explorer.exe won’t open – cannot access the …

Getting an error like this one?

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

  1. Open the registry editor as a local-administrator level account.
  2. Look for the folder {CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2} which is under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Wow6432Node<wbr>AppID
  3. There should be an entry matching the following:
    • Name: RunAs
    • Type: String
    • Value: Interactive User
  4. Rename this entry to _RunAs so it doesn’t apply any more. This will likely require you to add permissions to the folder giving you full control.

Voila, it should be working - remember to revert your permissions changes, they’re inconsequential.

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