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Everytime I click Play in Steam I get a message saying "Windows cannot access the specified device, file or Path. You may have the incorrect permissions...." This hasnt at all happened to me since 0.53 came out. When I try to launch the game through the .exe I get in and pick a server. The game then creates a duplicate of it'self and eventually crashes.


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  1. Click Play through Steam
  2. Error message

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PJChattyman set Category to Error Message.
PJChattyman set Reproducibility to Always.
PJChattyman set Severity to None.
PJChattyman set Resolution to Fixed.
PJChattyman set Legacy ID to 2791176062.May 8 2016, 9:26 PM
JasonX added a subscriber: JasonX.May 8 2016, 9:26 PM

Got the same isssue, but can not get in even through the .exe file. Once i have reinstaleed all of Microsoft Visual C++ , and could get in, but after next windows start up the same problem.

Hello PJChattyman,

Sorry to hear about your trouble. To begin with I would recommend that you make sure that your graphics card drivers are updated.

After that, I would recommend that you try out the following suggestions:

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. Right click on DayZ.
  3. Go to Properties.
  4. Go to Set Launch Options.
  5. Type in "-window" (without quotation marks).
  6. Click ok and launch dayz.

If that doesn't solve your problem, you can try out the following:

  1. Launch Steam.
  2. Right click on DayZ.
  3. Go to Properties.
  4. Go to local files.
  5. Click on browse local files.
  6. Go into the folders _CommonRedist > DirectX > Jun2010.
  7. Run DXSETUP.exe
  8. Launch dayz after the setup is complete.

Another possible culprit could be an anti-virus/scanner or firewall that prevents DayZ from launching.


I'm not sure exactly how, but i've resolved my problem. Here the actions were done:

1)I haven't got an antivirus, then i instaled it & fully scaned my PC.

There was two threats & they were deleted.
  1. I found a programe installed on my PC called " Extremeblocker". Which was imposiblle to uninstall in classic way. And antivirus have not found this as threat. I could only delete this programme when loaded windiws in safemode ( not sure about correct name).
  2. Also, while was in a sfamode ive deleted "appcache" folder.

After next windows start it was able to lauche Dayz

Sad, but problem is back. I have added BEServices, Dayz_BE & Dayz to the brandmauer exclusions. Restart.Уverything works, another restart - we are at the same place...(( something is blocking onу of those & and ideas are ended.

Another sucsess after next moves: Exit steam , delete appcache,

  1. Go into the folders _CommonRedist > DirectX > Jun2010.
  2. Run DXSETUP.exe

THEN restart windows !!

Then launch the game.

Still wont launch. I tried both of what you said, JStewart. After I launched after I ran the DXsetup.exe a black window came up G:\Steam\Steamapps\Common\DayZ\DayZBE.exe "Failed to Launch Game."

I've tried running both Steam and DayZ.exe in admin mode but it still isnt working :(

I've also tried disabling both of my Anti Virus software and then running it. Same problem.

Update: When I launch the game in admin mode it loads, I pick a server. The game then creates a duplicate and then crashes. I receive this error message

"The Instruction at 0x00d2321e referenced memory at 0x00000000. The memory could not be read.

Click OK to terminate the program."

In case DayZ crashes, please attach a dxdiag report and your crash dump files.
Getting your dxdiag file:

  1. Open the Start menu
  2. Write "dxdiag"
  3. Press enter
  4. A window will open
  5. Click "Save all information"
  6. You will get a text file - please attach it here.

Getting your crash dumps:

  1. Go to this file location: "C:\Users\<Name>\AppData\Local"
  2. There you should see a DayZ folder.
  3. Create a .zip or .rar file of that folder.

Please take the .zip/.rar and the DxDiag file and upload them here. The upload limit is 5000KB, which should be enough. In case it is not, please upload the files to a file sharing website and post a link to the files in the comments.

I uploaded the files.

Update: Hey. I went into the DayZ folder and set both DayZ, DayZBE.exe and Steam.exe to run in administrator mode. I got in, and got into a server. So it seems as though it's fixed. If it breaks again I'll inform you. Thank you for your help. You've been great.


Yes, it works. Well Done, PJChattyman!

Good to hear! I'll close the ticket then, but in case you encounter any further problems, please feel free to submit a new ticket.


Everyone I try to launch DayZ, I get the message. " Windows cannot access the specified device, file or path. You may have incorrect permissions" when I first got the game it was fine, but the next day that's when it started coming up with this alert. When I run DayZ, steam etc. As admin it's fine until I go to find a server, then it closes and comes up with the message again. I've pretty much tried everything that was suggested above but nothing :/