Questions

Windows cannot access specified device, path or file...

Tags:
+
0 Votes
Locked

Windows cannot access specified device, path or file...

branty1970
I have a problem that has developed on my user account. When I try to open any EXE file or MDB file on a network drive I get the following message.

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

I can open other file types without a problem - even files in the same folders as the problem files.

I've double checked the permissions and I have full control on all the files in the folder.

I've run a full virus scan on the machine and there are no viruses (the pattern file and engine are up-to-date).

I've scanned the machine with the latest versions of Windows Defender, SpyBot and AdAware.

I've checked the problem from another machine and it follows the user account.

If I copy the file to a local (C:) folder I can run it without any problems.

I'm pulling my hair out with this one. Has anyone got any other ideas??

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP2 with all the latest patches and fixes.
  • +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    Hi Branty1970,

    I had a similar issue on a network setup. It turned out to be a ZoneAlarm firewall setting.
    Check file type permissions in the firewall(s).

    +
    0 Votes
    branty1970

    OK, I've managed to show it's definitely a profile issue but I cannot find the cause. So here's the solution I came up with.

    Backup the profile from the server.
    Rename the original user account.
    Create new user account with same user name.
    Logon - this creates a new profile.
    Check that the problem has gone away.
    Copy parts of the original profile I can't do without back into the new one (internet and mail setup).
    Final check that everything works OK.

    I've only found one problem so far. The original issue seems to have stopped the desktop from synchronising with the server. The work I'd done and saved on the desktop was lost when I deleted the original profile from the workstation! Fortunately not too much, but a pain anyway.

    +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    If user privileges are set right, I have seen that message when a AV program or firewall is blocking access. But I'm sure you've checked that thoroughly.
    I'm just wondering... were the files in question originally copied from another drive?
    Right click on the file and choose "Properties" and look to the bottom of the "General" tab. Here you should find an "Unblock" button provided to allow normal access to the file.
    This will also cause the error message you're getting. This is due to a flag placed on the file as a result of being moved from another computer or network.

    BTW.. files saved to the desktop will be lost when a restore is performed as well.

    +
    0 Votes
    darren5972

    That sorted my problem, thank-you

    +
    0 Votes
    hisham_m_farid

    Thanks a lot, it was new to me, and works.

    +
    0 Votes
    markrosoft57

    Thank you so much. I had the same problem and that saved me alot of headache.

    Have a great weekend.

    +
    0 Votes
    lal

    @CaptBilly1Eye

    Thanks! Your solution solved my problem. I had copied the installation files from some other computer and I was getting Access Denied message. Ublocking the file, sorted out the problem.

    +
    0 Votes
    tverdey

    The problem is Internet Explore 7, but I don't know how to fix it without having to reinstall and not use IE v7.

    +
    0 Votes
    amigoaria

    Hi,

    I just added the network drive to the trusted sites list, you can find it from tools\internet options, then select the security tab.

    Hope that solve it for you too :)

    +
    0 Votes
    deanna.leimbach

    I am having this same issue and I also believe it has something to do with IE7 because I didn't have the problem until I upgraded. I tried adding my network drive to the trusted sites list in IE but that didn't solve my problem.

    Anybody have any other suggestions?
    Deanna

    +
    0 Votes
    VWCanuck

    I had this same issue, I just added the entire server path to the trusted sites in IE7, then everything worked normal.
    In trusted sites i added
    \\servername\

    Then it showed up as file:\\servername in the list (obviously)

    ...hope that helps someone...

    +
    0 Votes
    gunnar_nils

    That did it! Thanks again.

    +
    0 Votes
    micokeman

    It works wonderfully!

    +
    0 Votes
    jerry

    Wow that has just saved my sanity. Thanks very much!

    +
    0 Votes
    david.stevens

    Thank you so much VWCanuck. I hadn't realised there was a link between IE7 and network file access.

    +
    0 Votes
    ezakiall

    It worked for me.Thanks dude!

    +
    0 Votes
    punky_pops

    How do I know what my server name is?

