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Windows 7: Cannot open any file from desktop

09 Mar 2011   #1
tplowe

W7 Professional 64
 
 
Cannot open any file from desktop

I recently uninstalled a small program & something went very wrong. My W7 is totally screwed. When I double- click on any icon on the desktop I get : "Windows cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item." It seems to be a security issue or else the Explorer has lost the mapping info for my C drive.

I also can,t get the virtual disk service running, which means I can't do a repair install because the installer can't see my disks.


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09 Mar 2011   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Boot into System Recovery Options to System Restore to before you installed the program.

If this fails, from the Recovery Options Command Line, run SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot
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09 Mar 2011   #3
tplowe

W7 Professional 64
 
 

I did a system restore to 2 restore points before the problem, and it is still showing up, both times. I can't even do a clean install if I wanted to.
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09 Mar 2011   #4
tplowe

W7 Professional 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

If this fails, from the Recovery Options Command Line, run SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot
Trying this now.
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09 Mar 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

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09 Mar 2011   #6
tplowe

W7 Professional 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot into System Recovery Options to System Restore to before you installed the program.

If this fails, from the Recovery Options Command Line, run SFC /SCANNOW : Run in Command Prompt at Boot
OK...the scan & undoing the first System Retsore got me back up to 99%. THanks!!!!
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