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tindog

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I'm getting this error message on many things I try to do, from trying to run an install .exe to opening my bluetooth settings... I'm running Vista Home Premium, with NOD32 as a virus program (I have uninstalled that but the problem persisted)... is there any other info I can give you? Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.
 

Phantom010

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Try this fix: EXEFIX

Unzip the fix and extract the .REG file to the Desktop. Right-click the .REG file and choose Merge. Note that you need to be an Administrator to apply this fix.

Reboot the computer.

If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
 

tindog

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It all seemed to work correctly, it said "successfully merged" and I rebooted, but the problem remains.
 

tindog

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by the way, I've run all the spyware and malware I have. Eset NOD32 in-depth scan, Spybot, but I've been advise to get rid of all others as they seem to like to dump registry optimizers and such on me... is there something effect, safe and free?
 

tindog

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No, the app that brought this problem to my attention is Picasa, I've downloaded the setup file to my desktop, as I generally do... but since, other things I try to do give me the same error message, but it seems random.
 

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Check your antivirus.

Check the settings and look for possible signs of Picasa as an untrusted application.
 

tindog

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Well, Picasa is just the app on my desktop I'm using to test each attempt, it's happening in many places... I will check though... it's Eset NOD 32
 

tindog

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I got a tip from elsewhere that seems to have worked... apparently my Profile was corrupted, I created a new profile and everything seems to be working again. The one exception to that, oddly, is that my recycle bin has no icon, there is no "empty recycle bin" right click option and when I try to access the properties I get a message saying "the properties are not available"... but everything else I was having issues with has been solved.
 
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