How to fix error “Windows cannot access the specified device or file” while Opening .gif Files in Windows

Solution summary

If you are getting the “Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file” error message while opening a .gif file on your system, then follow the easy 2-step resolution and any .gif file will open on your computer.

Error messages are warnings displayed in dialog boxes that enable you to fix issues on your computer proactively. These error messages are displayed in situations where action is required on part of the user.

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Step 1

Open ‘Internet Explorer®’:
Open ‘Internet Explorer®’ on your computer.

Step 2

Drag the .gif file:

Drag the .gif file into the open ‘Internet Explorer®’ window.

You have resolved the “Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file” error message on your system. This makes your system capable of opening any .gif file. We recommend that you install an antivirus software before surfing the Internet, to avoid virus threats.

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