Windows cannot access the specified device error ... HELP

By AKHandyman ·
I am getting this error on my machine and I don't know how to get past it. No matter what I do, I cannot access a device, drive, or file or whatever! I can't even load a program from my CD drive for diagnostics ... anyone know what the heck this is?

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That is a very specific message

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows cannot access the ...

Telling you that whatever it is you are trying to access is no longer available for whatever reason.

If you are getting this on every attempt to do anything at all then the system is horribly corrupt. Though I'm at a loss as to why you are unable to use a CD to perform Diagnostics as any Live CD is OS Independent and should work if you boot from it. If it doesn't then you have some Serious Hardware issues that need to be delt with.


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Well this is crazy

by AKHandyman In reply to That is a very specific m ...

I can access things in Safe mode but when I go into Windows normally, I can't access drives, anything in the Control Panel, and I can't even shut down Windows normally. I have to use the Taskmanger to shut down or restart. I seem to remember something of this nature years ago, but I now can't find the solution. Any direction would be appreciated.

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Try this for a start

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows cannot access the ...

It appears that you may have a software problem. Boot into Safe Mode and run msconfig following the instructions in one of these articles depending on what Operating System that you are using. It will be a process of elimination by enabling one or two items at a time unless you have recently installed any software.
How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state

How to use the System Configuration utility to troubleshoot configuration errors in Windows Vista
<i>Keep us informed as to your progress if you require further assistance.

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Fixed it!

by AKHandyman In reply to Try this for a start

I am not sure what the culprit was at this point, but I did a system restore and then updated my AV and Comodo Firewall Pro. Did a registry clean with Advance Registry Doctor and CCleaner. I am keeping an eye on the MS updates as I suspect that that was the problem. Which update? I don't know, but I just went back to a day before a slew of updates had been installed. I thank you for your kind attention.

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The good ole

by Jacky Howe In reply to Fixed it!

System Restore, where would we be without it.

Glad to hear that you are up and running.

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Just remember to scan the system

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Fixed it!

With a AV and Malware Scanner in Safe Mode to double check that you have no infections.

If this was the result of an infection it will reacquire and next time may not be as easy to get out of.

If you don't have a AV Scanner you can use AVG Free


For Malware use Malware Bytes


And Spy Bot S&amp


Downlkoad the above install them and then update as required. Reboot the system in Safe Mode and scan it for infections.


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