Posted tagged ‘Windows’

Windows Blocked Files Error

April 6, 2008

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

This message isn’t entirely accurate and frustrating when you forget what the simple resolution is.  In many cases to resolve this, you simply need to unblock the file from the file’s properies window.

To do so:
1) Right-Click on file and Select Properties
2) Select the General Tab.
3) Click the Unblock button.

The first time I recieved this message I pulled out some of my hair after trying the file on multiple machines and different versions of Windows, checking security, etc.  I was being smarter than I actually was which led to taking this simple problem to a major one.  Anyway, if you are searching for this error and found this page, chances are that I have saved you some hair as well.

Opening a Windows Command Prompt from Windows Explorer

September 10, 2007

Do you ever find yourself navigating 10 folder deep in Windows Explorer and wishing there was an easy way to open a command prompt to your current location.  Yeah, me to.  I remember years ago someone showing me that they could do this through a right-click selection on a folder, however, I had forgotten how.  That is, until today when I was looking down the list of tools available in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools and saw this little gem “Cmdhere.inf: Command Here“.  I instantly had a flashback of those fond memories of watching this person use this wonderful tool. 

The use of the tool is extremely simple.  Once you have installed the Cmdhere.inf file that comes with the resource kit there will now be a menu item titled “CMD Promt Here” in the Right-Click menu of a folder.

Command Here


Tom Krueger