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Troubleshooting error message: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item.

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OK so here's my issue, i'm getting the following error when attempting to access my DVD-ROM to play a movie. This is a recent development, i haven't installed any new software on my system.

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

I get this whenever I try to access/play a dvd on my system. I unlocked the administrator's account and logged in under that and everything works OK. There is no security tab for altering the security settings on the DVD drive. I'm really perplexed as to what is causing the security issue.

Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

Thanks




OK so here's my issue, i'm getting the following error when attempting to access my DVD-ROM to play a movie. This is a recent development, i haven't installed any new software on my system.

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

I get this whenever I try to access/play a dvd on my system. I unlocked the administrator's account and logged in under that and everything works OK. There is no security tab for altering the security settings on the DVD drive. I'm really perplexed as to what is causing the security issue.

Does anyone have any thoughts about this?

Thanks




I searched the forums for an answer but couldnt find any so here it goes.

I downloaded an application and extracted no problem. Then I try to run the Launcher.exe and I get this error:

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

I checked my permissions and nothing is blocked, I've ran it as an Administrator, and I've done the compatibility check but nothing works.

Is there anything else I can do to get rid of this error message?




Suddenly I am unable to access some programs from desktop
shortcuts that had functioned properly for months. One is
a shortcut to windows explorer. 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 am, however, able to open the same programs from either
the taskbar or from the start/programs menu. I have tried
deleting and then reinstalling new shortcuts on the desktop
but get the same error message. Any help out there?
Dan




Hi all,

I have a wierd issue - I removed my laptop from a domain, because I left the company. Before doing so I created a new local profile, logged on, logged off, logged in as admin, copied everything but ntuser.dat stuff to the new profile, then removed laptop from domain.

Now when I log on my new profile, anything I double click on desktop items (folders or my computer) I get an error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item" - If I right click and hit open, it works great...

Also - programs seem to open fine, just problems with folders and my computer. I also get the same error from the start menu.

I have tried removing my account as administrator and then restarting and making it administrator again. Removed my permissions and readded them - cant think of what else to do.




Hello, I got an HP Mini 1000 (1154NR) Netbook with a bad HDD. I bought a new drive and did a fresh installation of Windows 7 Ultimate. The installation went just fine. But when I boot up everything seems normal. My wireless connection gets on to the internet and I can surf. But when I try to open anything such as control panel, windows explorer, Windows Update, and some other things I get an error message (26EE0668-A00A-44D7-9371-BEB064C98683). And below the error code is says "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have permission to access the item".

Other items seem to work fine such as photo gallery, media center.

Can anyone help - TIA - Dano




I have a very stupid problem, I can't access files on cd or dvd from my computer. When I double click on cd/dvd icon in my computer, nothing happened. If I access cd/dvd drive from Speed Commander, I can see and copy files, but when I try to view or execute them I get the error massage: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item".

Does anyone know how to fix this?




I am working on a Presario CQ50 running Windows 7 Basic with2 gb ram. It seemed to be working fine the last time I accessed it 2 weeks ago( I don't use it much) Now, when I try to open IE or Firefox I get the error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item"
I went to CP>Internet options to check security and content settings and I couldn't even open that..same message...Whatup??? thanks




I have done some searching, and i haven't been able to find anything similar to this problem. it is incredibly frustrating. I have installed windows 7 release candidate and it appears to install fine, it goes through the install screens with no problem at all. After ths install is done, the computer boots into windows the first time, brings up the desktop, and completely stops responding. does not respond to any input at all, i have to reboot it to do anything. after the reboot, it boots to the desktop fine, but the desktop themes are not working at all (looks similar to safe mode, but it isn't.) when i try to access screen resolutions or themes, explorer.exe gives an error that says "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions." i can get to just about everything else. anyone have any ideas?




Hi,

Newbie here and it is not even my own PC. My kid has a Toshiba Mini Notebook (NB255) with Windows 7 Starter.

Starting yesterday we can no longer open any programs on the Notebook. The system boots and the desktop loads but only a small number of system? programs load and then nothing else.

