Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file – Error Elimination

December 29th, 2009 by Windows errors Expert Leave a reply »

Windows cannot access the specified device path or file error can appear after the installation of some programs and games or on the attempt to open some executable files. Also if you want to open the programs that you scarcely installed, you can see the following error message:

“Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.”

Windows cannot access the specified device path or file error

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Sometimes this error has nothing in common with permission. You can easily do a simple check: boot your computer in Safe Mode (for XP or Vista) and try to open the problem file or program. If you can open now, so that is not real permission issue, it is a program or process on your computer that causes this Windows cannot access the specified device path or file error.

The reason can be that your antivirus denies access to this file, supposing that it can be infected or because of some other conditions. So you can disable it and then attempt to open. Norton Internet 200X, Bitdefender, AVG anti-virus, Trend Micro 200X have such internals. If you have one of the programs, then change the program or configure it so that you can open the required files and programs for normal interaction with Windows.

The same problem can appear because of too active Firewall, for example Comodo Firewall or something else, but apart the basic Windows Firewall. The principle is the same, switch it off and try to open the file.

Or sometimes it however can be a real Windows cannot access the specified device path or file error or one of the program files can be missed (for example because of viruses), then try to use the following method:

  • 1. Open My Computer, then click Properties of the hard disk (right-click your disk C).
  • 2. Click Security.
  • 3. Give full permission to administrator, then click Apply and OK.

And don’t forget to scan your computer for viruses, using the new update antivirus. Sometimes all the unexplained things can happen exactly because of their presence on your computer.
Absolutely another case is if you have Windows 2003 Server. The executable file can be blocked. You should try this way of solution:

  • 1. Right-click the file that you are not able to open and select Properties.
  • 2. Select General tab here.
  • 3. Press Unblock.
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