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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

Q: 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

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

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A: 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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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.

A: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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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

A: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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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

A: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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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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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

A: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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HELP!!!

Every time I download a winamp skin from their site it comes up with the error message stated in the subject after it has downloaded 99% of the file!

When downloading, the file is temporarily placed in here:

"C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\6j8XMZO1\filename"

Is it just because I am not logged in as an administrator, or is it something else???

How can I overcome this problem???

Cheers )

GeoffTek
 

A:Error message "Access to the specified device, path, or file is denied" when download

It is indeed probably because you are not logged in as the Admin. When you download skins for Winamp, they self extract and install to the proper directory. Sounds like the skin is coming down OK but when it goes to extract and install, it stops as you don't have access.
 

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Hello,

I've read through many posts here and on other sites as to the problem that may be causing this error I've been receiving:

On the Title Bar" C:\Windows\System32\Rundll32.exe
Body: Windows cannot access specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

My system is Windows Vista Business 32-bit SP-1. I had a nasty virus which I scanned with AVG (full purchased protection) and Malwarebytes. I have a sneaking suspicion that there are remnants of that virus still lurking, and/or there may have been fles that were deleted/quarantined that may be vital to my system.

It should be noted that I do not receive that error when trying to access all files. It's very inconsistent. I can access most of my Control Panel, but not themes or display settings. I also have an external monitor that will not display different screens, it will only mirror or run as the primary screen, even when I choose 'Display different screen' option. For the .exe files that don't automatically run, 98% will function if I right click and choose 'Run As Administrator.'

I've tried
-Reg Cleaners (none of which deleted or fixed anything
-Disabling my anti-virus software
-Starting up in Safe Mode/Safe Mode Networking [error still existed]
-Reset IE setting, increased them, decreased them...ugh.
-Checked start-up programs. Rebooted in normal, selective, etc. Same thing for all settings.
-Ran CCleaner
-Allowed full permissions. [Here's the thi... Read more

A:Rundll32 Error: Cannot Access Specified Device, Path, or File

Hello and welcome to TSF.

HijackThis is no longer the preferred initial analysis tool in this forum.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
Quote:




Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps




link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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I am running Vista Home Premuim on a 32 bit computer

I am not able to run a virus scan. After I install the program and attempt to scan, the program acts like it's working but after just a few seconds it stops. When I try to open the program again I get this error message: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item I've uninstalled that program and downloaded a new one and the result is the same. Today I downloaded a malware program hoping that might find the problem but that program also starts to scan and then stops and I'm unable to open it again. I've tried running both programs in safe mode with networking and again I'm unable to open the program and get the same error message. As there is only one user on this computer I'm certain I am the administrator.

I'm not an advanced pc user but I am able to follow instructions.

Any ideas on a fix for this?

Thank you!
 

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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.

A: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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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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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!

A: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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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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A: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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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!

A: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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Hello everyone. I am trying to open a text document but this error keeps on popping out. I can open it by right clicking > edit and can also see the contents on the preview pane but it bothers me that I can't open it normally. Could this be a virus or a problem on the system? Text documents are the only ones I can't open. I don't have an anti-virus.

Here is a printscreen of the error:
http://i47.tinypic.com/rtja5x.jpg

Thanks in advance.
 

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When I try to open up iTunes on my laptop, I come up with the following error message:

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

Apple support advise me to uninstall the Apple components following this guideline:

Usethe Control Panel to uninstall iTunes and related software components in thefollowing order. Then, restart your computer.

1. iTunes

2. QuickTime

3. Apple Software Update

4. Apple Mobile Device Support

5. Bonjour

6. Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)

Allcomponents were uninstalled except for iTunes. When I try to uninstall it, Iget the following error message:

"The Installer hasinsufficient privileges to modify this file:
C:\Program Files\iTunes\Acknowledgements.rtf."
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.



 

A:iTunes error: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file etc.

By any chance do you know if you have an Administrator account on your computer? Or at least if the account you log on with has Administrator privileges?
What version of XP do you have, Home or Pro?
 

