cannot open folders

Posted on 2011-09-27
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
whenever a folder is clicked on I get an access error:
Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item

The user is an administrator on the local machine.  This does not happen on the other local admin account.  I also attempted to give the user access directly to explorer.exe, didnt work.  

I also cleared spyware and did a virus scan.  Any ideas?

Question by:ericsberr
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 66

Expert Comment

ID: 36711069
Look in here.....


Is the Default Value anything besides Explorer.exe?

I would run this.....

Restore Default Windows 7 File Extension Type Associations

Select the one for "Folder"....
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

jcimarron earned 500 total points
ID: 36711743
ericsberr--Does the access error window have the option to "Continue"?  If so, click on it.
If that does not help, are you using this procedure to get ownership?
You can see johnb6767 and I have each interpreted your question quite differently.  Perhaps post a screenshot of the access window.
LVL 66

Expert Comment

ID: 36714331

Indeed.... 2 heads are better than one at least....

Author Comment

ID: 36716848
jcimarron, that is what i meant when I said I attempted to give the user access to explorer.exe directly.  I did make sure that he had full control of that program.
Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

LVL 50

Expert Comment

ID: 36717955
johnb6767--Looks like your interpretation is the correct one.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 36719239
He had full access, but not ownership.  that did it.
LVL 50

Expert Comment

ID: 36719357
ericsberr--Glad to hear that all is well.
LVL 66

Expert Comment

ID: 36720682
Reason I suggested what I did, is that alot of infections will hijack a filetype association (including "Folder") with an .exe path and the actual value supposed to be in the registry. You do not notice it until you remove the viral file. Once the file is removed, you get teh message above....

Glad you are fixed....

Featured Post

Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

Question has a verified solution.

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

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Lost sound on my Windows 7 PC 3 31
How to search text in Word documents in Windows 10 3 42
Server Error 11 47
Flashplayer.hta Download 1 28
You may have a outside contractor who comes in once a week or seasonal to do some work in your office but you only want to give him access to the programs and files he needs and keep privet all other documents and programs, can you do this on a loca…
By default the complete memory dump option is disabled in windows . If we want to enable the complete memory dump for a diagnostic purpose, we have a solution for it. here we are using the registry method to enable this.
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to change your appearance and customize your Windows 7 interface to your unique preference. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
This Micro Tutorial well show you how to find and replace special characters in Microsoft Word. This is similar to carriage returns to convert columns of values from Microsoft Excel into comma separated lists.

930 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

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

8 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now