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windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have the appropriate permission to access the item

Question: windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have the appropriate permission to access the item

Recent changes:
We recently removed 5 out of 6 total 2008R2 DCs from our environment and promoted 5 x 2016 servers as DCs. We are still running the domain functional level @ 2008R2 however.
Single forest 2 domain environment
Shortly have recent changes (stated above) the issue started with 5 users in parent domain. After existing user logs in applications like windows explorer, internet explore, will error with "windows cannot access the specified
device, path or file. you may not have the appropriate permission to access the item". Also, other applications will not run as they are attempting to resister OCX file and DLLs. cannot access computer management even after granting affected
user local admin rights. This issue has now transcended to child domain and is affecting at the moment only 1 existing user.
Unaffected users are able to login to same test computer and run applications without issue.
Clearly a domain permission problem with the user account, but not sure how to proceed.
For testing I gave affected users domain admin rights and the issue goes away. Remove domain admin rights and the issue returns for the user.
Any ideas?

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Whenever I try to open a PDF file, I get the message that there is a problem with my Adobe Acrobat Reader. After clicking OK, I keep getting this message:

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

which is under the heading of:

C:\Documents and Settings\Alfio\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\5JII7HDM?

The letters & numbers at the end (after "Content.IE5\" are not always the same.

I've installed and uninstalled the newest version of Acrobat, but still get the same result.

Someone suggested using a different program instead of Adobe's, which I will probably do, but I'm more concerned with the idea that the problem is related to my registry.

I also cannot download the Adobe Flash Player, so maybe it is just an issue with Adobe programs on my computer, but this only started happening after I had to get rid of some viruses on my computer. Everything else seems to be fine, with no more virus problems, but I don't know how to go about dealing with this permission issue.

Thank you.

Alfio

Answer:Windows Cannot Access The Specific Device, Path, Or File. You May Not Have The Appropriate Permissions To Access The Item.

Hi there phegmmaster! Welcome to BC! Try this, go to Kelly's Corner ( http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm ) and download #12 on the left side ("EXE (lnk and regfile) Fix for Windows XP"). It's a .reg file. Save it to your desktop then double click on it to merge it into your registry. Then reboot.Let us know the outcome!

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Hello,

I have a Acer M1610 running windows vista 32 Bit and I downloaded the trial version of AVG Internet Security 2013. I have bought a license number and when I tried to enter it on the administrator account I received the following message.

C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2013\avgcfgex.exe
Windows cannot access the specified device,path,or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
Access is denied.

Can anyone please help me fix this so I can enter the new license code.Any answers would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

Answer:AVG 2013-Windows cannot access the specified device,path,or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

I'd try downloading/installing it again...your package may be damaged.

Louis

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When trying to access my adobe files after an update it says to me, "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item I am having the same problem". I have spend 2 hrs with
adobe and it is a windows permission error not and adobe error. I can install Adobe pro but I am not paying $300.00 for software that I had before and windows 10 update.

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I turned on my computer the other day and "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." on anything I try to open. I cannot open any Windows Explorer window or file. I am able to open something if I right click, click run as and login with my user. If I try to go to Control Panel, explorer.exe closes and re-opens for no apparent reason.

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I have worked on this desktop for a while now. When i boot up, it makes it to the wallpaper and no desktop. I have to run explorer.exe manually to make the desktop icons and start menu appear. I have attached rootrepeal logs and hijack this report. I can only open certain programs and I have 2 expensive programs on this computer and would like to save my pc if possible. Any help would be appreciated. If any more info is required just let me know.

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissonsto access the item.

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hi,Ok, for the past few days my system has been giving me grief. I made the mistake of clicking on a file uploaded to RapidShare and after downloading it, the file disappeared in the blink of an eye (I kid you not). So I downloaded it again and clicked on the file through the download manager and it disappeared again. Weird. I also noticed when the computer is just idle (when I'm not using it) the IE browser would pop up on it's own with two windows of ads. Now, IE is on my system but I don't use it - I am a faithful Firefox user at the moment. Anyway, I strongly believe that RapidShare file is the problem. But it could be something else I guess. Come to think about it, it might be something else because I also clicked on a four JPG images from an email a client of mine sent me (I think by mistake though) and the image wouldn't open either for some strange reason. I've never had a problem opening up JPG files before.I have also downloaded and installed Spybot, Spywareblaster, and TrendMicro software. SpywareBlaster is actually working. But the other two I get the message when attempting to open them: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item. Search & destroy\spybotsd. What they heck does that mean? Furthermore, I turned on my Windows Firewall some minutes ago. I use Windows XP SVPack 3.Moreover, I have done everything outlined on the "Preparation Guide for use before posting about your poten... Read more

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item. Sea...

Your topic has been moved to the Am I Infected forum so we can assist you in producing a log for the HiJack This forum. ~ OB

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Hi,

I get the error message when I try to run IE.

I tried to gather the info but the malware is blocking me from saving the log file.

Please see the Win32kDiag.txt file I created.

I am running Vista Home
Thanks for you help
Rob

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

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.Please download OTL from following mirror:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.Push the button.Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:OTL.txt <-- Will be openedExtra.txt <-- Will be minimizedIn the upper right hand corner ... Read more

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Windows vista enterprise edition on start up shows an error rundll32.exe,
error message saying "windows cannot access the specified device,path,or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item

Answer:Rundll32.exe error on startup error message saying "windows cannot access the specified device,path,or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item

Hi,
Please click start, type msconfig and press Enter.
Under the startup tab, find the item reads like RUNDLL32.EXE, c:\windows\system32\xxx.dll and uncheck it.
Save the change and restart.
Or you can modify the registry by loading registry editor.
Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
Deleted the RUNDLL32.EXE, c:\windows\system32\xxx.dll
Regards,Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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I run win xp home
I have desktop items that read this (cannot access device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to acces this item) I am the admid on my comp.
These items are Kasaa desktop media, True space5, and a risk 2 program i downloaded from kasaa.
I've tried to uninstall and reinstall them. I have also tried to access them from my programs list, but no luck.
 

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HiThis is with regards to the closed topic http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...ml#entry1535293.Very sorry for not replying earlier. Its just getting worse. I cannot access the internet at all. I have borrowed a friend's laptop for the duration.To run RSIT I have copied the program onto my flash drive and run from there...I cannot move the program to the desktop. But it hangs. It says Running HijackThis and the progress bar is stuck at the same level for the past hour! Is this normal? Please could you help?Many thanks!

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them

Hello I_hate_trojans!,This infection is preventing almost every tool to be run. Please try to follow the steps below carefully and in the order given! If you encounter problems, just let me know, thats what I am here for First of all, download the following files and put them on a flash drive:Win32kdiagCombofixJunction.zipWith malware infections being as they are today, it's strongly recommended to have the Windows Recovery Console pre-installed on your machine before doing any malware removal.The Windows Recovery Console will allow you to boot up into a special recovery (repair) mode. This allows us to more easily help you should your computer have a problem after an attempted removal of malware. It is a simple procedure that will only take a few moments of your time.Go to Microsoft's website => http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994Scroll down to Step 1, and select the download that's appropriate for your Operating System. Download the file & save it as it's originally named. Note: If you have SP3, use the SP2 package.---------------------------------------------------------------------You should now have a flash drive with win32kdiag.exe, junction.zip, combofix.exe and the MS Recovery Console installer package--------------------------------------------------------------------Now plug the flash drive in your infected computer and proceed with the steps below.COMBOFIX---------------Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications, usually via a right clic... Read more

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Hello experts! I get the following message when I click on my internet explorer:

windows cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them.

I am the adminstrator on my machine, which runs on XP. I have tried the following:

1. installing IE8 - did not work.
2. uninstalling my AV software (McAfee) - made no difference, now I can't re-install it.

I am fairly certain there is a virus(trojan) lurking about, especially because I am re-directed to websites other than the ones I click on; my System Information is empty; and random sites pop-up when I am on the internet.

Right now, I have accessed the internet by using iexplore.exe on my flash drive.

Thanks!

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them.

It sounds like you have a rootkit infectionPlease download Win32kDiag.exe by AD and save it to your desktop.alternate download 1alternate download 2This tool will create a diagnostic report for me to review.Double-click on Win32kDiag.exe to run and let it finish. When it states Finished! Press any key to exit..., press any key on your keyboard to close the program. A file called Win32kDiag.txt should be created on your Desktop.Open that file in Notepad and copy/paste the entire contents (from Starting up... to Finished! Press any key to exit...) in your next reply.

--------------------------------------Go to > Run..., then copy and paste this command into the open box: cmdClick OK.At the command prompt C:\>, copy and paste the following command and press Enter:DIR /a/s %windir%\scecli.dll %windir%\netlogon.dll %windir%\eventlog.dll >Log.txt & START notepad Log.txtA file called log.txt should be created on your Desktop.Open that file and copy/paste the contents in your next reply.

