Archive for December, 2009

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

December 29th, 2009

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.

Windows cannot find idlist – Widespread problem

December 23rd, 2009

Have you ever met such a problem as Windows cannot find idlist Error? If yes, then you are must be tired of annoying Windows cannot find error messages like that:

“Windows cannot find ‘/idlist,:1076:4772,\\xxxxx\xxx’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, clock the Start button, and then click Search.”

windows cannot find idlist error

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The numbers in the error massage can differ. This error appears on computer startup and some windows (for example My Documents or Internet Explorer) can be opened after the error itself. This message is about the possible loss of the file. This error can be solved with the help of specialized patch. It is not recommended to delete or make some changes for items of System Registry of your computer. Sometimes the error message is associated with explorer.exe, because the window Explorer is opening while the message error appears.

The trouble is also connected with the IP address of your computer. And if you log on another IP, you will not see such a mistake. At times the only way to eliminate this problem is to do restoration of the system. But sometimes it doesn’t work and the annoying error can return back.

The text of the error tells that you should check your Username, that’s why you may do it. If everything is correct, then try another variant. For example download Windows cannot find fix Wizard and it can help you. But it is not the only solution of this problem. Every case of this error is unique and you can never know for sure what algorithm will work for your particular case. There are some variants of probable reasons and according to them you choose the solution.

Sometimes the reason can be the breakage of Intel wireless chipset driver. Then you may download its new version and reinstall it. Very often such a problem can be the consequence of invalid or missing files or mis-configured registry. In that case there is a universal method for all disappeared files: download the Windows Cannot Find Fix Wizard. There is one more solution, created by Security Stronghold. You can also try to download and install Registry Cleaner for free, then scan your system with it and click “Repair all”. This way can eliminate this error and to preclude the other possible problems with the System Registry. But the most universal and easy method how to fix the problem is to scan your computer for viruses and malware and to restore you Windows System with the help of Microsoft Windows setup disk.