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

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"
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zippybungle2003Commented:
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.
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pasoloCommented:
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.
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Cats_EyeCommented:
What version of Windows are you running?
Try taking "Ownership" of the folders you are trying to access (Right Click | Properties)
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ManneAuthor Commented:
windows xp professional
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Cats_EyeCommented:
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
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ManneAuthor Commented:
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