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“Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.”

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I recently asked if anyone wanted to Beta my new deep web-searching app TopicCrunch.

In the course of testing I found something that most users probably know about, but I didn’t. A user said that after he saved the installer from the email I sent it on, he couldn’t run it.  He kept getting the message:
“Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.  You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.”

Then, guess what? I got a jpg attachment attached to an email that gave the same message.  I eventually looked at the Properties for the file, and there was an item there that I haven’t seen before.

At the foot of the General Tab on the Properties panel, there’s an item “Security:  This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer.”  Then there’s a button   [Unblock].  I clicked Unblock and then the file would open.

I can only guess that Microsoft must have pushed this change out in a recent Windows Update.


  1. Jeff Denny says:

    You are a legend Roy.

    Thanks so much for the advice. I had the same problem which must have come with one of the recent Windows updates, because it only started happening after I did a widows update that comes out every so often.

    I have been searching the web for about a week and looking at all the multiple problems that seem to be connected with the same windows error message… none of which were any help to me at all.

    The thing I loved about your solution was, it was just so simple a solution that a complete idiot could carry out the work.

    As a result I’ve saved this site as a favorite for any future problem solutions.

    Thanks. Jeff