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i keep getting a error whenever i try to start a .exe file i dunno what to do but i heard that having a hijack this log will help trying to fix it.(i opened hijack this using cmd )

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 19:49:45, on 09/01/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
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:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVG7\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\usnsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\BearShare Applications\BearShare\BearShare.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\libaan\Desktop\family account\Desktop\my stuff\HijackThis.exe

O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {15182D9E-3BC7-486B-8FC4-3C303009D166} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\pmkhf.dll
O2 - BHO: {30a44900-cfcc-05b9-6dc4-95e9cf27b444} - {444b72fc-9e59-4cd6-9b50-ccfc00944a03} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\oowdycpw.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0... Read more

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Anytime I try and run a program I get the message "Windows cannot access the specified drive, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Even when I try to shut down or restart it says "You do not have permission to shut down the computer"

I can only run programs by going into Task Manager -> New Task (Run) -> and searching for the program itself.

Please Please help me!!!

I have pasted the RSIT Log.exe file below AND have attached the GMER and INFO files as well


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R
Logfile of random's system information tool 1.04 (written by random/random)
Run by Michael Farese at 2008-11-10 14:12:03
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3
System drive C: has 58 GB (76%) free of 76 GB
Total RAM: 510 MB (29% free)

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 2:12:16 PM, on 11/10/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Unable to get Internet Explorer version!
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:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 200... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Error: &quot;Windows cannot access the specified drive path or file&quot;

Quote:




Please note that all instructions given are customised for this computer only, the tools used may cause damage if used on a computer with different infections.

If you think you have similar problems, please post a log in the HJT forum and wait for help.





Hello and welcome to the forums

My name is Katana and I will be helping you to remove any infection(s) that you may have.

Please observe these rules while we work: Please Read All Instructions Carefully
If you don't understand something, stop and ask! Don't keep going on.
Please do not run any other tools or scans whilst I am helping you
Please continue to respond until I give you the "All Clear"
(Just because you can't see a problem doesn't mean it isn't there)
If you can do those few things, everything should go smoothly

Please Note, your security programs may give warnings for some of the tools I will ask you to use.
Be assured, any links I give are safe
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Step 1
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to your desktop.
Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware

then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded, select ... Read more

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Hello. I installed a program called Hotspot Shield, it didn't work for me so i went to uninstall it, and when i did i got a blue screen that made me restart my computer(i will attach a pic of the screen). Once it restarted, i cant open anything(my computer, control panel, folders, etc), because 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, for some reason i think it deleted my Google chrome files because when i try to use chrome i get this message "unable to find locale data files. Please reinstall". Also, my internet is working but for some reason the internet icon in the tray has a red X on it, symbolizing that my internet doesn't work. My first thought was to do a system restore as there was a restore point right when i installed hotspot Shield, so i did. When the computer turned back on, none of these problems were fixed, so i tried to do an earlier restore point, but it now says "System Restore does not appear to be functioning correctly. A volume Shadow copy service component encountered an unexpected error". I looked this up and went to the services and tried to start all of the ones to do with the restore, but it still didn't work. I also tried restore in Safe Mode. Then i ran a full scan with both Malware Bytes and Avast, nothing came up in Avast, but a few came up in Malware bytes, and i had it get rid of them, b... Read more

A:Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file." on everything.

I would suggest rolling back to a previous restore point, doesn't look like the software was cleanly uninstalled.

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Wow. Haven't run into this one before, but when I started googling it, I noticed most of the posts are very recent, so I guess this is a somewhat new phenomenon. What makes my case a little more interesting, however, is that it's happening on a brand new installation. And not once, but twice (I re-installed again after it happened the first time.

So basically here's what's happening. After a fresh install of WinXP Pro (same one installed on many other pc's just fine) and after just a few minutes of normal operation (everything opens just fine, and things are hunky dory) all of a sudden nothing will open. No shortcuts, no programs, nothing. Not a single executable on this PC will launch. Always the same message (see title).

Only 1 account, and it's an admin account by default. And like I said I've done this exact same installation the exact same way with the exact same CD a dozen times, without a hitch.

Safe mode seems to not be affected. Wierd. At least I don't think so.

Can anyone help? There are a thousand posts about this all over the net, and I've scanned a few dozen, but it doesn't seem to have been solved.

Again...Brand new installation...so presumably NOT A VIRUS.

HELP!!!

A:Every Single .exe = "Windows Cannot Access The Specified Device, Path or File

Hello newreel,

There is the possibility that your Windows? XP CD is scratched, as you mentioned...

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I've done this exact same installation the exact same way with the exact same CD a dozen times, without a hitch.





It does not matter how careful you are with the handling of them, they don't last forever.

Now for a possible solution...