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Hi Experts

I cannot access the internet using the menu. The above message appears when I try. I am able to get online by putting iexplore.exe on my desktop.

I have tried to follow the instructions on the preparation guide. Unfortunately, no logs appear with either the DDS or RootRepeal. I cannot deleted the RootRepeal file: "Access is Denied"

The only information I have is from the following 2 log files:

Running from: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Win32kDiag.exe

Log file at : C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\Win32kDiag.txt

WARNING: Could not get backup privileges!

Searching 'C:\WINDOWS'...

Found mount point : C:\WINDOWS\addins\addins

Mount point destination : \Device\__max++>\^

Found mount point : C:\WINDOWS\assembly\temp\temp

Mount point destination : \Device\__max++>\^

Found mount point : C:\WINDOWS\assembly\tmp\tmp

Mount point destination : \Device\__max++>\^

Found mount point : C:\WINDOWS\Config\Config

Mount point destination : \Device\__max++>\^

Found mount point : C:\WINDOWS\Connection Wizard\Connection Wizard

Mount point destination : \Device\__max++>\^

Found mount point : C:\WINDOWS\ime\chsime\applets\applets

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Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access them.

Hello, I_hate_trojans!.My name is aommaster and I will be helping you with your log.I apologize for the delay in response we get overwhelmed at times but we are trying our best to keep up.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, I would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following below so I can have a look at the current condition of your machine.ThanksPlease note that I am in the process of my training so it may take a while for me to get back to you, as each of my fixes need to be checked by a coach first.I see that you're having trouble running executables. Let's try RSIT:We need to run RSITDownload random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)In your next reply, please include the following:Log.txtinfo.txt

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Greets All,
 
I'm working on A Windows 7 home premium 32Bit desktop....
 
In trying to run anything execuatable, however not limited to EXE files, windows states "windows cannot access the specified device path or file...." (WCA)
 
Performed a complete backup of the drive, and scanned the drive externally, and found no malware, viruses, root kits, etc..
 
Using the computer in safe mode:
 
I've gotten the FixNCR in order to fix the Windows Can't Run EXE files issue, no functional change, however instead always getting the
WCA message, sometimes "nothing happens" or the request file attempts to run,but does not run as expected.
 
I've used RKILL and TDSKILL to attempt to stop anything malicious in memory and continue to use other tools, however that does not change anything in general.
 
I've made a few passes of the above, same conditoin in normal mode,in going back to sage mode,
I was able to fet FRST to run and make logs, so I will be able to provide information from there if needed.
 
Tried to run ADW Cleaner, does not run
 
Tried to run the All In One Repair Tool, does not run.
 
Unable to use msconfig, regedit, command prompt.
 
Currently running ComboFix, hoping that will improve the situation to allow me to work with the system further.
 
I've never come across the problem without getting something else to budge and let me work on it further.
 
Wanted to get this post going to see if anyone has been in th... Read more

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device path or file....

Ok, no change after ComboFix
 
Was able to run Windows AIO Repair, also there is a new version available, which was
downloaded and installed, and it did run, no change.
 
I've used a couple/few malware/anti-virus scanners, nothing found.
 
Checked System Restore, no restore points available.
 
Looking for more options

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When attempint to install Symantec Coporate Edition ver 10 from a server I have gotten the following message -- windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. The computers this happens to are running Windows XP Home Edition. However, other computers running the same operating system have no problems. I am logged in as Administrator for what it's worth.
Thanks...
 

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

Have you mapped the drive to the server?
 

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RE: windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

Please help anyone,

I have downloaded software from imesh, and in the past it has been fine. But now when I download software, I use winzip to unzip the files and when I try and install I get this error message everytime "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Please can someone help.....

best regards
 

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

Isn't this the same subject type and the thread =
cannot install downloaded programs
 

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Hi there,my name is Marius and I will assist you with your malware related problems.Before we move on, please read the following points carefully. First, read my instructions completely. If there is anything that you do not understand kindly ask before proceeding. Perform everything in the correct order. Sometimes one step requires the previous one. If you have any problems while following my instructions, Stop there and tell me the exact nature of your problem. Do not run any other scans without instruction or add/remove software unless I tell you to do so. This would change the output of our tools and could be confusing for me. Post all logfiles as a reply rather than as an attachment unless I specifically ask you. If you can not post all logfiles in one reply, feel free to use more posts. If I don't hear from you within 3 days from this initial or any subsequent post, then this thread will be closed. Stay with me. I will give you some advice about prevention after the cleanup process. Absence of symptoms does not always mean the computer is clean. My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.   Scan with Malwarebytes Anti-RootkitPlease download Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit from here Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and save it to your desktop.Be sure to print out and follow the instructions provided on that same page.Caution: This is a beta version so please be sur... Read more

Answer:windows cannot access specified device path or file

Due to the lack of feedback, this topic is now closed.

In the event you still have problems, please send me or any Moderator a Private Message and ask them to reopen this topic within the next 5 days.

Please include a link to your topic in the Private Message. Thank you.

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RE: windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

Please help anyone,

I have downloaded software from imesh, and in the past it has been fine. But now when I download software, I use winzip to unzip the files and when I try and install I get this error message everytime "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Please can someone help.....

best regards
 

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

I'm afraid we do not offer support for file sharing utilities -- of which Imesh is one.

If it is a "winzip" problem we can address it if it is an Imesh problem, we cannot.

You have also opened multiple threads for this or similar issues which is against our rules.

This one will be closed.
 

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i downloaded rkill and tdss killer but when i try running the programs i get this message "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

also search engines such as yahoo! and google keep redirecting me to other sites.

also i am not able to access system repair in the boot menu, the screen just goes blank and says "other user" when i try to log in.

damn, i know too much but i want to get these issues resolved...

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path or file

With the information you have provided I believe you will need help from the malware removal team. Please make sure that you read the information about getting started first.Then start a new thread HERE and include or required logs.Including a link to this thread will be helpful. Good luck and be patient. Help is on the way!

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So, i decided to install Medieval 2 Total War yesterday after months of not playing it, it installed fine and everything but when i went to click on the shortcut on the desktop it came up with the following message:




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



So, i'm on the admin account and i've tried re installing but its the same message.
I tried to install CoD4 just now but when i put the disk in and clicked install nothing happened, just like when i try and launch medieval 2 from the disk (i only get the message when i use the shortcut)

I also get the same message when i try and install the software for my webcam, i go to my computer and click the disk drive but the same message comes up!

I can launch games i've already installed, just not games i actually want to play! Maybe something i've done is blocking it?

Thanks any help would be great!

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

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PLEASE HELP!!
When I try and open anything as an Administrator, or change my permissions, or open my device manager or even download anything...I get the same error message. Windows cannot acces the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
I dont have a clue what is wrong so please HELP ME! I am the Administrator and the only user on my laptop. I have norton internet security.
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

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Windows XP Home Edition SP3

cannot operate any .exe file, which is a problem because i have uninstalled antivirus, firewall and spybot software while chasing various fixes from different websites - should have just come here in the first place!

have tried creating a different account, restarting in safe mode (the executable file on the desktop didnt appear then) and everything but burning a virgin in sacrifice - driving me crazy now at 1:37 in the morning

you guys have helped me before so I'm hoping you can again

craig

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file ...

have also tried system restore (didnt go back far enough apparently) and last known configuration that worked (did not fix the problem); on an interesting note, i did just try to run an .exe file in safe mode and it worked - unfortunately, it wasnt the AVG application because it required an active internet connection to work, so i'm still without a virus protection program as of 1:56 lol

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I've been having trouble with trying to open certain files on my computer, but 2 weeks ago, there were no problems for the same files (but I now have some new ones that I'm having trouble with too.

I'm running Windows XP Professional (version 2002) SP-3 with Norton 360 and I use Google Chrome.

My specific problem is that I can't launch "Microsoft Games For Windows" client so that I can download/install "Age Of Empires Online". Also, I can not open up "Controls IDT Audio Setting" from the taskbar, but I can from the control panel?? I get the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." for both files, and some other various ones that seem to have no correlation to each other.

I have looked online and have found no solutions that work, can anyone help?
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

If you haven't solved it yet, as a test, try right clicking on the program and choose "Run as...". Then select Administrator, and see if it runs.
 

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i am trying to install tabula rasa on my comp and keep getting that error i didnt download the game i bought the discs and and i get that error when i try to run the setup.exe can anyone help me out?
 

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.

Are these factory discs? If so, they should autoload shortly after putting them in the CD/DVD drive. Are the discs new or did you buy the game used? It could be the discs are scratched or dirty.
 

