Windows cannot access......

By ihor43us ·
Running windows XP with 1G memory and lots of C disk space with Admin privileges.

Get "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, of file. You man not have the qppropriate permissions to access the item."

With stuff like Word, XL etc if I try a few times it eventually opens OK. With downloads no way.

I just downloaded printer drivers off the HP site and now cannot open to install.

Any and all help appreciated.

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Using Trend Anti-virus?

by robo_dev In reply to Windows cannot access.... ...

The solution is to go into the Console and click on Virus and Spyware Control. Then click on Suspicious software alarm system, go to the exception list and allow explorer.exe or any other common files that might have been denied.

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Files are being blocked...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Windows cannot access.... ...

by an anti-virus program or firewall.
If you are on a network, check with your network administrator to see if you have the proper permissions set up for your profile to open or use such files.

Provide more detailed information and perhaps someone here can be of more help.

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Windows cannot access......

by ihor43us In reply to Files are being blocked.. ...

Thanks for the suggestions....

I am the Admin....should have all the permissions needed(?)

The fact that I can overcome the "block" by repeatedly starting Microsoft Word or Exel or Adobe(sometimes I have to go and start from Program files) makes it seem more like a resource issue rather than a virus (checked Console - nothing - thanks).

Puzzling why repeated attempts will not work with downloads. Had same issue when I downloaded Powerpoint Viewer - finally gave up. But I must have the HP drivers.

What other data can I provide Capt'n?

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Things to try...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Windows cannot access.... ...

1. Right-click the file and check Properties. Make sure it is not 'Blocked' in the Attributes section.

2. Try disabling or uninstalling any firewalls and Anti-virus programs. Typically, temporarily disabling the Services (in services.msc) and rebooting should be sufficient to test rather than uninstalling.

Do the problem files all share a common file extension or if not, what file types appear to be effected?

<edited for blasted typos>

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Windows cannot access.....

by ihor43us In reply to Things to try...

Thanks Capt'n.

1. Attributes OK.

2. Going to disable all anti-virus......will take some time.

This effects ONLY .exe files.

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Additional note...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Things to try...

This may not apply since the error messages are different, but I thought I'd pass it along anyway since it fixed a similar issue I had a few years ago.
Perhaps some of the steps may pertain.

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Windows can't access.. THANKS got it

by ihor43us In reply to Additional note...

Thanks Capt'n. It was the Spyware Doctor. Stopped "OnGuard" and everything was OK.


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Glad to hear it...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Windows can't access.. TH ...

Good to hear it was something relatively simple.

* It is greatly appreciated if you tag all useful responses as 'Helpful' by opening those posts and clicking the 'Mark Helpful' button at the bottom. That way, people with a similar situation in the future will be able to quickly see what ultimately helped. Thanks.

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Try running

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

Task Manager. See if you get the following error-"Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator".

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Windows cannot access.....

by ihor43us In reply to Try running

Task manager OK.

Thanks Blue.

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