    Thanks

    +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    Got ot Start - Run.
    Type 'cmd' (without quotes).
    Click Ok.
    At the command prompt, type 'set' (also without quotes).
    User Domain.
    DNS Domain.
    You can then ping by that name for the IP address. - at command prompt, type 'ping [server name]'.

    +
    0 Votes
    ComputerVic

    I have a 2003R2 Terminal Server. Some users were able to run an application from the server and others could not. This thread maade me realize that new users could not run the application because they were added after ie7.
    Thank you VWCanuk!

    +
    0 Votes
    jorcge_fava

    THANKS IT WORKS!!

    +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    You either need to read the entire thread or create your own question in the forum.

    Click on 'Forums' at the top of this page and then select the Questions tab. From there, click on "New Question."

    Remember to include as much detail on your issue as possible including details on your operating environment.

    The more info you provide, the better chance you will have of getting a quick and accurate resolution.

    ..but saying "wat do I do" will typically result in nothing but laughs.
    :-)

    +
    0 Votes
    NexS

    No-one likes zombiefied, necroposting scum!!!
    Bwahahaha!

    +
    0 Votes
    Ocean1

    remember to put the https:// in front of the drive letter that's how i did it and it worked.

    +
    0 Votes
    MicheleJ

    Adding the network drive to the trusted list resolved the issue.
    Thank You!

    +
    0 Votes
    bigdog306smhs

    ok i am having the same warning but it is when i am downloading a file and i want to open the file instead of downloading it. IE will just not open the file. HELP PLEASE!

    +
    0 Votes
    NaughtyMonkey

    There is a setting in internet options advanced tab to not allow encrypted files be saved to disk. Uncheck this box.

    +
    0 Votes
    pthavikulwat

    Discovered problem after updating to 8.5.0i version. Bring up the VirusScan Console, right click Access Protection, select Properties, Report tab, click View Log button. Scroll down to the end. Look for "Action Blocked" for your application. If you see it, you got it. Return to Access Protection tab, click the Category and Rule tagged in the log (Common Standard Protection: Prevent ... from running), click Edit, and rub out iexplore.exe and other programs that it has choked off.

    Stupid! McAfee should have the sense to let the user know whenever it does this sort of thing.

    +
    0 Votes

    EFS

    bhatnagar_nitin

    ...

    +
    0 Votes

    EFS

    bhatnagar_nitin

    Seems to me as files are encrypted on network machine. Try decrypting them on the nw'd m/c and then access it. For decrypting, just right-click and select decrypt. If it's an encrypted one, then it will work for sure.

    +
    0 Votes
    jpadgett

    This is IE7 related as others indicated. Open IE7's Internet Options, go to Security tab, Custom Level button, and set "Launching applications and unsafe files" to enable or prompt (located at bottom third of settings list).

    +
    0 Votes
    deanna.leimbach

    This fixed my issue. Thanks for the help.
    Deanna

    +
    0 Votes

    This work! Thanks for your help :)

    +
    0 Votes
    shawn.reinhard

    If high security is desired, check the properties of the executable. On the general tab below attributes you will see an unblock button. Click unblok and the file/executable will be available

    +
    0 Votes
    shawn.reinhard

    If high security is desired, check the properties of the executable. On the general tab below attributes you will see an unblock button. Click unblok and the file/executable will be available

    +
    0 Votes
    Posler

    Adding the servers to the trusted sites list did not work for me. I was logged in as domain admin. If I logged on as local admin, I could launch the file. Even after apply specific permissions, the file still would not launch. After selecting UNBLOCK, the file finally launched. All great ideas presented, but this is the one that worked for me. Thanks again.

    +
    0 Votes
    Sue T

    I had the same problem and found that I have to actually right click on it and say RUN AS and enter an administrator username and password. Even though I was already on the computer with administrator rights. Hope this helps.

    +
    0 Votes
    greg.gutierrez

    Tried just about everything posted on this thread. this was the only one that worked.

    thanks for the post.

