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Windows 7: Windows doesn't start files on double click

02 Nov 2014   #1

W7 64 bit ultimate
Windows doesn't start files on double click

I have recently carried out clean install of OS. on C:\

My documents, videos, pictures etc are on E:\
Locations are set correctly as per:

While I can see them to browse, and can copy move etc. .... if I double click on an item to open I get error:

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

For example I double click a video file I get that error ... yet if I carry out via right click :
open with> VLC media player

It opens and runs fine.

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02 Nov 2014   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

How did you move them to E:? What procedure did you follow?
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03 Nov 2014   #3

W7 64 bit ultimate

I followed the procedure in the url in the 3rd line of post ...
i.e left user profile on C:\ but changed location of Mydocs, My pics folders etc.

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03 Nov 2014   #4


Follow User Folders - Change Default Location.

If in doubt check User folder Properties' Location tab. Any without one should be deleted. In rare cases you may need to reset it to default as also shown in tutorial.
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03 Nov 2014   #5

Windows 10 Pro X64

Shawn's tutorial is pretty much the same as Ed Bott's, just more pictures.

Sounds like what sargan did should work.

Sargan, are you looking at them on the E: drive or via Libraries on the boot drive?
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04 Nov 2014   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

I'll offer my $0.02 as I've done reinstalls where I've maintained files on a 2nd drive separate from the boot device. In my case, the ownership of the files is what it was from the prior installation even though I'm the same use. To fix it I change the ownership and permissions on the files on the previously existing partition to the new userid and all is well.

In my case I would mirror the structure and place a "users" folder on the D: drive with the user name as a subfolder (i.e. D:\users\<username>). After changing the owner/permissions the username folder would then have the lock icon on it so I knew it was correct.

Again, this is if the files already existed on a separate partition from a prior installation as opposed to moving them after they already existed on a C partition.
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