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Cannot access Default Items in start menu

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:01 PM

Hi there,

I need to chance some file associations. I tried right click/open with/choose default program on a file of the type for which I want to change the association but get a message saying ''Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.'' The program I want to use for this file appears in the menu that pops up when I click open with but clicking on the program gives me the same message as does Start/Default Items.

I am logged in as administrator so surely should have permission to change associations in this way.

The machine is a 2 month old HP laptop running windows 7 home premium.

Is thee another setting I need to change to allow me to do this?

Many thanks

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:19 PM

Can you run them as administrator

Try the EXE fix


I have seen some infections causing this behaviour

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:00 PM

Ah, thanks Narenxp but I seem to have fixed it. Google took me to this page and I found post 22 to be helpful. I'm not sure what, if anything was trying to run twice but I just rebooted the machine and all seems well.


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