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I've just completed a clean install of Windows 10 Pro on my Thinkpad W520 (4270cto) and I've noticed a strange error that occurs when attempting to adjust certain system settings. For example, if I access "Display settings" then "Advanced display settings" and attempt to click "ClearType text," "Color calibration," or "Display adapter properties" I get the following Windows error message as displayed in the attached image:

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

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

The strange thing is that I can access any of these settings either by finding the .exe file directly, or via the Control Panel. I am an administrator on this machine and the only one who uses it-- is this actually a security/policy issue? When I first saw the issue, I even re-installed the OS thinking a file might have been missing or corrupted, and the same issue occurs. I've noticed the issue also occurs with settings involving rundll32.exe.

Any idea what's going on here?

  • it would be interesting to see if you have the same issues when creating a simple users account and adjusting the same things. – Psycogeek Aug 3 '15 at 7:09
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    I just wanted to post an update that somehow the issue seems to have entirely resolved itself, and I have no idea how. As far as I know, there was no update installed, or changes applied to any security settings-- I am baffled. I wish I had more to offer here, but I suppose if someone else experiences this issue, s/he can contribute here with potential findings. – nickpish Aug 4 '15 at 17:41
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I solved the problem by disabling auto login for my user.

To do that press Windows key + R and write netplwiz. This will open a manager software for users. Check the box where it says Users must enter a username and password. Apply and restart Windows.

  • could u elaborate how u did it,it will help future users whom struggle with it – BlueBerry - Vignesh4303 Sep 14 '15 at 7:24

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