    +
    0 Votes
    tr-gtn

    I fixed this same problem on my PC by:

    1. Go to: Control Panel > Internet Options
    2. select "Security" tab
    3. select "Local intranet"
    4. select "sites"
    5. uncheck "Automatically detect intranet
    network" (leave other options checked)

    This actually looks like it shouldn't make a difference, but it fixed it for me.

    I've updated this post because I originally left out step 4, above.

    +
    0 Votes
    daniel

    Thanks

    i had the same problem and it worked for me

    D.

  • +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    Hi Branty1970,

    I had a similar issue on a network setup. It turned out to be a ZoneAlarm firewall setting.
    Check file type permissions in the firewall(s).

    +
    0 Votes
    branty1970

    OK, I've managed to show it's definitely a profile issue but I cannot find the cause. So here's the solution I came up with.

    Backup the profile from the server.
    Rename the original user account.
    Create new user account with same user name.
    Logon - this creates a new profile.
    Check that the problem has gone away.
    Copy parts of the original profile I can't do without back into the new one (internet and mail setup).
    Final check that everything works OK.

    I've only found one problem so far. The original issue seems to have stopped the desktop from synchronising with the server. The work I'd done and saved on the desktop was lost when I deleted the original profile from the workstation! Fortunately not too much, but a pain anyway.

    +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    If user privileges are set right, I have seen that message when a AV program or firewall is blocking access. But I'm sure you've checked that thoroughly.
    I'm just wondering... were the files in question originally copied from another drive?
    Right click on the file and choose "Properties" and look to the bottom of the "General" tab. Here you should find an "Unblock" button provided to allow normal access to the file.
    This will also cause the error message you're getting. This is due to a flag placed on the file as a result of being moved from another computer or network.

    BTW.. files saved to the desktop will be lost when a restore is performed as well.

    +
    0 Votes
    darren5972

    That sorted my problem, thank-you

    +
    0 Votes
    hisham_m_farid

    Thanks a lot, it was new to me, and works.

    +
    0 Votes
    markrosoft57

    Thank you so much. I had the same problem and that saved me alot of headache.

    Have a great weekend.

    +
    0 Votes
    lal

    @CaptBilly1Eye

    Thanks! Your solution solved my problem. I had copied the installation files from some other computer and I was getting Access Denied message. Ublocking the file, sorted out the problem.

    +
    0 Votes
    tverdey

    The problem is Internet Explore 7, but I don't know how to fix it without having to reinstall and not use IE v7.

    +
    0 Votes
    amigoaria

    Hi,

    I just added the network drive to the trusted sites list, you can find it from tools\internet options, then select the security tab.

    Hope that solve it for you too :)

    +
    0 Votes
    deanna.leimbach

    I am having this same issue and I also believe it has something to do with IE7 because I didn't have the problem until I upgraded. I tried adding my network drive to the trusted sites list in IE but that didn't solve my problem.

    Anybody have any other suggestions?
    Deanna

    +
    0 Votes
    VWCanuck

    I had this same issue, I just added the entire server path to the trusted sites in IE7, then everything worked normal.
    In trusted sites i added
    \\servername\

    Then it showed up as file:\\servername in the list (obviously)

    ...hope that helps someone...

    +
    0 Votes
    gunnar_nils

    That did it! Thanks again.

    +
    0 Votes
    micokeman

    It works wonderfully!

    +
    0 Votes
    jerry

    Wow that has just saved my sanity. Thanks very much!

    +
    0 Votes
    david.stevens

    Thank you so much VWCanuck. I hadn't realised there was a link between IE7 and network file access.

    +
    0 Votes
    ezakiall

    It worked for me.Thanks dude!

    +
    0 Votes
    punky_pops

    How do I know what my server name is?

    Thanks

    +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    Got ot Start - Run.
    Type 'cmd' (without quotes).
    Click Ok.
    At the command prompt, type 'set' (also without quotes).
    User Domain.
    DNS Domain.
    You can then ping by that name for the IP address. - at command prompt, type 'ping [server name]'.

    +
    0 Votes
    ComputerVic

    I have a 2003R2 Terminal Server. Some users were able to run an application from the server and others could not. This thread maade me realize that new users could not run the application because they were added after ie7.
    Thank you VWCanuk!

