I had a strange one with a server not loading up the desktop. Usually i would just start task manger then run explorer.exe, this time no good.

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

Great… Well after 2 hours, and LOTS of playing, i found out that it was Trend blocking out the running of the process

I uninstalled Trend, rebooted and all way happy.

Other things that it could have been were

  • Enhanced security it IE
  • IE not allowing the running of untrusted applications
  • the server address not listed in allowed sites in IE
  • windows blocking out the file (right click properties, unblock)

To uninstall Trend, i just needed to run add/remove programs from c:windowssystem32

Below is a list of all the control panel apps you can run from this folder

Accessibility Options access.cpl
Add New Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
Display Properties desk.cpl
FindFast findfast.cpl
Folder Properties * folders
Fonts Folder * fonts
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
Joystick Properties joy.cpl
Keyboard Properties main.cpl keyboard
Mouse Properties main.cpl
Network Properties ncpl.cpl
Password Properties password.cpl
Phone and Modem options telephon.cpl
Power Management powercfg.cpl
Printers Folder * printers
Regional settings intl.cpl
Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Sound Properties mmsys.cpl sounds
Sounds and Audio Device Properties mmsys.cpl
System Properties sysdm.cpl
User settings nusrmgr.cpl
TweakUI    tweakui.cpl

Hope this can help you save an hour or two

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