Please try this workaround (you will need the Windows? XP SP2 CD or an integrated SP3 CD if SP3 is installed).

(In the event that you do not have a Windows? XP CD with SP2,(or SP3) you will need to 'borrow' one from a friend or colleague, as the manufacturer's "Recovery Discs" will not work in this instance.)

Insert the Windows? XP CD in your drive. (Hold down the Shift Key to prevent it from starting.)

Go Start > Run ...in the box type in sfc /scannow ?please take note of the space between the sfc and the /.

This is the System File Checker...it will scan all the Windows? core system files to ensure that they are in their respective correct places, and if not replace them from the CD.

During the scan you may be asked to Insert the CD, if this happens just go retry and let it do its thing.

One important point: While sfc is running, it is not advisable to do any other work, or have any browsers/programs running on the computer, until the scan is complete. (This process will generally take around 45-65 minutes to complete).

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Ok, so I ran into a real nasty trojan virus, that is now resolved and gone. However, when I went into the process of being able to resolve this issue a sticky byproduct was this permissions issue. This is how it happens, I download a video with Firefox or any browser Opera, IE whatever. Then after I have downloaded it into the proper location I can see it within the downloads list from the browser, should I double click to launch the video with WMV it will fail with that error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item". However, should I open the directory and then launch from the true download location, rather in the list of the files within the browser download list it will launch fine. This is the problem I can utilize the programs directly launching them from explorer, however should I try and launch a program from inside another program it will fail to launch.

This is a Vista 64 bit installation, and I am pretty tech savvy individual. What I have tried thus far is to take owner ship of the directory since trusted installer was the owner previously. After I had done that I went into the permissions of the exe and sought to make sure that the file was open for everyone to be able to modify and have full control - it was. After that I also tried launching the browsers as admin privileges to see if it would still launch. It will not it refuses to allow calls to this directory. That be... Read more

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Ok, so I ran into a real nasty trojan virus, that is now resolved and gone. However, when I went into the process of being able to resolve this issue a sticky byproduct was this permissions issue. This is how it happens, I download a video with Firefox or any browser Opera, IE whatever. Then after I have downloaded it into the proper location I can see it within the downloads list from the browser, should I double click to launch the video with WMV it will fail with that error "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item". However, should I open the directory and then launch from the true download location, rather in the list of the files within the browser download list it will launch fine. This is the problem I can utilize the programs directly launching them from explorer, however should I try and launch a program from inside another program it will fail to launch.

This is a Vista 64 bit installation, and I am pretty tech savvy individual. What I have tried thus far is to take owner ship of the directory since trusted installer was the owner previously. After I had done that I went into the permissions of the exe and sought to make sure that the file was open for everyone to be able to modify and have full control - it was. After that I also tried launching the browsers as admin privileges to see if it would still launch. It will not it refuses to allow calls to this directory. That ... Read more

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

Add Take Ownership to your context menu.

Download and permit registry merge - http://jcgriff2.com/0x2/takeown_icac...ows7_Vista.reg

Then RIGHT-click on folder in question, "Take Ownership"

If no-go - See if Hidden Admin user account can get to the files -

http://jcgriff2.com/0x1/Activate_Hidden_Admin.html

If Hidden Admin works, I suggest that you create a new user name, copy the files from old to new via Hidden Admin account, delete old user account; re-hide Admin account.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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Windows 2000 on 2 year old E Machine. Problem just started, yesterday. Whenever I click on some , but not all, of my shortcuts on desktop,, I will get a pop-up window that says, " Windows cannot access the specific device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to acceess this item ." A couple of shortcuts I can open & they work fine. My e mail program, Outlook Express, & Mailwasher, will not work at all. I, also, just noticed that I get the same message window, whenever I try to open some functuions of my computer, such as uninstall programs,,, system restore, & MANY others. I have checked & downloaded all updates, scanned & scanned for viruses, etc., but don't see anything. It will not allow me to even open up the " Hijack this" results , I just downloaded. Any help would be great appreciated. I am not a computer expert.
Thank you !
 

A:" Windows cannot access the specific device, path, or file, et al

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so i installed win 7 64bit and when i logged on for the very first time, i cant open my computer, control panel, access display settings, etc. everytime i click something, it gives me this error
"Windows cannot access the specified Device, Path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access this item".

please help, Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] &quot;Windows cannot access the specified Device, Path, or file. ON ALMOST EVERY

Nvm fixed, i made another account in safemode and then deleted the original and it all works now. please remove the thread.

