Can not run executable files from external drive in Windows 10

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Can not run executable files from external drive in Windows 10


    Hi everyone,

    I am having an issue. It is nothing really more of an annoyance. After recent Anniversary Update for windows 10. I could not run any executables files straight from any external devices. However, I could view, delete, copy, cut those files just fine. At first I thought it might be because of the recent update to security included in Anniversary Update that might have reset permissions on all external device so I went ahead and give myself full permission but still no go

    So for now if I want to run any files in external device I have to copy them to the local hard disk and then run. I am wondering what might be the cause of this? Is there a way to fix this behavior?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by edwardduong; 28 Aug 2016 at 09:30.
      My Computer

  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,023
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #2

    Hi, possibly an AV restriction?
    windows 7 - Cant run executable from external hard drive, it says I need permissions - Super User

    Do you get an error message? The precise wording can sometimes be heplful, if only in searches.

    Can confirm I'm not experiencing this problem.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    dalchina said:
    Hi, possibly an AV restriction?
    windows 7 - Cant run executable from external hard drive, it says I need permissions - Super User

    Do you get an error message? The precise wording can sometimes be heplful, if only in searches.

    Can confirm I'm not experiencing this problem.

    Hi dalchina, Thank you for replying so quick. The error message is "Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permission to access the item" I tried disable, uninstall KIS still no go. Tried it today on another PC with fresh install of Windows 10 then update to Anniversary Update. BAM!! this annoying error.
      My Computer

  4. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,023
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #4

    Hi, can you launch an exe on an optical disk?
    See
    Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums
    for an example of well-directed attempts to solve this.. without resolution. This does appear to show what probably won't work.

    What we need is a solved example. If there are any.

    Have a look at your registry:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\RemovableStorageDevices

    Can you post a screenshot of what you see?

    (Notes:
    The same restriction can be set using the registry by creating Deny_All key of Dword-type with the value 00000001
    http://woshub.com/how-to-disable-usb...-group-policy/

    )

      My Computers


  5. Posts : 471
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Is the mentioned "external device" a NAS or any other, Linux based server? If that's the case you need to grant yourself execution rights. This has to be done on the device itself, not under Windows. If it's a NAS you should be able to do this on the UI (usually a website) where you configure the device.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks guys for your reply. Really busy the last few days so could not reply promptly, so sorry about that. Anyway
    @altae no it is not a NAS or Linux based server. It is my personal laptop but thank you for your input.
    @dalchina yes i can run executables from CD/DVD drive just fine. Attached is the screenshot of Registry hive.Can not run executable files from external drive in Windows 10-registry.jpg
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 438
    Win 10 pro 1803
       #7

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2669244

    check the method 1 - im interested of what access list says for you
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Hi guys,

    @ bathhilz I already did that it is still does not work.


    Anyway thanks guys for your input. Really appreciate it. I guess i will have to do an extra step from now on if i wanted to run executable from external drive from now on.

      My Computer

  9. swarfega's Avatar
    Posts : 7,088
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #9

    Maybe its a security feature of Windows that doesn't allow you to run exe files from external sources.

    Copy the exe to a folder on your PC then try running it.

    If the properties tab has a tickbox for unblock tick that before running it.

    Can not run executable files from external drive in Windows 10-unblock.png
      My Computers

  10. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,023
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #10

    I can confirm I can launch, for example, an installation using a .exe file on a flash drive - build 1607. (At present I have UAC on).
      My Computers


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:39.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums