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Windows cannot access the specified device path or file

By Jlat ยท 8 replies
Jan 9, 2006
  1. Hello all ,

    I have WInXp pro , and I get this messgae when I try to open some problematic EXE file :
    "windows cannot access the specified device path or file "

    Why problematic? Because AVG has detected it as Trojan horse. Although
    I have to use this file and succeded to open it on other computer with WinXP.
    I am planning to use this file only when I need to and then delete it.

    What can I do? :blush:

    I logged in as Administrator but no nothing.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    What is the .exe file in question?

    Seems to me that if AVG says the file is a trojan, you`re asking for trouble by not getting rid of it.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. Jlat

    Jlat TS Rookie Topic Starter


    You might be right but I have run it other computer with no problem.

    Is there any solution for that?
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Please tell us what the.exe file is. Then we may be able to help you further.

    I still advise you to get rid of it.

    Why would you want to hang on to a trojan?

    Regards Howard :)
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    thats wierd
    use it once and delete?? are we pulling on something
    and does not say the file name like ???
    where ever you got it from go get it again the orignal is probably corrupted
  6. traywolf

    traywolf TS Rookie

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

    I've been searching for two days for a solution to this problem. I finally figured out what I believe is the definitive answer and I wanted to share it here.

    Symptoms: WinXP Home computer (where you can't turn off Simple File Sharing) trying to connect to a WinXP Pro computer. The Share, as defined on the XP Pro computer appears correctly; you can browse folders, etc., but notice that none of your icons resolve properly; ie; XLS files do not show with an XL icon. If you try to copy or open any file on the share, you get the ~ message.

    From the Hosting computer (where the SHARE was defined) - and only available on WinXP Professional:
    1. Select the Share, Properties, [Security]tab.
    2. Highlight [Users], click [Advanced]
    3. Locate the [Users] Special Permisisons line

    Add these "Allow" attributes:
    [x] Traverse Folder / Execute File
    [x] List Folder / Read Data

    If this is a secured folder, consider adding these "Deny" attributes:
    [x] Create Files / Write Data
    [x] Create Folders / Append Data

    If the hosting computer is Windows XP Home, the inability to turn off "Simple File Sharing" is a curse that we will all have to live with. I do not have a solution for this scenerio.

  7. vampredator

    vampredator TS Rookie


    Based on your reply: If the exe file was acquired through a file sharing program or site (i.e. Limewire) and the uploader neglected to set that selection, would the file be relatively useless?​
  8. traywolf

    traywolf TS Rookie

    If I had downloaded an EXE from LiveWire or another file-sharing site, I'd be suspicious of the file and would trust my virus scanning software (if I read previous threads properly, the exe was being flagged).

    When I wrote the solution I found, it was for a trusted exe.
  9. Munckis

    Munckis TS Rookie Posts: 18

    As far as I am aware, or rather last I knew you can still turn off simple file sharing in windows xp home edition, just has to be done so in Safe Mode, and can be done just as you would with XP Pro.
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