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Hi, i have had this problem for the last two weeks and cant find out how to get rid of it. Windows pops up with this message whenever i try to open MBAM, adaware, advanced systemcare, hijackthis, etc....anything that invovles antispyware/antivirus. I have seen many ways to get rid of this, but they all seem system-specific. I am running on windows XP Home. Yes, i am administrator, and i believe the problem is spyware. Help appreciated!

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. HELP!

Please do the following:


Please download DDS from either of these links

LINK 1
LINK 2

and save it to your desktop.Disable any script blocking protection
Double click dds.pif to run the tool.
When done, two DDS.txt's will open.
Save both reports to your desktop.
---------------------------------------------------
Please include the contents of the following in your next reply:

DDS.txt
Attach.txt.


NEXT

Note: you may need to rename GMER to REMG,com and run it in safe mode.


Download GMER Rootkit Scanner from here or here. Extract the contents of the zipped file to desktop.
Double click GMER.exe. If asked to allow gmer.sys driver to load, please consent .
If it gives you a warning about rootkit activity and asks if you want to run scan...click on NO.


Click the image to enlarge it
In the right panel, you will see several boxes that have been checked. Uncheck the following ... Sections
IAT/EAT
Drives/Partition other than Systemdrive (typically C:\)
Show All (don't miss this one)

Then click the Scan button & wait for it to finish.
Once done click on the [Save..] button, and in the File name area, type in "Gmer.txt" or it will save as a .log file which cannot be uploaded to your post.
Save it where you can easily find it, such as your desktop, and post it in your next reply.

**Caution**
Rootkit scans often produce false positives. Do NOT take any action on any "<--- ROOKIT" entries

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Whenever I try to open an .exe file, this error shows up:
Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access them.
I am the only user on this computer so i am sure that i am the administrator.
What should I do to be able to get rid of this error message and run the file.
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

Check this: Start, Control Panel, User Accounts, Change an Account, (your account); are you an Administrator or Limited?


edit: I should mention that IF you are Limited and want to do something you can change your account to Admin priviledges but not all things will necessarily be given unto you. There is AN Administrator Account and administratot sccounts.

In any event, IF you change yours to do something you should change it BACK to Limited afterwards to prevent hijacks.

Unless you have a bulletproof Firewall and AV.



 

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This notice has been appearing often the past few days. I am the administrator and have checked this out. I have run all the well-known solutions for anti-malware, -virus, and -rootkit programs but to no avail. I am unable to play DVDs, install new programs and open some existing ones. Other than re-uninstalling XP, I'm at a loss as to what to do. Can anyone please help?
 
 
Cannot install your DDS Tool, so here's my Hijack:
 
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 17:08:34, on 23-Mar-14
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal
 
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 6\ASCService.exe
C:\Program Files\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 7\ASCService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Online Armor\OAcat.exe
D:\Program Files\Online Armor\oasrv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\logishrd\LVMVFM\UMVPFSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\sched.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SASCORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir Desktop\avguard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
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Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have......

Solved this problem by re-installing Online Armor. Duh. :-)

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Okay, this happens for most .exe's and .bat's that I run but not all of them. 2 days ago I was able to run cmd and .bat or any other program easily. I ran a .bat to run my server, and I automatically get this: "Error: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item" But, I am the administrator, my firewall and windows defender is turned off, I currently have no AV, and my permissions are set to where I have full control. There is no "Unblock" button in the general tab of the file properties. I tried installing MalwareBytes a few weeks ago and it gave me an error. I do not remember the error but it said access was denied, and it uninstalled it. I tried again today to install it and I got the same error. What is happening? I scanned my system with 3 different anti-viruses, and they said there was nothing, so I uninstalled all of them. Is this a virus that is causing the problem? It's really bothering me and I need help ASAP. I have TeamViewer and if anyone could help me I would really appreciate it, and I may even pay a small amount of money for their support. Thank you!

Answer:"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file."

FWIW: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2669244 .Louis

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I get the error stating that windwos cannot access the specifed device path or file at random intervals for many different programs such as chrome, task manager, explorer.exe, steam etc etc. They stop working for a period of time and either a restart or letting it sit it then allows me to open the file with no rhyme or reason. Also it will be very slow loading programs and occassionally drops the internet. I have ran malwarebytes anti malware, anti rootkit, and have anti exploit running. I have comodo and microsoft security essentials also installed. None of these programs have found anything. I have ran several different programs i have found on this site and will post logs. Any help is very appriciated.
 
HijackThis Log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:24:23 AM, on 2/18/2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.16518)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Motorola Mobility\Motorola Device Manager\MotoHelperAgent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\puush\puush.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\ATI Technologies\HydraVision\HydraDM.exe
C:\Users\JulioIII\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\T-Mobile\T-Mobile @Work\t-mobile-atwork.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Evernote\Evernote\EvernoteClipper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui-1.0.3.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Renesas Electronics\USB 3.0 Host Controller Driver\Application\nusb3mon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Co... Read more

Answer:Windows Cannot Access The Specified Device path or file..... [Win 7 64 Bit]

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode onto your Desktop.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Click the Report button and the report will open in Notepad.IMPORTANTIf you click the Clean button all items listed in the report will be removed.If you find some false positive items or programs that you wish to keep, Close the AdwCleaner windows.Close all open programs and internet browsers.Double click on AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool.Click the Scan button and wait for the process to complete.Check off the element(s) you wish to keep.Click on the Clean button follow the prompts.A log file will automatically open after the scan has finished.Please post the content of that log file with your next answer.You can find the log file at C:\AdwCleaner[Sn].txt (n is a number). Please downloadJunkware Removal Tool to your Desktop.Please close your security software to avoid potential conflicts.Run the tool by double-clicking it. If you are using Windows Vista or 7, right-mouse click it and select Run as administrator.The tool will open and start scanning your system.Please be patient as this can take a while to complete, depending on your system's specifica... Read more

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hello All.

This is my first post here.

I am having the same issue however mine is on ANY file! .exe,jpg,.reg etc!

The only thing i changed in the system was i installed an LG DVD-RW drive with Nero yesterday.

Any ideas?

I can not access msconfig, system restore etc!

Luke
 

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Hello.

Just installed Win10.

I'm having trouble both opening and renaming/changing some files. I had no trouble before on win8.
I am administrator with elevated previliges. I changed UAC level to the lowest.

I keep getting this error:
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"

any ideas?
thanks

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Problem: "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have appropriate permissions to access the item." when I open almost any .exe file on my computer.

Hey, I really need some help - I've already read a thread with the same title, but the solution to that person's problem was a virus, mine is not a virus.

exceptions:
- for some reason, shortcuts in my start menu don't work, neither do those on my desktop, but I have a few shortcuts in my taskbar and they all work, and run under my username.
- applications run through task manager work
- applications run through command prompt work

steps I have already been through (and have failed) :
- countless google searches
- anti-virus scans with NOD32 and Panda
- anti-spyware scans with ad-aware and ms defender
- removed all programs that I don't NEED on the computer
- system restore
- CHKDSK
- registry repair software
- multiple "fix" registry files (none of the entries differed from my existing)
- this problem also appears in safe mode.
- I have tried replacing what I thought was the culprit (rundll32.exe) from a backup - it was not that.
- tried fixing user permissions - I am the only administrator of this computer, and it was all working fine until recently, it came out of the blue.

Please, Help me! :'(

new discovery:
when I place a shortcut to any file that won't open in my start menu, it lets the program run!
this is a work ... Read more

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path or file...

These are "Easy Answers" -keep that in mind.
1) have you tried to System Restore to a date before the problems were happening?
2) Have you tried to "Repair" Windows?
3) Have you tried to Re-install Windows? (this one is a cop-out, I know, but it IS effective).





Revelation13 said:





Problem: "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have appropriate permissions to access the item." when I open almost any .exe file on my computer.

Hey, I really need some help - I've already read a thread with the same title, but the solution to that person's problem was a virus, mine is not a virus.

exceptions:
- for some reason, shortcuts in my start menu don't work, neither do those on my desktop, but I have a few shortcuts in my taskbar and they all work, and run under my username.
- applications run through task manager work
- applications run through command prompt work
(edit: killed my PC deets)

steps I have already been through (and have failed) :
- countless google searches
- anti-virus scans with NOD32 and Panda
- anti-spyware scans with ad-aware and ms defender
- removed all programs that I don't NEED on the computer
- system restore
- CHKDSK
- registry repair software
- multiple "fix" registry files (none of the entries differed from my existing)
- this problem also appears in safe mode.
- I have tried replacing what I thought w... Read more

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First: Basically, I ran a program, and now all my .exe's give me the error of "cannot access the specified device...etc". ctrl + alt + del gives me a "Login process has failed to create security dialog." text files have invalid parameters. ctrl + shift + esc wont give me the task manager. normal run commands like "cmd" can't be found. I'm pretty sure this has something to do with kernel, and my drivers or whatever makes windows executing a task screw up.

