Installation of applications from network share results in an error: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file"

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Symptom



When you try to start an application or try to open a potentially unsafe file, either from network drive or local drive you receive an error that states Windows cannot access the specific device and you may not have appropriate permission to write to the file.

Cause



This occurs when a change was made to the default Internet Explorer 7.0 security settings and the security was set not to enable applications and unsafe files to be opened.  The default, recommended setting is to prompt before it opens applications or potentially unsafe files.

Resolution



1.       Open Internet Explorer, click Tools and then click Internet Options.

2.       On the Security tab, click Internet, and then click Custom level.

3.       Search for "Launching applications and unsafe files", click to enable “Prompt (recommended)

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Article ID: 959079 - Last Review: October 20, 2008 - Revision: 1.0
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  • Windows Internet Explorer 7
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