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  1. Posts : 14,004
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #1

    Getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file


    Get the following when I boot the computer or logoff then logon.

    Getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file-2023-02-02-13_10_43-window.jpg

    I made sure the ID I login with had read access to C:\ProgramFiles\WindowsApps, still the same problem.
    Any thoughts on how to fix this greatly appreciated.

    Edit: The path in the error shows System is the owner:

    Getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file-2023-02-02-13_37_32-window.jpg

    It also shows all Users have read access:

    Getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file-2023-02-02-13_43_26-window.jpg
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  2. NTN
    Posts : 976
    W10 19045.2546
       #2

    Try to identify the app, and in settings->apps->apps&features
    Click the app and for some there is "advanced options".
    Try to repair first, or reset.
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  3. Posts : 276
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Ztruker said:
    Get the following when I boot the computer or logoff then logon.

    Getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file-2023-02-02-13_10_43-window.jpg

    I made sure the ID I login with had read access to C:\ProgramFiles\WindowsApps, still the same problem.
    Any thoughts on how to fix this greatly appreciated.
    Have you tried all the usual Reboot, SFC and DISM options?
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  4. Posts : 14,004
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
    Thread Starter
       #4

    SFC and DISM ... no, will try now, thanks.

    Edit: Nope, same problem. Looks like a repair install is the quickest fix unless soneone has another idea.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 02 Feb 2023 at 15:02.
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  5. Posts : 14,004
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
    Thread Starter
       #5

    NTN said:
    Try to identify the app, and in settings->apps->apps&features
    Click the app and for some there is "advanced options".
    Try to repair first, or reset.
    It's coming from Explorer.exe. Not much help there. I'm goi9ng to go ahead and do a repair install, that should fix it.
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  6. Posts : 5,917
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #6

    Can't read the full path but see:

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...b-dc3eab74674f

    I even took ownership of Windows Apps.
    Don't do that.

    Anyway it seems to be something to do with Cortana. I can't help with that other than try resetting/ repairing Cortana or undoing any disable Cortana tweaks.
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  7. Posts : 14,004
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Thanks Callendar. I did a repair install and that didn't fix it so I don't think resetting/repairing Cortana will help.
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  8. Posts : 5,917
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #8

    Search for it in Autoruns. Maybe that will identify the startup entry.
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  9. Posts : 5,917
    22H2 64 Bit Pro
       #9

    It doesn't show up for me in Autoruns but then I have disabled Cortana so maybe try that and see if the error disappears.

    Getting "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file-winaero-tweaker.jpg
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  10. Posts : 14,004
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Just disabled it via WinAero and rebooted. Will see what happens.

    Edit: Didn't make any difference.
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