In Depth: I'm a gamer. If you're not familiar with Cheat Engine, or basically any program that can edit values and hex, then perhaps stick to my first explanation. The game i was using Cheat Engine on was secured, therefore i needed an undetected cheat engine, called Kiki Engine 1.41. It said it's meant for vista 64 only, and i think i may have 32 but i can't check because properties doesn't work either. well when i ran it, it opened, but afterwords everything else i tried to open gave me the errors above. it told me something about my kernel, but i wasn't paying attention. and now i'm afraid to shut off my computer because these paths are messed up. if there is a fix thats a program, i can't download it because that doesn't work either, so i'm kind of stuck on what to do here :)

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file + more

also, i am able to view the properties of my C drive, and it says its completely blank.

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Hello,
I have an encrypted USB by 'Safend data protection agent'. I have been using this software for some time however yesterday windows gave me the error 'windows cannot access the specified device path or file. you may not have appropriate permissions to access the item'. I tried a system restore as i installed a windows update, but no luck with accessing the drive.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Thank you.

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device path or file.

Either your protection agent has gone crazy or there's some autorun app on the USB drive. Format it if you don't care for the contents much.

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Ok, so I'm having this weird problem with Vista ( I searched through the forums and didn't seem to find anything that matches my problem )

So, I write a lot of CD reviews and I was trying to listen to a CD through my DVD rom. I tried playing the CD by clicking my CD rom icon but I got this weird message :

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

If I right click and hit explore , it works fine and I can see all the tracks. If I pop in COD4 it autoloads just fine. If I try to burn the CD using CDex, it works just fine. It just seems that clicking on the CD-rom icon won't work. UAC is off and I'm pretty annoyed. I can't remember if this is something new or not since I don't remember the last time I listened to a CD on my computer this way.

Suggestions? thanks in advanced
 

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Yeah..thats what happened when I tried to open my friend's memory card for her digital camera. I have no idea how to get it to open. Necesito ayuda, por favor.

I did that thing where you go to properties> general tab> look for security tab and click 'take ownership' ..
there is NO security tab so that..is kinda out of the question.
 

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Help me.. I'm using Windows XP SP2.
Last June 10, 2009 I installed Internet Explorer 8 on my PC then I removed Safari. Then when I try to open exe. or msc. files, an error will appear "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
Then I tried solutions from the forums I red:
1. Choose the folder you want to open, right click, then choose the General tab. In the Attributes, click Unblock
(but there's no "Unblock" in my pc, so its not helpful)
2. You should be logged in as Administrator
(but I'm logged in as Administrator, so its useless too.)
3. Scan your PC
(but my anti-virus is an exe. file, so I can't open it and can't scan my pc)

How will I fix it?
Please help me!!

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This started suddenly. I had just worked on a windows movie maker file for a friends daughter for a school project and was using nero to convert it to a dvd file. After the first attempt was unsuccessful, my computer was crashing and I rebooted. When I did, I could no longer open my Nero, I got the following error:
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item."

I soon found out, I also got this when I tried to use winzip, or vlc media player.

Who knows what else is effected. I have been searching for fixes, and found several threads here.

I have already tried a system restore to earlier in the day before it occured, as well as tried merging exefix.reg from another post reccomendation, and following instructions from http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421 still no luck.

Everything works fine in safe mode and I AM the administrator of my system.

I have a paid version of AVG. Ran virus checks, malware and spyware checks, nothing suspicious shows up.

I'm out of ideas! Can anyone help?

Thanks
Renee
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.- tried everything!

just found out, it has also effected my email (incredimail wont open) and winrar.
Im trying to go into safe mode to use microsoftfixit, because I get the same error when trying to use that in live mode, so I downloaded it for use in safe mode. Wish me luck!
 

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Ever since upgrading to Windows 8 I get the "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file" message when trying to open a file. Most of the time if I try again it opens right up. However once in a while I will have to try it 3 times before it will open. I've tried a lot of files so I can believe it is file related. I've even got the message when clicking trying to open a program on the Windows 8 start screen. I disabled my virus software (AVG) but I still get the same message. When I was on Windows 7 I would get the message every once in a while but it was so seldom that I didn't pay any attention to it. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

I'd be concerned that the hard drive is having problems. Run Disk Check, even if you have run it recently.
 

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Okay, this happens for most .exe's and .bat's that I run but not all of them. 2 days ago I was able to run cmd and .bat or any other program easily. I ran a .bat to run my server, and I automatically get this: "Error: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item" But, I am the administrator, my firewall and windows defender is turned off, I currently have no AV, and my permissions are set to where I have full control. There is no "Unblock" button in the general tab of the file properties. I tried installing MalwareBytes a few weeks ago and it gave me an error. I do not remember the error but it said access was denied, and it uninstalled it. I tried again today to install it and I got the same error. What is happening? I scanned my system with 3 different anti-viruses, and they said there was nothing, so I uninstalled all of them. Is this a virus that is causing the problem? It's really bothering me and I need help ASAP. I have TeamViewer and if anyone could help me I would really appreciate it, and I may even pay a small amount of money for their support. Thank you!

Answer:"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file."

Please follow this Preparation Guide, do steps 6,7 and 8 and post in a new topic.Let me know if all went well.

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Hi Everyone 'on' The Windows Club,
The message Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
appeared when I was trying to install the Iconoid program for Vista onto our Vista installed laptop.
Soon after the message appeared I searched online for a FREE solution.
Then I found the "File Association Fixer" program on The Windows Club website.
I then tried the program after downloading and installing it, but it did not 'fix it'!
So, I am asking for a solution - PLEASE provide a SIMPLE to understand instruction.
Thank you for your patience in this matter and I look forward to receiving your reply
soon.
From
Mahjonng

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

Does this help? >>> Fix: Error Message Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.

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When I request a download, it appears on my XP Download screen. I download an exe file. I then double click, getting the usual Open Executable File? box.
When I press OK, I get a box headed -
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\Downloads\filename.exe
The box contains the message -
Windows cannot access the specified drive, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
If I press OK again, I get a box titled Launch Application
This contains the text -
This link needs to be opened with an application. Choose an application.

Any idea what's happening here? Thanks in anticipation. Dropbear1
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.......

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I get this message whenever I try to run the file "MySQLInstanceConfig.exe" in MySQL Server 5.1

I have Administrator rights. I have tried running it in safe mode. Reinstalling the program. Scanning the file, folder for viruses. Taking ownership of the file and folder. Nothing has worked.

I install MySQL Server 5.1 through the MediaPortal installation program and get the message "MYSQL - start service exception - Failed to install application [MySQL 5.1]"

I have also tried installing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express from the MediaPortal installation program, but that fails to install as well.

I don't know what to try next. Can anyone help?
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

Greetings, sail323...

Don't know what OS you're using, but some of my IT guys have had to unblock MySQL.exes in Windows 2003 - check the file properties, see if there's a security block on the .exe...

You might also want to start a thread on this subject in the Programming forum - there may be some SQL people over there...
 

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Hello
I have just installed a fresh copy of windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. After configuration is done, i am not able to access any folder or any programs not even control panel at all, its giving me the message "Windows cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have appropriate permissions".
Please help me out.

Thank you

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device path or file

Hi,

Please provide some details about your system, installation drive, and the source of your Windows 7 installation DVD.

Regards,
Golden

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...Have the prope permision to access them.
So I have tried accessing a majority of files and thi is the messgae i have come up with.
When i go to control panel to remove Norton it also comes up with this message.

I have right clicked to Run as administrator and it comes up with this message...

I have put the command control userpassword2 into Run ad it says this messgae.

I have put systempropertiesprotection into the search bar comes up with the message.

I have checked in properties that i am an administrator and i have full control and still i am unable to access files.

I downloaded Avast anti virus and then a box with WARNING insufficient priveleges comes up...Says to enter username and password which I Have and then it comes up with The directory name is invalid but everything is Correct....

Please can someone Help!!!

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windows cannot access the specified device,path,or file.You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.... pls help me what can i do i cant open my my drive C en D help me pls i dunno what we will i do on my pc..thanks
 

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path or file...

And your operating system, brand and model of pc? Is D drive, internal on a second hd or another partition or is it external? How many users can login to your computer? Have you tried another account?
 

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I am currently running Windows XP SP3 and have a problem opening any of my antivirus software such as malwarebytes and windows defender. Every time i try to open one of these programs and a few other i get the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"

I tried to uninstall windows defender and install it again but then i received this error in the middle of the installation "The installer has insufficient privileges to modify this file: C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe."

Does anyone have any ideas of what i should do to fix this?

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.?