If you click on any desk top icon or even go to the programs list and choose folders etc they all respond the same way with the ERROR Message "windows cannot access specified device, path or file .........".

I have booted into Safe Mode and all is OK. I have scanned with Microsoft Essentials, SuperAntiSpyware and Malwarebytes AntiMalware and all seams clean. I have Restored the system back to three different Restore points but still get the Errors.

The same thing happened a few weeks ago after I did an Update but I was able to fix it by Restoring the system back to a date before the update.

This time we have not done any updates but when I checked the Update Log it showed a number of Updated that we did not perform.

The system is set to notify of updates but not to download or install them?

On top of Security Essentials I have OnLine Armor Free on board but cannot open that in Safe Mode anyway (also cannot turn on Real Time Protection in Microsoft Essentials) or in normal mode - cause I get the Error Message in Normal Mode.

BIG BIG HELP ................. I am totally stuck here and have no idea how to fix the Notebook.




When I right click the Computer Icon and select Management I get an error window to the effect that "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

The bar at top of this error message window has Explorer.EXE on the left. There is an OK button.

I am logged on as an administrator.
I can get to the Management functions via the control panel.

I don't know how long I've had this condition as this isn't a function I use very often. I only noticed it because I wanted to view the Event logs because Task Manager wouldn't start. Thats another problem.

I've done some Google searches but haven't come across a solution.

Can someone help?




Guess it's my turn on the MS whipping post. Turned on my system this AM (just the monitor, the CPU runs 24/7) and my DSL connection was acting up so I rebooted the modem and my system and that's when the trouble began. Booted to the log on screen, no problem, but when I clicked on my profile icon it didn't respond and the system began to react very slowly. After a minute or so it began to slowly tell me it was loading my user settings the put up this dialog box, "Windows cannot load the locally stored profile. Possible causes of this error insufficient security rights or a corrupt local profile. If the problem persists contact your network administrator." I waited and clicked and hit cntrl-alt-del a couple times and got this error, "Insufficient system resources exist to complete requested service." I shut down (powered off) and rebooted a couple times with no better results. I managed to get the wallpaper up, but thenm got an error about desktop not being able to load due to insufficient resources and then a string of errors for most of my programs and services that couldn't or wouldn't load due to mising dll files or insufficient resources. Rebooted and then went to the F8 key and chose Last Known Good. Got the desktop back and all it's icons this time but no Systray and the quicklaunch bar was all windows generic icons. It took a while for the Start button to appear as well. Then a series of errors for components not found and missing dll files for what appear to be all the programs and services that are started when the system boots. It says that reinstalling the application may fix the problem. I right clicked on the desktop to kill the wallpaper and start to recover system resources to troubleshoot the problem and got this little gem, "Control Panel window - Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I'm not sure what the problem is, how it started or how to proceed. I'm about to just take it to my local guru and let him do his magic. I have an image backup, but it's about a month old and I'd like to save the recent data. Any ideas before I pull the plug ??




Hi all

Our users have restricted domain user accounts (i.e. no admin rights). So we use the Run As command from time-to-time for admin tasks, such as running a defrag. However, since we upgraded from Windows XP SP2 to Windows XP SP3 with all critical hotfixes upto 25-March-2010, logon as a standard domain user & execute the Run As command, we get the error "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item". We can logon as an admin, right-click any EXE file & Run As fine but this defeats the object & is unnecessary, although it suggests it's a permissions issue.

We have uninstalled IE8 and Run As works fine for standard domain users but it's not a practical solution because our company needs IE8 for various reasons. It seems the Run As command is reliant on Internet Explorer. Is it anything to do with the "enable memory protection to mitigate online attacks" option in IE8's Advanced settings? We've searched but cannot find any related Group Policy setting(s) to disable this option.

We then looked at the Data Execution Protection (DEP) settings in 'Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance Settings'. We changed the DEP setting from "Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only" to "Turn on DEP for all programs and services except those I select:", rebooted when prompted and Run As now works fine for standard domain users. But we are concerned this will cause problems down the line so want to avoid changing the default DEP setting and even if we did we would need to find a way to automate this change on 1500+ machines (reg key or GPO?).

