How to Fix “Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File”

Have you ever encountered this error “Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File” while accessing files on your PC? While there can be multiple reasons for this error to pop up while using Windows 10, probably the most probable one would be the file permission issue. This really is specifically possible if you’re accessing files on your PC from the networked drive or external drive. When you are accessing files from another PC, then you will need the required permissions to access the file. This is how to fix this error in Windows 10.

Fix File Permission Issue:

To repair the permission issue in files while accessing them on your computer, stick to the steps below.

Step 1: The initial step would be to right click the file or folder for which you are facing this problem. Here you have to select Properties.

Step 2: In the properties tab, choose the Security tab.

Step 3: Under the security tab, you’ll be able to see all the username available, make sure you select your username and click on the Edit button the following.

Step four: Within the edit permissions tab, make sure you have deselected all the Deny option and enabled all the Allow options.

Step 5: Click Ok and save the brand new permissions. Now try to access the file and you should have the ability to open the file now.

If you are still facing the problem, the file might be download from external sources as well as your anti-virus program might be blocking it. If you feel the file is safe to use, probably you can try disabling the anti-virus app for some time and check if the file is accessible.

Another issue might be that you’re trying to access a drive or file while is not connected to the PC right now, so make sure you are attached to the file or folder by checking your network connections. For those who have downloaded a specific file from untrusted sources, then odds are Windows may have blocked your file. To unblock a file, do the same steps to get at the properties tab in the file. Within the general settings in Properties, you will be able to determine a choice to unblock the file.

When you look into the box against Unblock, click OK and now your file will be unblocked and you will be able to access it on Windows 10.

These steps should be able to fix “Windows Cannot Access the Specified Device Path or File” error on Windows 10.

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