You should ask a site admin to move your topic here.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum103.html

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Hi, my computer is acting weird. When I run .exe files, it shows "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." When I click on any link in Google it will return an invalid url. In the processes tab in windows task manager, I see a process named 174926236:1675006709.exe. Kaspersky shows that file is infected by backdoor.zaccess.ob.

I cannot run gmer.exe because of the virus. Please advice. Thanks.
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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_22
Run by Jimmy at 6:11:41 on 2011-09-11
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.950.886.1033.18.2047.1279 [GMT 8:00]
.
AV: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}
FW: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *Disabled*
.
============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\174926236:1675006709.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exe
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Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

mc51,The information provided does show the characteristics of the ZeroAccess Rootkit.First, let's take care of this file:C:\WINDOWS\1407388332:1408572588.exeIt throws a wrench in the works, and programs will not run successfully...Please download DummyCreator.zipUnzip the folder:?Right-click and select: Extract all??Follow the prompts to extractOpen the new folder that appears on the Desktop:?Double-click DummyCreator/DummyMaker to run the tool.?Now, copy/paste the following into the blank area:C:\WINDOWS\174926236?Press the Create button. Save the content of the Result.txt to your Desktop, and post it in your reply.Next, restart the computer!Please do not run any malware removal programs while we are in the process of making repairs. Doing so may just make matters worse, and that, you do not want!Thanks!

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Can't install downloads after virus alert.XP sp3 with Firefox. Used HitmanPro and Spyhunter scans which removed and improved things but obviously still something hiding somewhere. Can't continue cleaning without downloads! Im not tech savvy but this infection is a real rite of passage!Any help most welcome.

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.

Hello see if one of he resolutions HERE gets you back.

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Tried malwarebytes tried combofix nothing stays running please help

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path or file

You have posted a log for assistance here: http://www.spywareinfoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=132590 and you are already receiving assistance. Further, this is the second time that I know of that you have posted for assistance for the same issue at more than one site. The previous occurrence was here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic412993.html Please refrain from doing so in future.Please refrain from asking for help from others while you are being instructed by someone helping you with a log elsewhere. Any modifications you make can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, following advice outside of that post may cause confusion for the Helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer. If you had posted your log here, similar rules would apply. We would ask that you refrain from asking for help elsewhere. If you followed any other advice already, please ensure you inform your Helper when they respond to assist you with your log. This will help them know what has been done and they probably will ask for an updated log.To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. If you still need assistance after your log has been reviewed and you have been cleared, please start a new topic. If you have any questions, please PM me or another moderator.Thanks for your cooperation.Orange Blossom ~ forum moderator

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I am getting this message when i am trying to acess open a file,
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item." Somebody told me it's something in my registry can someone please help?
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

Need a bit more info. eg, Operating system? What are you trying to access? How? Are you the admin?
 

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Hello,

I'm trying to move a file to another folder on local hard drive but I keep getting this error "windows cannot access the device, path or file. You need correct permissions...."

I have tried everything:

- disabled the antivirus and firewall
- disconnected from the internet
- downloaded "Unlocker Assistant"
- Downloaded "Take Ownership"
- Edited the permissions correctly

and I'm still getting that error. I cannot even double click the file.

I'm running Windows 7 - 32-Bit operating system

Please help.

Answer:Windows cannot access the device, path or file...

right click the folder > property's >security> find your username and press edit > and check "allow full control"

hope i helped (:

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Hi all,
I searched through all threads relating to my problem already but havent found a solution so i would really appreciate it if someone helped me?! Im actually posting on behalf of my friend as the problem is with her laptop.
I cannot open anything, all im getting is the "windows cannot access the specified device path or file you may not have appropriate permissions" error. I dont know how this happened or what she did prior to this but all she could tell me was she "deleted stuff" as she thought it was running slow. Great. Im logged in as administrator but i am able to open everything in safe mode. Is there an easy solution to this can anyone tell me?
Thanks in advance for your help! :)

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device path or file...

Try changing the permissions on her main account to administrator?
Oh, if you don't know how to do that, click start-->control panel--> user accounts and click her main account then click "change account type" then choose administrator. if you've already done this, disregard this entire post.

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Hello MajorGeeks,

My daughter allowed her laptop to become seriously icky with general "ickware" and so it befalls me to attempt a fix. Following your Windows XP Cleaning Procedure I had to download recommended programs to a CD on my computer and copy onto her laptop because I couldn't download directly, I had to skip running SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes because of installation problems and lack of permissions to run programs, etc. So, I went right to ComboFix, RootRepeal and MGTools. Things are at long last looking up; hey, I can reliably boot in normal mode at last - that's something... But I still can't run SAS or MB, because

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

I would like to follow your instructions as closely as possible before posting logs, and these are good programs, so I'd like to run these two programs. Besides, I wanna "@#$%^&*ing" know why I can't run a gol darn program!

Oh, and I can't run them from right click\run as, I can't find anything about permissions that works for this problem in gpedit, I can't uninstall the .exe's, and I can't replace them with a new install. Grrr. :major

Neither is blocked on the right click/properties window, and Internet Options suggestions found on the web don't apply 'cuz everthang's as it should be on the security tab, and I do... Read more

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

Welcome to Major Geeks!

You only specifically stated that you could not run SUPERAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes. So then we need the logs from ComboFix, RootRepeal, and MGtools before we can begin.
 

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Hi All
 
I have a Microsoft programme that I have been using with various new PC updates and builds. From XP to Win7 Professional 64 bit. It's been many years since MS ceased updates and disowned it. But I last used it a few days ago on Sunday and all was fine, until yesterday. When I clicked on the icon the following was what I was told...
 
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
 
I went on the internet to look for an answer and it would seem that people have been having this problem, with various programmes since at least 2007. I tried some of the solutions that were suggested, initially by MS themselves and then others. Not unexpectedly all the suggestions centered around 'Permissions'. Sadly though none worked for me. So today I thought I'll just uninstall and reinstall, but this time on a different drive. I finished, rebooted, clicked on the icon...
 
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
 
The programme in question is 'Microsoft Picture It! 2'. There have been other versions since this one and I also own the last one they released before calling it a day. However, in my opinion version 2 couldn't be beaten, only into apparently submission!.
 
So, I thought this is where 'Bleeping Computer' comes in. Any thoughts on this problem will be most welcome.
 
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.

What folder, or path are you trying to open?
 
Are you administrator? How are the permissions for it?

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Have an XP computer that I no longer use online but has a few programs I like to keep.
Recently started getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, file. You may not have the correct permissions" when I try to open ANY program (Even the calculator) or even control panel.
 
Can anyone help me please?

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.....

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy,  taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
 
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot. You will see the following prompt:
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I am usually pretty good at getting rid of issues, but this one has me stumped. Everytime your are on the computer, safe mode or not, when you try to run any .ext (anything from IE to malwarebyes) you get "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file." If i go into safe mode and install malwarebytes from there I can get on the program for a few seconds before it dissapears. Even rkill will not run. flashes up then dissapears. I am pretty sure it is rootkit activity and way above my head. help would be very helpful. I have included the dds and attach logs but Gmer would do the same thing as other programs. run for a few seconds then dissapear. Thanks in advance for all your help!!

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Run by Administrator at 11:47:48 on 2011-10-14
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2494.2228 [GMT -4:00]
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\WINDOWS\2900770241:1052907859.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
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============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
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uStart Page = www.google.com/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk&channel=us&ibd=4070116
uSearch Page = hxxp://www.google.com/hws/sb/dell-usuk/en/side.html?channel=us
uSearch Bar = hxxp://www.google.com/hws/sb/dell-usuk/en/s... Read more

Answer:PLEASE HELP!! "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.Run Combofix:You may be asked to install or update the Recovery Console (Win XP Only) if this happens please allow it to do so (you will need to be connected to the internet for this)Before you run Combofix I will need you to turn off any security software you have running, If you do not know how to do this you can find out >here< or >here<Combofix may need to reboot your computer more than once to do its job this is normal.You can download Combofix from one of these links.Link 1Link 2Link 3 1. Close any open browsers or any other programs that are open.2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the r... Read more

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I know there was a thread a long time ago about this, but my situation is a little different.

I downloaded Abode Masters Collection CS6 and it worked great until I restarted my computer. When I went to access the folder it showed "empty". The files are still in my Programs, but i can't access the shortcut and the icon looks corrupted(which is the only way I can describe it since I don't know exactly what it's called). Then it gives me the "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, file. Lack of permission" error. I tried disabling my anti-virus/firewall, didn't work. I've googled it and nothing then i ran by this forum, hopefully you can help me!

Thank you all in advance!

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, file.

This is the icon.

