Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device, Path, or File Error FIX


“Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File. Not Appropriate Permission Error”

The error message, “Windows cannot access the specified device path or file”, is very common. Lots of Windows 10/8/7 users receive the error when they try to install, update or start a program or open a file, for example, a Word file, PDF file.

You may receive the exact error when trying to start a program or open a file on your Windows computer. Apparently, simply gaining the required permission doesn’t solve the error effectively, that’s why so many people are posting the same question and asking further help from Microsoft support and some prevailing forums.

So, what are the possible reasons that make Windows fail to access the specified device, path or file as normal? Why don’t you currently have permission to access the folder? What sensible suggestions should you follow to make sure that you don’t necessarily lose programs and files?

This tutorial will apply for computers, laptops, desktops,and tablets running the Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 operating systems.Works for all major computer manufactures (Dell, HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo, Samsung).


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  2. I get this when i try to open Device manager, display adapter properties (and most system settings that require admin perms)
    any solutions?

  3. I cannot make anything work
    Using Windows XP [ i know, ]
    error: windows cannot access the specified device, path or file, You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

    I get this on everything
    add/remove programs

  4. Mine is worked
    But there is another problem
    "windows can't find the file specified"
    Poor me i just want to play counter strike


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