Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file fix

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When trying to open a file or program, the message "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file“Mistake quite often. There could be several reasons why you should see this error, for example if you are not the administrator and therefore do not have access permission, if the file is damaged, hidden or deleted by a third party antivirus, the link from the application is damaged, third-party antivirus may be blocking files, or Windows is blocking files.



While you can try to disable third party antivirus software and see if the error is resolved, you can also try the following methods to fix the errorWindows cannot access the specified device, path or file"Error. Let's see how.

Method 1: checking the location of the file

The file can only be opened if you insert the removable drive that contains the file. Therefore, if the removable drive is not available, the path may be displayed incorrectly and the error will be displayed when you try to open a file without it. So, check if it shows the correct position.

Step 1: Right-click the file or folder showing the error and select Property from the menu.

Step 2: A Property window under the general tab, go to Location and check if it shows the correct path and if it is accessible.

If the path is incorrect or not available, insert the removable drive to access the file.

However, if the path is correct and it still doesn't work, you can try to unlock the file.


Method 2: unlock the file

Step 1: Right-click the file or folder showing the error and select Property from the menu.


Step 2: A Property window under the general tab, go to Safety bottom section.

Check the box next to Chiaro.

print To apply and so ok per salvare I modified it.

This should correct the error and you can now open the desired file or folder without any problem; however, if the problem persists, you can try changing the permission to Administrator.

Method 3: Change File / Folder Permissions in Administrator

Before proceeding with the solution, be sure to check the permissions of the file / folder.

Step 1: Right-click the file or folder showing the error and select Property from the menu.

Step 2: A Property dialog box, select the file Safety tab and go to the Group or usernames field.

Now select your name under it and click change.


Step 3: A Permissions dialog box, go to SYSTEM permissions section below and check if the desired permissions have been checked in the file to allow column.

4 phase: If you notice that the boxes below the to allow column are not selected, it means you need to set permissions.

print ok to return to Safety tab on Property window and click Advanced.


Step 5: A Advanced security settings window, go to Owner section and click Modify.

Step 6: So in Select user or group dialog box, press the button Advanced button below.

Step 7: In the next window, go to Common questions section and click Find now.

It will generate the file Search Results below. Select the Directors count and press ok.

Step 8: Now back in Advanced security settings window under the Permissions tab, click Disable inheritance on background.

Step 9: A Block inheritance window, select Convert inheritance permissions in explicit permissions on this object.

Step 10: Now under the Allow entries, If you see Negare close Authenticated users, double click to open it.

Step 11: In the next window, go to generally field and set it to to allow.

print ok per salvare I modified it.

Step 12: Back into Advanced security settings window, press To apply and so ok to save changes and exit.

Now you can try to open the file or folder and it should open with some error.

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