My local admin rights to my Windows 7 work computer have recently been removed, and I can no longer double-click on any of my drives or folders. However, I can tell via command prompt that my standard user group memberships appear to be set up correctly, and I can access my drives and folders using right-click/"Open".
My symptoms are similar to this thread.
Whenever I double-click on any folder, access any folder through the Start menu, or try to access my Computer "Properties" I get this error:
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."
I also have other sporadic glitches that appear related to either my User Profile or to my ability to navigate to local paths. (Files saved to my Desktop sometimes don't appear until restart. Visual Studio and SQL Server can't find settings files. "File"/"Print" sometimes doesn't work...)
As far as I know, the only change to my profile is that I am no longer in our domain "Administrators" group, and am now only in our "Domain Users" group. I have verified that my username is in our "Domain Users" group, that our "Domain Users" group is in my local "Users" group, and that my local "Users" group has "Read", "List folder contents", and "Read & execute" permissions to my C: drive and other local folders.
Why can't I double-click on my folders if I have these permissions?
Any tips on diagnosing the issue so that I can give good comments to our Help Desk?
Thank you for your help!
Update: My user profile was deleted rebuilt and all of my errors are now resolved. My configuration is otherwise the same, so it appears that a corrupt profile was likely the issue. Thanks everyone for your comments!