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I downloaded a crack (yes, I know it was stupid and illegal on my part and I have deleted/uninstalled it T_T) and realized it could have virus/malware potential. So, right when it started, I used taskmanager to end it. Right after that, I saw that my Microsoft Security Essentials turned red and showed real-time protection off. Each time I click it, error code 0x80070005 pops up. I rebooted, same error. Also, my CCleaner shows this message, "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file". That same error pops up for both of my online games, CrossFire and Microvolts. I tried doing 4 system restores and they all came back saying an unspecified error. I tried doing a virus scan by downloading AVG, but during the installing process it said something about Windows Installer Service wasn't started, but I checked under services.msc and it said Windows Installer Service was started automatically but each time I reboot, Windows Installer doesn't start. So maybe the virus is affecting the Installer service, but I'm not too techy. Ive tried uninstalling all of those programs, but they all come back with the same error messages I listed.

Here is a link to the crack, I downloaded it, extracted and ran the .exe file for only like a second.

Also, I do not have any backup CDs,( T_T)

Plus, whenever I reboot, a message shows up that says iPod Module has been closed from DEP ( Data Execution Protection). I have no idea what to do about that

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A:Can't Run .exe Files "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file"

Hello 1337Killer,

I appreciate your candor in telling us how you got infected. Hopefully, you've learned an important lesson as you've picked up a real nasty one here. If you haven't already backed up any files that are important to you (as was recommended in our pre-posting topic), please do so before proceeding with the following instructions.

It will require more than 1 round to clean the system. Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seem to abate.


Download ComboFix from one of these locations:

Link 1
Link 2


* IMPORTANT- Save ComboFix.exe to your Desktop

====================================================


Disable your AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications as they will interfere with our tools and the removal. If you are unsure how to do this, please refer to our sticky topic How to disable your security applications


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Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.


When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Please include the C:\ComboFix.txt in your next reply for further review.

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Today I was trying to view some astronomy mpegs (supernova explosion animations) with my Windows Media Player (version 6). When I'd click on the link to play the mpeg, a d/l window popped up (first time thats happened) and once the d/l was complete, another window would pop up saying, "Access to specified device, path or file is denied". In all the years I've had this computer, that has never happened before when I wanted to view mpegs. This has just started happening out of the blue and I don't know why. I did check properties for WMP and made sure that under the secruity tab full access was being given to me as the administrator. My computer is a home PC and not on a network. Some help would be greatly apprecaited.
Thanks
Greg
 

A:Windows Media Player gets "Access to specified device, path or file is denied"

It may be something to do with the link/site rather than your player. Version 6 is also a bit more limited than later ones.
Can you post the link to see if someone else can view these animations?
 

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I am using windows 7.
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!

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

My initial suggestion would be to use System Restore and pick a restore point that is at least a few days old.

If this fails to work or is not possible (e.g., no restore points exist), then I suggest that you read the instructions for posting for malware removal help and post in the directed security forum. They will be able to help you and determine if your system has any sort of infections. Once they are finished, you can come back here for further help. Please note, the security forum gets very busy at time and there are a limited number of specialists able to help you, so patience may be needed.

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"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item." This comes up each time i click a program (like Malwarebytes). The computer is a windows XP, and has McAfee on it as an antivirus (which is probably going to be replaced with avast after all this). On the bottom right an annoying window keeps popping up saying "Your computer is infected!". I tried using an online scanner (like windows onecare) but everytime i google it and click it, my page is rerouted to some spam.

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

Hi, welcome to TSF!

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f50/...lp-305963.html

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the forum is very busy and if I don't hear from you within three days this thread will be closed.

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Gday fellas

My PC which is as a rule always left on, until I decide to reboot it, or an update comes in that requires a reboot, or I install or uninstall a programme. It has never given me any grief at being left on.

Over the past roughly three weeks, I am being forced to reboot, I keep getting "hiccups", for example I click on my desktop icon and nothing happens. Initially I thought it odd, but okay so I restarted the PC.

Now I am getting error messages "Windows cannot access specified device path or file".

My OS is installed on an SSD Vista Ultimate 32bit SP2.

As this problem started to become more frequent, I started to try and rule out causes.