    +
    0 Votes
    jorcge_fava

    THANKS IT WORKS!!

    +
    0 Votes
    CaptBilly1Eye

    You either need to read the entire thread or create your own question in the forum.

    Click on 'Forums' at the top of this page and then select the Questions tab. From there, click on "New Question."

    Remember to include as much detail on your issue as possible including details on your operating environment.

    The more info you provide, the better chance you will have of getting a quick and accurate resolution.

    ..but saying "wat do I do" will typically result in nothing but laughs.
    :-)

    +
    0 Votes
    NexS

    No-one likes zombiefied, necroposting scum!!!
    Bwahahaha!

    +
    0 Votes
    Ocean1

    remember to put the https:// in front of the drive letter that's how i did it and it worked.

    +
    0 Votes
    MicheleJ

    Adding the network drive to the trusted list resolved the issue.
    Thank You!

    +
    0 Votes
    bigdog306smhs

    ok i am having the same warning but it is when i am downloading a file and i want to open the file instead of downloading it. IE will just not open the file. HELP PLEASE!

    +
    0 Votes
    NaughtyMonkey

    There is a setting in internet options advanced tab to not allow encrypted files be saved to disk. Uncheck this box.

    +
    0 Votes
    pthavikulwat

    Discovered problem after updating to 8.5.0i version. Bring up the VirusScan Console, right click Access Protection, select Properties, Report tab, click View Log button. Scroll down to the end. Look for "Action Blocked" for your application. If you see it, you got it. Return to Access Protection tab, click the Category and Rule tagged in the log (Common Standard Protection: Prevent ... from running), click Edit, and rub out iexplore.exe and other programs that it has choked off.

    Stupid! McAfee should have the sense to let the user know whenever it does this sort of thing.

    +
    0 Votes

    EFS

    bhatnagar_nitin

    ...

    +
    0 Votes

    EFS

    bhatnagar_nitin

    Seems to me as files are encrypted on network machine. Try decrypting them on the nw'd m/c and then access it. For decrypting, just right-click and select decrypt. If it's an encrypted one, then it will work for sure.

    +
    0 Votes
    jpadgett

    This is IE7 related as others indicated. Open IE7's Internet Options, go to Security tab, Custom Level button, and set "Launching applications and unsafe files" to enable or prompt (located at bottom third of settings list).

    +
    0 Votes
    deanna.leimbach

    This fixed my issue. Thanks for the help.
    Deanna

    +
    0 Votes

    This work! Thanks for your help :)

    +
    0 Votes
    shawn.reinhard

    If high security is desired, check the properties of the executable. On the general tab below attributes you will see an unblock button. Click unblok and the file/executable will be available

    +
    0 Votes
    shawn.reinhard

    If high security is desired, check the properties of the executable. On the general tab below attributes you will see an unblock button. Click unblok and the file/executable will be available

    +
    0 Votes
    Posler

    Adding the servers to the trusted sites list did not work for me. I was logged in as domain admin. If I logged on as local admin, I could launch the file. Even after apply specific permissions, the file still would not launch. After selecting UNBLOCK, the file finally launched. All great ideas presented, but this is the one that worked for me. Thanks again.

    +
    0 Votes
    Sue T

    I had the same problem and found that I have to actually right click on it and say RUN AS and enter an administrator username and password. Even though I was already on the computer with administrator rights. Hope this helps.

    +
    0 Votes
    greg.gutierrez

    Tried just about everything posted on this thread. this was the only one that worked.

    thanks for the post.

    +
    0 Votes
    tr-gtn

    I fixed this same problem on my PC by:

    1. Go to: Control Panel > Internet Options
    2. select "Security" tab
    3. select "Local intranet"
    4. select "sites"
    5. uncheck "Automatically detect intranet
    network" (leave other options checked)

    This actually looks like it shouldn't make a difference, but it fixed it for me.

    I've updated this post because I originally left out step 4, above.

    +
    0 Votes
    daniel

    Thanks

    i had the same problem and it worked for me

    D.