Windows Server 2008 R2 on VM: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item


Newly built Windows Server 2008 R2 server on VM had strange issues. I logged in as account that’s part of domain admins. I supposed to have local administrative privileges. But when try to open any administrative tools (like services, event log), I get this error message:

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

It was driving me crazy. It turn out to be I can’t logon as local administrator either.

After half day of itching my mind, the following two things resolved the my issue.

  1. Turned off Internet Explorer Enhanced Security setting for Administrators and Users
  2. Turned off User Account Control (in Safe Mode)

Bizarre experience though!

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9 thoughts on “Windows Server 2008 R2 on VM: Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item

  1. I had that error as well because, since I was in a virtual environment (Vmware) I thought i’ll just have download install and update one server then make a full copy of it to save time, good idea but before you use the other, do a sysprep on it, because otherwise both of your servers will have the same SSID and wont work together.

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