Has anyone else encountered this Run As problem and overcome it, if so, how please?

Thanks
Scott




All of a sudden I am no longer able to open files by just clicking on links in Internet Explorer.

With PDF files, when I click on the link I get a program failure message, the file then downloads to the Temporary Internet Files/Content.IE5/xxxxxxx/ folder and I then get the following Windows error:

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

If it is something like a .rar file where the file is initially downloaded I get the window allowing me to run or save the file. If I run it then it downloads and then I get the error above. I can save the file as this negates the permissions issue.

If I go the the folder I can open the downloaded file without any problems.

Any advice on how to fix this problem would be appreciated.

I am running Windows XP Pro SP2




I am using Windows 7/64. A RAID controller recently went south, damaging the volume with my user account. With help from the vendor's tech support, I rebuilt the array without erasing, and I restored some damaged data from backups. HOWEVER, chkdsk had a field day, replacing the security information on many files and directories.

I've fixed most of the resulting problems. One still comes up when, from the Start Menu, I use the Search Programs and Files box. Windows finds nothing. When I click See more results, I get an error popup: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

I think I could fix this if I knew where to look. But I don't. Anyone?




This morning, my wife's laptop seemed to be trying to fix some disk corruption on boot-up. It started OK; she did what she needed to do and put it to sleep before heading off to work. I needed to use it this evening, but when I booted there was no desktop background, though there were desktop icons. It seemed that the system tray was not fully populated, and it claimed there was no network. Whenever I try to run any program, or use anything in control panel, I get the error message, "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." This happens on all accounts, limited and admin. I can't do a thing, but the files all seem OK. I've rebooted several times.

It's a Samsung, so I accessed the Samsung recovery option from boot and chose to restore main windows files, leaving data intact (I'm afraid I don't keep on top of my wife's backup regime like I do my own - dreadful behaviour). On reboot it wouldn't boot so now it's running Startup Repair. Anyone have any experience of this and any good suggestions? I've found a few suggestions here and there, some of which require me to use control panel functions which I can't, and others which I don't quite understand any more (I switched to mac and Linux five years ago, and I've forgotten a lot of what I used to know about windows systems - I was still on XP and refusing to switch to Vista).

My only thought at the moment is to pull the drive out and put it in a caddy so I can make sure I've copied all the documents and pics off it, then do a clean install. Anything better or quicker to do?




Hello all.

I have just installed Windows 7 for the third time. And each time I have had the same problem. It runs along fine then suddenly I'll get a blank white screen and the system seem's to have frozen. It can also be blue and white stripes or white with grey lines.

Is this a known bug and what is the cause of it?

My computer meet's minimum specifications.

The first time I installed it and got the problem I thought it could of been because it was a funny install. It made a Windows.old and I thought this might be messing with it. The second time I installed it I upgraded over the previous install, Just to make sure nothing was missing. This third install I have done on a separate partition. So that it shouldn't matter what is on the others.

But I still get the same problem.. Is this possibly an error in the install file I got? I did have a problem at the end of the download and had to re-open the download page. Problem?

Thank's Rich.

-----Edit-------

Okay I just restarted after the white screen, and now it's in a windows 98 look-a-like skin. And I cannot access anything.

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

That was clicking on 'Computer' in the start menu.

Thank's Rich.




hi guys , i have 7rc. it worked fine a while but now almost every time i want to open some file it show "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item" and yes i am looged as admin and it was a clean install. XP is on C and 7 is on D. files from both partitions cant be open just that error message appears every time. help i cant do anything. i have tried everything what to do with permissions.




Hi All
Hope I am in the correct section
I think I may have a vius on a friends pc that I have received.

OS Win Xp with SP 3
Symptoms
IE 8 flashs and quits
malware bytes and hijack this does the same
Cannot get into safe mode just goes straight to boot up. The person can access their files. but not browse the internet.
the error message that comes up is that "Windows cannot not access the specified device, path, or file. You may have inappropriate permissions to access the item"

I have run TDSS rootkit. that has not solved the problem.
and also reset IE 8

your help in finding a solution would be very grateful.
Dougie