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Hello MajorGeeks,

My daughter allowed her laptop to become seriously icky with general "ickware" and so it befalls me to attempt a fix. Following your Windows XP Cleaning Procedure I had to download recommended programs to a CD on another computer and copy onto her laptop because I couldn't download directly, I had to skip SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes because of installation problems and lack of permissions to run programs, etc. So, I went right to ComboFix, RootRepeal and MGTools. Things are at long last looking up; hey, I can reliably boot in normal mode at last - that's something... But I still can't run SAS or MB, because

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

I would like to follow your instructions as closely as possible before posting logs, so I'd like to run these two programs.

Neither is blocked on the right click/properties window, and Internet Options suggestions found on the web don't apply 'cuz everthang's as it should be on the security tab. (I don't understand why internet options should even apply to this problem.)

Any suggestions?

Thank You Ever So Kindly, strx
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file...

Okeedokee, gone to malware removal. The laptop's running pretty well as is -- just a few minor stupidities remaining that I see, so thanks for the help so far.

strx (Hey, wasn't he one of those ancient Greeks -- Stupidites - but not a Major Greek)
 

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Help!

I've just done a fresh install of windows 7 on one of my computers to pass over to my sister as a gift. I set it all up at mine, updated all drivers and created an image thinking it was all ready to go...i was wrong.

I unplugged the pc, took it over to hers, plugged it in and it configured some recent updates. Once it finally loaded i try and access anything and it gives me the message in the subject title - no additional programs will run or load including firewall, anti virus, steam.

I cant even access the system restore as it gives the same message.

I thought that maybe a drive had come loose during the move but they show up and are browseable so i guess not.

I've read it could be malware but i ran malwarebytes full scan before disconnecting from the network and it showed all clear.

Any ideas? Could it be that i've not connected it to the network at her house or is that too simple?

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file

Sorted, it was online armour after a windows update!

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Hello,

Working on an old Gateway laptop if you can believe that. I've been working on Windows machines for 20 years but I'm so stumped I don't even know where to start.

In a nutshell when I login with an Admin account I can't do anything. For example, I have a thumb drive with CCleaner on it and I'm blocked from installing it. I tried moving it to the desktop and it says C:\ is not accessible.

This is not the case, however, in Safe Mode. I have turned off the antivirus. I have used a Kaspersky Boot disk to remove a couple of malware problems. I have checked the Startup items for problems but don't see any.

This is an old computer someone gave to me to check out so I know little of it's history.

I cannot do anything with Users or Uninstalling programs.

Can you give me a place to start troubleshooting? I'm baffled.

All the best,

Luciano991

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.......

Hi and welcome to the Forum. A bit more info would be helpful like what version of Windows is installed?

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Hey guys,

I've been searching for a solution for this problem for a while and none of the fixes I found ever worked for me. Lately whenever I try to install software some of them keep giving me the same error.

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

I've ran scans and nothing has been found, I am an administrator and I do have full permission and I tried disabling my anti-virus and firewall (AVG and Comodo). However, I can install programs in the safe mode but again when I switch to the normal system I keep getting the error despite programs being installed. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file...

Welcome
If you truly have a permsission problem, this administrator account will solve it.
It is the same for Vista and Seven
Use it to perform the problem activity thenonce the account, once the problem is resolved disable the account. This account is for limited use and not on a daily basis
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums[2]=User Accounts
If this solution does not solve the problem, we will look into changing your permissions, but you said that you already have full permission
Another method to resolve the problem is to try to download while in clean boot, if it works, follow the clean boot instructions to find the specific cause.
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi. I am working on a friends PC. She is getting the Windows Cannot Access The Specified Device File Or Path, You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item, message when ever any program or file or icon is selected. She has Windows XP 32 bit and I have tried without success all the clean up steps listed under the READ ME FIRST heading.
When booted into safe mode everything works fine. Any help greatly appreciated please.
 

Answer:Windows Cannot Access The Specified Device File Or Path

Try this:

Please download and run the below tool named Rkill (courtesy of BleepingComputer.com) which may help allow other programs to run.
There are 4 different versions. If one of them won't run then download and try to run the other one.

Vista and Win7 users need to right click and choose Run as Administrator

You only need to get one of them to run, not all of them. You may get warnings from your antivirus about this tool, ignore them or shutdown your antivirus.

Rkill.exe
Rkill.com
Rkill.scr
Rkill.pif
Once you've gotten one of them to run then try to immediately run the following.


Download and save the below to your PC (save it anywhere you can find it. The Desktop is fine). Then double click on it to run it.

AVPFind.bat

It should take a couple minutes to run. You will see a black command prompt window while it is running and it should close when it is finished. Once it finishes, attach the c:\avplog.txt file that is will hopefully create as long as the malware does not block the batch file from running. (See: HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post )


Now download and Run exeHelper

Please download exeHelper to your desktop.
Double-click on exeHelper.com to run the fix.
A black window should pop up, press any key to close once the fix is completed.
A log file named log.txt will be created in the directory where you ran exeHelper.com
Attach the log.txt file to your next message.
Note: If the window shows a message that says "Error... Read more

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Have an XP computer that I no longer use online but has a few programs I like to keep.
Recently started getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, file. You may not have the correct permissions" when I try to open ANY program (Even the calculator) or even control panel.
 
Can anyone help me please?

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.....

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy,  taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
 
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot. You will see the following prompt:
 &#... Read more

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Gentlemen, I am in desperate need of your expertise. I have been using Avast and Spybot Search and Destroy to keep my computer protected, as well as using CCleaner and Iobit Advanced System Care to keep things streamlined and running smoothly. Avast recently popped up a warning about Braviax.exe, so I tried to do a manual virus scan (as I do once or twice a week) and I got an error message stating "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission setting to access this file." Confused, I did some research on the message but found nothing relavant to my situation. I tried downloading and installing AntiVir, then clicked on it to run. It started to run, then disappeared after about 5 seconds. I clicked on it again to bring it back up, and Windows gave me the same permissions error. I have now done everything requested of me in the READ AND RUN ME FIRST post, all to no avail.

I could not download RootRepeal because the page had exceeded bandwidth.

I tried to install superantispyware, but i received the message "error 1321:windows installer has insufficient privileges to modify this fil: C:\Program Files\SuperAntispyware\SuperAntispyware.exe"
However, the icon for the program was on my desktop, so I tried to run it, only to receive the original permissions message.

I installed MalwareBytes and tried to run it, but after five seconds it disappeared and I got the permissions message when I tried a... Read more

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file...

Anybody? Anything?
 

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I was using a 32-bit version of Windows 7. Recently I have installed a new fresh 64-bit Win7 on different partition on the same hard drive. Since the very beginning I was getting the 'Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file' on random files (for example I cannot access any file in one folder, while folder right next to it is fine) on partitions other than the one where the new Windows is installed. Error only occurs on new Win, old one is absolutely fine. I've tried scanning it with Avast (quick scan) and Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware (same) - nothing found. Hijackthis log below.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 7:21:23 AM, on 5/3/2012
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16421)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe
C:\Users\Jacek\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Jacek\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
C:\Users\Jacek\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe
G:\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet E... Read more

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im running 7 rc1 and this is the first time ive come across this. this is on a local drive and i have ownership of the files but i cannot open them. any idea how to unblock this?

Answer:windows cannot access specified device, path or file.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ralphdsm


im running 7 rc1 and this is the first time ive come across this. this is on a local drive and i have ownership of the files but i cannot open them. any idea how to unblock this?


Which files are you trying to access? And can you perhaps take a screenshot of the explorer window that shows which files they are?

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Hi,
I have started getting this error message Windows cannot access specified device, path, or file, when I try to access .exe files on my computer in normal mode. Everything works just fine in Safe Mode. I am using windows vista 64-bit. Certain things work, Control panel, I can access my C drive, I can open pictures, notepad, and I can connect only with Internet Explorer. I cannot install downloaded programs, when I try it says a piece of the program I just downloaded is missing or didn't download correctly. In normal mode most of my icons are gone, just the generic windows icon for almost everything. Very few items in my windows toolbar seems to be missing as well.
 

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I keep getting the error 'Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.' whenever I try to run as adminstratorr or run something that requires adminstrator access. It only started happening a few weeks ago, I'm not sure what the cause is. I'm on an adminstrator's account?

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file.

What Windows version is it?
Did you try system restore to before it happened?

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it started when i scanned my flashdisk and detected many virus like newfolder.exe ( im using NOD32) then it detected many programs specially .exe files then i tried to delete the detected files then i didnt realize it is the files in my PROGRAM FILES so i restarted my laptop and then it started everytime i open a .exe file it pops out "Windows cannot access specify device path or file. You may not have appripriate permission to access the item" and specially when i open the control panel i tried opening every item and it still popping out can u guys help me coz my dads gonna kill me if i cant fix it A.S.A.P.! i think i deleted some important files in the system so i tried using sytem restore but it failed. to restore the day that i got the error. my OS is Windows XP SP3. thanks in advance and please i need healp. =(
 

Answer:Windows cannot access specify device path or file.

