Installed Windows 7 and now I can't access anything

By terry5880
Apr 21, 2012
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  1. hi all had code purple so bought new hard drive put in then installed win7 ultimate now on desktop i cant click nothing like my computer or control panel etc it keeps saying Explorer.EXE then windows cannot access the specified device path or file. you may not havethe appropriate permissions to access the item . internet in task bar also has red cross over it please help

    just bit more info i installed 64bit but only 2 gig ram could that b why now gonna go do it again in 32 bit/?
  2. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    hi sorry pll tried 32 bit ultimate too and still same so now tried home premium 32bit and its working so pls can someone tell me what the problem is thank you
  3. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    help help help pleaseeeeeee
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Settle down dude, its the weekend and all 3 of your posts in this thread are within a 25 hour period.

    Did you format the drive before installing? Or did you install over an existing install? You can try to take ownership, but this is NOT normal behavior for a clean install.
  5. terry5880

    terry5880 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 321

    hi thanks . its a brand new drive as my other one got code purple , i installed win7 ultimate 64bit and got that message so tried again with 32but and goit that message so then tried win7 home 32bit and it working fine . i think cant install 64 bit as only have 2gig ram but dont understand y it done that with ultimate 32 bit
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    first, do you have a 32 or 64 bit based system? Most CPUs today are 64bit capable, but if it is an older system then you may not be able to. Second, ALWAYS do a fresh install. This means FORMAT the hard drive clean and install the new OS fresh. 64 bit is preferred and will run faster assuming you meet the hardware requirements.

    ensure you have all the drivers handy for all your peripherals. Windows will try to locate the latest drivers automatically during an update, but it may not find all of them.

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