?
Solved

"windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file, or you may not have the appropriate permissions"

Posted on 2011-02-11
6
Medium Priority
?
633 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
when installing software or uninstall software and when when trying to open properties of my computer and when opening the adobe document......etc.,  the system generates the error message .
 "windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file, or you may not have the appropriate permissions"
0
Comment
Question by:Manne
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
6 Comments
 
LVL 5

Expert Comment

by:zippybungle2003
ID: 34869626
Sounds like when software was installed the software was installed from a drive that is not there anymore, either a network drive or a local drive that has changed drive letters.
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:pasolo
ID: 34869740
Turn off antivirus (or firewall) and see if it works.
If you unistalled the antivirus, check if you need to make a commplete uninstall by running some software you need to download from the manufacturer.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:Cats_Eye
ID: 34870052
What version of Windows are you running?
Try taking "Ownership" of the folders you are trying to access (Right Click | Properties)
0
Get proactive database performance tuning online

At Percona’s web store you can order full Percona Database Performance Audit in minutes. Find out the health of your database, and how to improve it. Pay online with a credit card. Improve your database performance now!

 

Author Comment

by:Manne
ID: 34870143
windows xp professional
0
 
LVL 1

Accepted Solution

by:
Cats_Eye earned 2000 total points
ID: 34870191
Is the user the administrator on the machine?  If not, logon as administrator and enable that.  If they ARE, try this:
1.Open Windows Explorer, and then locate the file or folder you want to take ownership of.
2.Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
3.Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
4.In the Change owner to box, click the new owner
5.(Optional) To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.

Good luck
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Manne
ID: 34924862
Thanks
0

Featured Post

Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The password reset disk is often mentioned as the best solution to deal with the lost Windows password problem. In Windows 2008, 7, Vista and XP, a password reset disk can be easily created. But besides Windows 7/Vista/XP, Windows Server 2008 and ot…
The canonical version of this article is on my web site here: http://iconoun.com/articles/collisions/ A companion presentation is available here: http://iconoun.com/articles/collisions/Unicode_Presentation.pdf
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
The viewer will learn how to create two correlated normally distributed random variables in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on different levels of investment in each of the two funds over a period of ten years, and, create a …

764 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question