardware from C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware: following possible symlink C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware: CreateFile C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\esp8266com: The system cannot find the path specified.

Error compiling for board Arduino Uno.

I am trying to compile for the UNO and I get the above error message. Any help would be appreciated.

It looks like you have made some modification to your Arduino IDE installation. Please use the Windows "Programs and Features" to uninstall the Arduino IDE and then download a fresh copy of the Arduino IDE from https://www.arduino.cc/en/software and reinstall.

Please don't make any modifications to the Arduino IDE installation. You can install support for the ESP8266 in the normal way via Boards Manager by following these instructions:

After that, if you're still having a problem, let us know and we'll investigate further.