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CMD.EXE ERROR MESSAGE "Edit is unable to create or access the specified file"

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by fhamilton, Jan 9, 2008.

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  1. fhamilton

    fhamilton Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2008
    I have a Dell Pentium 4 (1.7MH) running Windows XP SP-2. When I trie and save a file from the command prompt using an application such as a text editor, or word processor (dos based) I received the above message. There is a box (from MS Edit) with buttons "retry" "cancel" "help". I clicked on help and this information was displayed:

    Edit is unable to create or access the specified file, which might be due to the following reasons:

    » You may be trying to create or write to a file on a drive that is read-only, such as a CD-ROM or a read-only network drive.
    » You may be trying to overwrite a file that is read-only.
    » You may be trying to access a file that is locked by another user or program.
    » You may be trying to read or write to a directory name.

    The situation is this: I can only save a file if I rename that file (using save as.) I've made sure that this happens with or without long file names. I've have 3 hard drive installed and the same thing happens on all the drives and in root and sub directories. I've used different DOS based programs in CMD.EXE console including MS Edit; Wordperfect 5.1; and PEDIT (among others) all showing the same behavior.

    There is no problem in Windows based programs. I have not changed my environment variables, etc. The behavior was sudden and it's still continuing.

    I must rename the file in order for it to be saved, then copy it at the prompt to the file name that I really want. I've never seen this behavior.

    I have ran an antivirus program (AVG) among others with no hits. I have reset the command console to its default settings with no results. It cannot be the drive as this behavior is across all three hard drive (2 internal and 1 external).

    I hope you can help. I have a sinking feeling I will have to repair the installation of Windows XP :( or worse yet reinstall. I uses my command console all the time for a lot of small but important things.

    Thank you for whatever you can come up with.

  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

    Sep 10, 2006
    You need to enclose the entire path and file name in quotes if there are any spaces in the path or file name.
  3. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Have you tried doing a system restore?
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