Reasons why Windows® 7 Cannot Access the Specified Device
What are the causes for Windows 7 not being able to access the specified device?
Windows 7 Operating System is one of the most powerful and efficient Operating System released recently by Microsoft. The devices which are connected to your system require driver files. Without drivers, your system will not be able to recognize a particular device. Sometimes your system will not be able to access a specific device and shows the error as "Windows 7 cannot access the specified device". There are many reasons for these problems. Some of the causes for the problem are missing of important registry keys, driver files missing, malware attack etc. For example, when you insert a DVD in the drive, and right-click on the drive to choose 'Play' from the context menu, then you will get an error message "Windows 7 cannot access the specified device". This happens if DVD/Play association setting is missing or invalid, or is of incorrect value type.
Following are the problems and tips to resolve the issue of Windows 7 being unable to access the specified device:
- Virus issues
- Driver files missing
- Registry issues
A virus attack in the system will affect almost all the files stored in the system. There are various dangerous threats including Trojans, spyware, adware, riskware, key loggers, dialers and other kinds of malicious programs which could infect the driver files badly. So always use updated antivirus software to get rid of such issues. Scan your hard disks and registries to destroy any manifestation of malicious programs.
Driver files missing
The devices that are connected to the system will have associated drivers installed in the system. Windows 7 would not be able to access a device due to non-availability of the driver files that are required for the proper functioning of the device. Sometimes the users might delete these files unknowingly or they may get removed by the antivirus tool, if infected with virus. You need to check for the driver files in the system. If they are missing, then you need to reinstall them again. First of all, uninstall the old drivers and reinstall them.
Registry issues are one of the common reasons for not being able to access the specified device in a Windows 7 system. There might be registry clashes due to continuous installation or un-installation of programs and files in the system. These clashes cause errors in the system. So, removing such errors from the system is necessary for proper accessing of devices. Use registry cleaner software which helps to scan and delete unwanted errors in the registries.
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