I tested my RAM (nothing wrong)
I ran chkdsk (nothing wrong)
I went through my registry and deleted any old empty folders. The registry does not scare me, as I know when in doubt don't touch.
I ran MBAM followed Spybot, and then Superantispyware, all they found were basically cookies.
I use ESET Nod32 Smart Security 6.
I have also run Housecall's just to make sure Eset missed nothing, it didn't.

Now my PC cannot stay up and running for more than 24 - 36 hours before nothing responds and I am forced to restart it. Which I probably wouldn't so annoying, except for the fact I am buffering TV shows.

A:"Windows cannot access specified device path or file"

When does the referenced error message come up?

Are your power management settings consistant with leaving the system running continuously?

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Hey guys,
I think i have a major problem.
Since yesterday , after I uninstalled a few things including Internet Explorer and Windows genuine advantage, I have not been able to run any programs at all. It appears that internet explorer is still there now, despite uninstalling it with Revo uninstaller, but the security settings for it are gone.

I was/am running Windows XP Home Edition SP3, but i literally can not do anything at all
Is there a registry fix that will give me permission to fix this.

I have tried to run the installation CDs to reinstall windows but they wont boot, giving the message

"Windows cannot access the specified device,path or file, you may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item" for pretty much everything i try to do

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated

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Hello,

I recently had some issues with user accounts on my Windows 7 Pro 64-bit PC. I ended up having to make a new user account, I transferred everything from one user profile folder to the other (including AppData).

I started experiencing issues with Windows Explorer, when I would click on any folder, I would get the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I also got this when trying to access Control Panel from the Start Menu.

One other thing I noticed from this was that the WiFi connection icon in the notification area shows up as a Ethernet disconnected icon instead of WiFi connected.


I was able to fix this by manually by restarting Windows Explorer as an administrator, but the problem with that fix is that I must manually do this every time I start Windows.

Is there any fix for this? Thank you!

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

I have never found any benefit or advantage copying stuff to a new user account. Sad to say but in Windows you are better off to create a new user account, then install everything fresh.

Unless you can find an account migration tool that works. But I have never heard of one.

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If I switch user from my account(Admin) and log in to the other account that my family uses( Also Admin) they can't open .exe files like Firefox or Internet Explorer or MSN Messenger which work perfectly on my own account. This applies to other .exe files too . It's weird. I get the message:-
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the .... "

My specs are in my signature..
 

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

Are the programs installed for a single user account or are they global?
 

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I have a Dell dimension 5150. I can no longer access anything except the internet and view files. Everything comes up with the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." I am the only user of the computer and have Windows XP with SP2. I can't do a system restore either as it won't let me access that either. I don't have a whole lot of computer knowledge when it comes to stuff such as this. If you know what has caused this and what I can do to get back to normal operations it would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

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I have an access 2003 database that calls a VB6 module. The module starts and then I get a run-time error 75 path/file access error. I can execute the vb module outside of access but I have to run as administrator for it to work correctly. What can I fix so that the call from access will execute? I believe the issue is with comctl32.ocx and the status bar control inside the vb module.

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Hello All,
Strange things happened when I tried to access a NAS share using my windows 7 PC. 

Steps:

1. Access "\\ipaddress" and login in. -> success.

2. Click any folder listed  -> Error code: 0x80070035 The network path was not found.

3. Wait for a while. Click the folder again -> success.

However on other PCs, windows 7 or 8, I got no error. I tried the fixes proposed online and found that configuring "Windows Credential Manager" works for me. But no one explained why.

So I traced the packets in wireshark and found that the windows 7 client sent a strange smb2 packet to samba server after clicking the folder. 

The wrong message looks like "Tree Connect Request Tree: \\ipaddress". According to smb2 protocol, the tree connect function requires a buffer in the form "\\ip\sharename". Obviously, my PC sent a wrong message and got the error back.

Why my Windows 7 client sent the path without sharename, others don't?
How to avoid it?
If you need more info, please ask. 

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Hello everyone,
I am having a problem with my computer atm and will give you the story.
I have a 1 tb HD, installing a fresh install of Windows 7 using an upgrade disc and a very helpful tutorial, since I was unable to install it on the whole drive I had to partition it to a 50gig and the rest as a second drive named Z:\

A week ago the 50GB had filled up so I went about removing some files and wondered why some of my C:\ Users \ May name folders and files were seeming to appear on both my drives when I changed the initial location of all images/music/etc folders to Z:\
I thought if I moved the appdata which was some 10 gigs alone and went about changing the location to the Z:\ with no apparent issue.

