FIX: Error 0x80070005 Access is denied

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  • Using Administrator Rights is a go-to solution for a wide variety of Windows 10 issues.
  • SFC scans are another great way to fix common problems within the Windows 10 OS.
  • Windows 10 errors that are cause by a lack of admin rights are pretty common, but we have most of them covered.
  • System Errors affecting your ability to gain admin rights also exist, but we've covered them as well.
error 0x80070005

Are you trying to rename, delete, move or copy a certain folder from your Windows 10 device but you can’t? If you received the Access is denied error 0x80070005 and you don’t know how to fix it, you are in the right place.

We will show you how to quickly fix this system problem with the help of the following troubleshooting steps.

As outlined, the problem itself occurs when you will try to rename, copy, move or delete certain folders. Usually, the 0x80070005 Access is denied error code pops up when you try to make changes within system files.

So, the error code is a security warning that tells you this: you don’t have the right to remove, rename or move/copy that certain folder or file.

In this case, the issue can be easily fixed if you switch to the administrator account. However, if you have admin privileges and you are still experiencing the same problem, you must apply additional troubleshooting steps.

The goal is to solve any possible errors that might cause folders or files related to malfunctions. And here is how you can do that.


Need more ideas on how to fix ‘Access is denied’ error? Check out this guide.


How do I fix the 0x80070005 Access is denied error in Windows 10?

1. Gain administrator rights

  1. Right-click on the folder or file that you want to change / modify.
  2. Choose Properties from the list that will be displayed.
  3. From Properties, switch to Security tab.files security settings windows 10
  4. Look for the Group or user section.
  5. If you don’t have ownership rights for this folder choose the Advanced option.
  6. Select the Owner field located under Advanced Security Settings and pick Change.
  7. The User or Group window will be displayed.
  8. From there, click on Advanced.
  9. Type your username and click on Check Names in order to display the list of available accounts.change file permissions
  10. Select your account and click on OK.
  11. In the end check Replace owner on sub containers and objects.
  12. Click OK and Apply all the changes.

The first thing you should try is to gain admin rights within the folder you want to modify.


2. Use Microsoft’s File and Folder Troubleshooter

You need to scan for problems related to system files and folders. Also, if there are such problems you need to fix them immediately. Well, this process can be completed automatically by using a default troubleshooting process supported and offered by Microsoft.

I am talking about the Filer and Folder Troubleshooter service which can be initiated from this page.


3. Run SFC

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start icon and select Command Prompt (admin).
  2. Elevated command prompt window will be opened on your computer.
  3. There, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.sfc scannow
  4. Wait while the system tries to find and repair possible Windows 10 system errors.

Another way in which you can fix system errors is by using another troubleshooter featured by default on your Windows 10 system. So if the above-explained steps aren’t helpful, you should start an SFC scan.


Epic guide alert! Everything you need to know about System File Checker is right here!


4. Update Group Policy Settings

  1. First, open an elevated cmd window
  2. In the cmd window type gpupdate /force and press Enter.
  3. When done, close the cmd window.
  4. Reboot your computer and see if this solution helped you.

If Group Policy Settings were recently changed, you might end up experiencing the 0x80007005 Access is denied error code.


As you noticed, some files can be modified only if you have administrator rights. Moreover, if there are problems within the Windows 10 system your access to folders and files might be restricted, and you can get the 0x80007005 Access is denied code error.

The steps that were listed above should help you fix these problems right away. However, if you cannot manage to address the issues, try to give us further details in order to help us better understand the reasons why you cannot modify your folders and files.

Let us know which steps helped you most in fixing this issue by leaving us a message in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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