And can you get into safe mode? Work okay then?
 

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Basically I have this file when I open says I don't have permission. I remember this happening before when I transferred some stuff awhile back. I found a pretty simple solution back then but I can't remember what it was now. It was something along the lines of putting the file/folder as accessible to any one using the computer or administrator or something like that. I can't remember exactly but it was very simple and basic.

The solutions I've read online involve anti-virus and other tedious stuff, please don't recommend that. If you have any idea of what my previous solution was please tell me.

One solution suggested that I right click on the file>properties>security tab and adjust something there. But there is not security tab when I right click the file. Another suggestion was adding it to the exceptions in AVG, that too did not work.

My old problem was that one of my drives say e: had about 10 folders and some couldn't be accessed, so I went through I think control panel did something that involved opening as administrator or something along those lines. It's all a blur as this was years ago. But I was using XP and AVG then as well.

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device path or file you may not have...

See if this helps:

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

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Okay, this happens for most .exe's and .bat's that I run but not all of them. 2 days ago I was able to run cmd and .bat or any other program easily. I ran a .bat to run my server, and I automatically get this: "Error: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item" But, I am the administrator, my firewall and windows defender is turned off, I currently have no AV, and my permissions are set to where I have full control. There is no "Unblock" button in the general tab of the file properties. I tried installing MalwareBytes a few weeks ago and it gave me an error. I do not remember the error but it said access was denied, and it uninstalled it. I tried again today to install it and I got the same error. What is happening? I scanned my system with 3 different anti-viruses, and they said there was nothing, so I uninstalled all of them. Is this a virus that is causing the problem? It's really bothering me and I need help ASAP. I have TeamViewer and if anyone could help me I would really appreciate it, and I may even pay a small amount of money for their support. Thank you!

Answer:"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file."

Does it always say that you don't have permission?
 
Try installing MBAM in Safe Mode. Also try running .exes in Safe Mode as well.

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It literally took me around 30hrs to fix this problem so I hope my trial, anguish, and error will help others. It truly is a PERMISSIONS PROBLEM. Go to the PROGRAMS FILES folder in C:, and find the folder for the program you're having this error for. Right click the folder, select properties, choose security tab, click advanced button toward bottom. View what the permissions are for each Name. SYSTEM (FULL CONTROL), ADMINISTRATORS (FULL CONTROL), USERS (READ & EXECUTE), and you may have more, but these are the important ones. If you're missing one of these names (mainly admin or users) you need to add them by choosing CHANGE PERMISSIONS. Click ADD button to add a missing name. If the permissions are wrong choose EDIT. After you have the NAMES in proper and the PERMISSIONS as listed above THIS IS VERY IMPORTAT: check the box that says "REPLACE ALL CHILD OBJECT PERMISSIONS WITH INHERITABLE PERMISSIONS FROM THIS OBJECT." After doing so it will give you a prompt, click yes or ok. When it's done click ok until all the boxes are closed. Now go to program .exe in the folder and try to run the program as ADMIN by right clicking and choosing "RUN AS ADMIN." It should work, if not you may have done something wrong. Go back and check the permissions again, restart the computer and check it again. If the program now works you may have to go to the start menu (press start button, all programs) right click on the program folder in the start menu and repeat all the... Read more

Answer:Windows Cannot Access The Specified Device, Path, or File. You May N..

I have had this for a while now also. I follow the recommended remedy, but always get an Error Applying Security message: File is something like 1979ae2a-...... "Access is denied"
Any suggestions?

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Hello there. I am new to this forum and I'm hoping you can help me with a frustrating problem. :-o

I was using my laptop tonight when my a file called av.exe tried to access my system files. Once I realised it wasn't a helpful file I tried to block it but a program started to install. It looks like a antivirus program but apparently the viruses are bogus.

In trying to block the program I now cannot use Windows Restore, Internet Explorer, CCleaner, Comodo Firewall, AVG Antivirus, Regedit, The Security Centre or the Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel. When I try to I get a message which says 'Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item'.

I tried to stop access to the explorer.exe directory and now I can't do much at all. Can anyone help me? I cannot access the internet on the laptop.

I have Windows XP Home, 1gb of RAM. If anyone can help I would be most grateful.
 

Answer:Windows Cannot Access The Specified Device, Path or File.......

Welcome to MG!!
If you google av.exe you can find removal instructions but I recommend you go to the malware removal section of MG and follow the instructions there.

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407

It's described as a rather nasty bug. You'll need to copy the programs and run from there, best a USB stick.

But first see if you can download these in safe mode with networking. I find that works most of the time.

Good Luck!:wave
 

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I am getting this notification "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
I am running in admin
I only get it on a few progs my hijack this and avast being the main 2
if i got to original exe file and make a new admin access the hijack this runs until i do a scan and then the admin access is deleated and the results dissapear from the screen before I can see them I tried to copy the log but it didnt do it...the avast is similar except it starts the prog then goes off straight away.
I had several trojans that have been removed and nothing is running in the processes that I havn't seen before
I tried restore but it wont

I have searched for this problem but no one seems to mention about the admin rights problem

any help would be really nice
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

have you tried to run your antivirus in safe mode? try that and see you get any hits. sounds like you have a nasty of some kind. just a feeling
 

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Hello. New up here.:wave

I have spent 12+ hours trying to solve a few problems on our home PC.:cry

Here's are some facts:

- Home PC
- Running Windows XP Home Edition SP3
- We have the dreaded PC Antispyware 2010 issue
- We have CCleaner & Regcure and I can run both without problems
- Downloaded Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to remove the PC Antispyware
- I get the "Windows cannot" message when I try to run Malwarebytes
- I have tried to run Malwarebytes in SAFE Mode and cannot..get same message
- Other icons on my desktop that no longer have the normal icon are:

iTunes, Word, Quicktime

However..iTunes, Quicktime, and Word can all be opened.

I have also tried the exe fix utilities and none have helped.

Here's an interesting thing....if I remove Malwarebytes, re-download, and re-install, and I can get it to launch...once I start scan it gets hung, and after 30 sec closes itself out..and then I can no longer access it.:confused
It's as though something knows it's running and intercepts it.

Need less to say my frustration level is through the roof.

Thoughts? Suggestions? :cry
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device,path, or file. Please Help

I suggest you go to the malware forum....do all the instructions here:
READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

Then when you have the requested logs, those that you can produce, attach then in a new thread in that forum.

HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post
 

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Hello Everyone. I am a 72 year old man who has tried to get to grips with computers since age of 60.

Hopefully someone can help - I have looked for an answer online but most of either does not work or is very complicated for your average man.

Windows 98 was the best operating system, everyone knows that.

Windows 7 has been treating me fine until recently.

Over the last week, 4 or 5 different programs that I have been using , wont load. They come up with the error message in the subject of this post. And it says i may not have permission to view the files? These are programs i downloaded such as skype, vlc media player, google talk, audacity, utorrent. Things like that. Only 1 did it at first, now 5. Really annoying and I cant see a reason for it. So I usually will have to download the program again, but I cant keep doing that and it doesnt always work anyway.

One idea i had , i thought it might be a problem to do with AVG virus killer thing.

I have AVG free virus killer thing but it keeps crashing. It says many files are unhealable cos theyre unabale to locate the file. and also it indicates that there is a problem with one of the AVG files. Sometimes avg wont respond . (it says not responding)

Does anyone have an idea of what I should look into ? I never had a problem with windows 98 until they started making stuff that only runs on later versions. I used to play worms on windows 98 for 8 hours a day.

Thanks
Simon - new member of this seven forum.

Answer:windows cannot access the specified device, path or file

i would like to add. The programs that dont work and come up with the error message, they used to have a proper icon . But now they have changed. They have changed to a white icon with a window with 6 little icons inside.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING ALL OF A SUDDEN?

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I received this error when trying to install application from USB, External Disk, and CD/DVD. "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item." I am part of Administrator group and even local Administrator can't install and received the same error. I tried disabling my anti-virus Symantec and still receiving the error. However, if i copy the application installer to my desktop or local disk, it would run perfectly. Does anyone know what is blocking the installation from USB, External Disk, and CD/DVD?

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

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Hi,

When trying to access an exe file, getting the following:

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

I am an Administrator on my laptop. I have installed QTP and many other Exes (MSN MSGR, Yahoo Msgr etc)

OS: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3

I have cheched in Windows Components in Add Remove Programs to check the IE Enhanced Security, but there was no option to turn off.


Please let me know if you need more details. Advanced Thanks for your help.

Thanks,
Sai
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.