A couple of days ago I went to bed with my computer on and woke up with it as if it had shutdown and restarted, I logged in and assumed it was an update thought if this was the case I'd get a popup saying it had updated. I got nothing, so I ran Avast and Malware bytes to see if it was a virus, nothing.

Then I noticed my local area connection icon is stuck with a permanent X on it, even thought I am connecting fine. Now this is the problem..if I click on a program it will open fine do the Admin privlidges thing which I say yes to and its ok. But if I try to open anything like My name/Documents/Pictures/ Music or anything to the right of the start menu I get this error:



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A:Windows cannot access the specified path or file Error.

Do I have to reinstall windows, I am just wondering as this problem is annoying me now and I have waited patiently for 6 days, please just tell me so I can get back to having a normal computer.

Thank you.

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This has happened with Windows 10 PRO and Windows 7 PRO now.

New PC, Fresh install of windows.  All updates, patches, fixes, etc.. installed.
I transfer the customers info from their OLD pc (windows 7 in one instance... windows vista in another)
After transfer the data IS accessible.  After reboot the data IS accessible...  after a few days "access denied" error. (permissions error)

I can move the same file to another location (folder) other than "documents" and the file will open fine.
I can transfer ALL The files to that location and the files will open fine.
IF I "move" the documents folder to the new location... after a day.... access denied (permissions error)
I am not doing anything that I haven't done over the last 10 years,... VERY FRUSTRATING.  I believe it is a windows update of some sort that is causing the problem but cannot pin it down.
Any assistance is GREATLY appreciated!

John

John Huber

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Every time IE8 wants to open a new window or tab I get this message:

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

The file referred to is shown in the title bar of the warning message as "C:PROGRA~1\Java\jre6\bin\ssvagent.exe". I have checked to make ure the file is present and its properties look OK.

Does anyone have a fix for this error message? (The windows do open normally once I click the OK button.)

Laurence

A:IE8 "cannot access specified device, path or file"

Well, it seems that the problem is related to java. It has something to do with java add-on.

You can go Tools > internet options > programs > manage add-ons and see if java add-on is enabled.

You can click here to download the latest java version and make sure you're using an admin account.
http://www.java.com/getjava/

if still same problem occurs, you can try to uninstall and reinstall IE8 and see if it will solve the problem.

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I have a Dell Pentium 4 (1.7MH) running Windows XP SP-2. When I trie and save a file from the command prompt using an application such as a text editor, or word processor (dos based) I received the above message. There is a box (from MS Edit) with buttons "retry" "cancel" "help". I clicked on help and this information was displayed:

Edit is unable to create or access the specified file, which might be due to the following reasons:

You may be trying to create or write to a file on a drive that is read-only, such as a CD-ROM or a read-only network drive.
You may be trying to overwrite a file that is read-only.
You may be trying to access a file that is locked by another user or program.
You may be trying to read or write to a directory name.

The situation is this: I can only save a file if I rename that file (using save as.) I've made sure that this happens with or without long file names. I've have 3 hard drive installed and the same thing happens on all the drives and in root and sub directories. I've used different DOS based programs in CMD.EXE console including MS Edit; Wordperfect 5.1; and PEDIT (among others) all showing the same behavior.

There is no problem in Windows based programs. I have not changed my environment variables, etc. The behavior was sudden and it's still continuing.

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A:CMD.EXE ERROR MESSAGE "Edit is unable to create or access the specified file"

You need to enclose the entire path and file name in quotes if there are any spaces in the path or file name.
 

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This occurs in Vista on a new Viao laptop when trying to run a proggy written for windows. Apparently Vista lacks csrastl.ocx which I have copied from this XP home machine and registered it in Vista windows/system32. The install proggy was deliberately modified to take account for this but the situation has now changed and that peeps is no longer available to help.

Is there a quick and easy answer?
cheers
Lil
 

A:Solved: Error 75 in RS Home, Path/File access error

I had a query up on another forum where this has been answered.

The software had been written for earlier versions of windows so Vista did not have an appropriate file in its registry. Copying, pasting and registering this file in Windows system32 with the AUC switched off and a modified proggy downloaded and installed has done the trick. This problem and another has kept me busy all the weekend.
Cheers everybody.
Lil
 

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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
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A: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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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.

A: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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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
 

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

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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.
 

A: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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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!

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

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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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