Welcome to MajorGeeks. This may sound a bit lame, and I'm not trying to imply anything, but have you tried to simply restart the PC? It's amazing what a quick reboot can do. Just tonight I was suddenly having a weird issue where when I opened a folder, the way the contents of the folder were organized and displayed just changed out of the blue for no reason, and in My Computer, the icons for my CD and DVD drives had changed to the standard Windows 'unknown item' generic box icon instead of the little pictures of CDs. I rebooted and all is back to normal.
 

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hello

I am new to this, but after reading various other threads that seemed very helpful and successful in dealing with similar problems to mine, seeking help here seemed like my best and only option

Basically, here is a summary of problems & attempted solutions to such problems over the last week

It started with my computer crashing while attempting to move a video onto an sd card. After this had happened several files appeared on the sd card that had complete jibberish long titles, which were somehow taking up all the memory, and I could not delete them. An error message came up saying something along the lines of "path file name too long. Invalid syntax"

So I tried downloading DelInvFile to remove them. I didn't have any money at the time (or now really), so, to my great mistake, I tried downloading a crack.
Immediately Windows security alerts started popping up warning me of a trojan, but since these warnings never changed and never stopped, it obviously wasn't solving the problem!

I attempted using Ad-Aware and Spybot search and destroy, but ad-aware would not scan "scanner in use", and spybot just crashed almost immediately after loading

This is when I found these similar threads and followed the details listed here http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407
I followed every step, and downloaded every piece of software suggested. The only one that worked was SUPERantispyware, which found 3 problems, and rem... Read more

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device,path, or file. Please Help

Did you try to run RootRepeal? Did you follow the instructions to run MGTools by right clicking it and running it as administrator?
 

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Hi,
I have been having this problem lately. One day I logged into my account on this shared computer. Background was blank. When I click on start there is nothing pinned to the quick start menu anymore, instead it showed a flashlight. Nothing is loading up on the bottom right of the task bar. Only the sound options, and that doesnt load.
When I try to run ANY program, whether it be by double clicking, on the program directly from its install location, to using shortcuts, does not work. Instead it gives me an error.

"Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. You may not have the appropiate permission to access the item"

After trying alot of things I found that I can start programs by right clicking on file from the program such as a .dll file for a game and "opening with" the .exe file that usually starts it. But this works on only a handful of programs.

I'm basically not able to do anything cept go on the internet microsoft word and a few games. Now, My sister has an account on this computer as well, and when I signed into it, its running almost perfctly fine, except for a few things, I tried to run system restore on her account, it gives me this error:
"A Runtime Error has occured. Do you wish to Debug?"
"Line: 148 Error: Oject expected"

I've tried clicking no, nothing happens, I tried cliking yes, all it gives me is an option to choose a "New instance of Microsoft Script Editor", which is then f... Read more

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I've got an HP Pavilion 540n that is riddled with viruses. HP doesn't ship with recovery discs. I was able to use the recovery tool but now when the machine boots I get the Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file error when trying to run anything. I can't boot to safe mode and have tried running fixmbr but it did not help.

I tried running malwarebytes and combofix but I get the error above. I would wipe it and reload the OS but since HP doesn't ship with any CD's I don't have a disc to load.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do with this?

Thanks for reading,

Matt
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file

I would suggest contacting HP for replacement discs.
 

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I need some serious help please. As of last night, i've been receiving this error when attempting to open certain executable programs.

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to run this file".

I'm running Windows XP Service Pack 3. I have 29GB of Space on my hard drive. I only use one hard drive, but because I had problems in the past, I had to re-install windows and have 3 backup's on my hard drive (That I CANNOT remove - always gives me some error of a file in use - cannot delete, but that's something entirely different (but if you have time i'd love to know how to clear).

Anyways this problem started last night. I wanted to delete online armor because its resource hungry, so I decided to download and install both PC Firewall and Antivirus as one of the programs suggested by this site. I wasn't using any anti-virus at the time.

When I downloaded and installed both, they gave me some type of error saying that the program needs to close, reboot the computer and if it persists call tech support.....?

The program cannot be deleted from my hard drive. The firewall was removed, but the AV says "Cannot delete PCTAVshellextension.dll: Access is Denied.

When I right click any program, the "run safer" option is there with the little symbol of the program but when I click it, it does nothing.

I can't find anything related in processes. ... Read more

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When I was trying to install a game today, I got the following message
"Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item."
I googled the problem but still don't have an answer so that I hope somebody could help me here. Thx.

BTW, the game is DVD disks.

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. You may not have

RIGHT-click on the game DVD setup.exe file, select "Run as Administrator"

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Hi,
I have a brand new Windows 7 ultimate edition (x64) installed with AVG antivirus. I have an exe file that gives me the classical "windows cannot access the specified...." and when I highlight the item I get an AVG warning about the file beeing a trojan horse. I cannot even move or copy the file.
I tried the file on an other computer with XP on it along with nod32 antivirus. The file is not a trojan horse and it runs normally. I tried on the windows 7 to take property of the file, it is not blocked so I can't unblock, it is located on my desktop.
I am not sure if I have to uninstall my antivirus, but it's not easy for me to install it again, it will take a lot of time etc.. so I am leaving this option to the end in case someone may be sure what the problem is. Anyway my problem isn't the virus notification but the windows alert
I would apreciate the help
Thanks
Kam
 

Answer:windows cannot access specified device, path or file...

can you add it to the exceptions list in avg? are you sure it's not a trojan?
 

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Whenever i try and open a folder i am given this message :
Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item

I have tried entering safe mode and run various virus and malware scans hoping to solve the problem but to no avail, all my folders open in safe mode without any issue.

The issue has also made my wifi and bluetooth icon dissappear from the bottom right of the screen , i also cannot access my computer or my control panel without the same error message appearing.

I'm running windows 7 on a sony Vaio.

Any help would be gratefully accepted before i launch the laptop through my window
Thank you in advance
Biggsy69
 

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Hello

I believe my computer is extremely infected with the Antivirus (2010) bug and I don't have a clue what to do anymore. I've tried downloading SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes but everytime I begin to scan it closes it self out. I've even tried doing this in safe mode Please help.:confused
 

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device,path, or file. Please Help

If one step fails, do not stop, continue on, and work your way through, in order, what you can of these procedures.

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide
 

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2 of my programs cannot be started they give this error, they were working fine till last 2 days ago when suddenly this error started appearing.

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

I tried reinstalling them but the same problem, I am the admin of this machine & the UAC remains turned off since 1st install.
I even have tried right click> run as admin it still does not work.

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, file

Take ownership of the files.. See Brinks tutorial on this -=> here

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Hello everyone,
I am also one of the people having "bad luck" getting this error message.
I checked almost every single thread towards this on the internet, and none worked for me.

Here are my facts:

"Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. You may not have the appropiate permission to access the item" is the message that shows up when trying to open an application saved in C:/users/public...

I am running on vista x64 home premium edition
I am the administrator of the computer.
I am currently using Avira antivir. (checked it, and deleted all malewares etc.)


As My work is dependent on this programme I hope to receive a clear answer that could help.

Sad Greetings

Tris

Answer:Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file. You may not have the appropi

might it be a unc problem?

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Hello everyone I'm looking for some help. I have windows 7 and today for a virus or malware - process ran as qrr.exe stopping me from opening some programs. I had a look online and saw a few posts saying to find and delete the file. After some time (and not 100% sure of doing what) the process stopped coming up not now I have a different problem. I am unable to open anything, windows starts ok then if I try to open any program I get the following error:
'windows cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item.'
Can anyone tell me how to sort this? I am using my iPhone to post this as I can't get online with the Pc.
Thanks for any help

Answer:Help with error: Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file........

Boot into safe mode and run combofix or malwarebytes, they usually pick up pretty much anything, but you need the most current version.

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Bought a new computor a Asus notebook with no CD player, at first it worked fine, I let me niece use it and the next time I went to use it the thing kept redirecting me to weird websites. I figured it was a virus and the Norton it came with was exspired. It kept saying the Generic Server win32 had to close. I came on here and tried to download some antivirus's like Trend Mircro-Combo Fix and even AVG but it kept saying I didnt have permission or the thing would just shut down after 45 min's of downloading. I finialy downloaded a trial version of Panda 2012. then the computor would not respond to my attempts to access the Internet, it would open then shut down, I kept it open long enough to download Mozilla as I read on some of the post's on here to use that browser. Now it says everytime I try to open IE or Mozilla that Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item. I read more post's on here and started in safe mode under administrator and still I cant get on any web browser or nothing, I tried to restore but it wont let me, I tried to start in last known good configuration but it wont do anything. I tried to reset default settings and browser but it keeps changing back to the ones it changes to. I am using another Asus to send this message to you for help, the one that is messing up has message's from Panda that said someone on a Mac was trying to access my computer but it gav... Read more

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