Fix: Access denied Error 0x80070005 while installing apps in Windows 10

The Access denied error 0x80070005 normally occurs when you try to install a new program or update Windows 10 OS. During software installation, the program tries to initiate a process that you as a user don’t have permission to access.

In this article, we have covered all possible reasons that may lead to this bug and a few workarounds to address them. Let’s explore these solutions in detail –

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Access Denied Error 0x80070005 Solutions

If you too are getting this access denied error while installing new programs on your computer, try out the following suggestions sequentially –

Note: Make sure to create a full backup of all important files and folders on your computer. 

1] Restart Your PC

Although it doesn’t seem to a solution, restarting your PC may solve this bug. However, make sure to disconnect all USB devices and unplug them. Reboot Windows and when it does, attach only Mouse & Keyboard, and attempt to install the program which was previously generating the error code 0x80070005. See if this helps. If not, try the next set of solutions –

2] Modify File Attributes

If you are double-clicking on an executable file to update Windows or install any program, check the file attributes. This is necessary because many a time, the file is simply marked as read-only and hence you can’t it.

  • Right-click on the setup file and choose Properties.
  • Go to the General tab and see the current status of the Read-only checkbox.
  • If it is already checked, click once to clear the mark and hit OK

0x80070005 - Change File Attributes

  • Doing so will make the file ready for installation. 

3] Change File Security Settings to solve 0x80070005

It’s quite possible that the file security settings of the setup program are wrongly configured. To change that, right-click on the file and select Properties.

  • Go to the Security tab and check if all the permissions are granted for this file or not. If not, hit the Edit button, and modify accordingly. 

0x80070005 - Security Settings

  • Next, mark the check box next to Full control under the Permissions for Authenticated Users. 

0x80070005 - Modify Security Settings

  • Hit Apply then OK to confirm these changes.

4] Use Windows Updates Troubleshooter

Windows Update Troubleshooter is the best thing to use in cases wherein you are not able to install new apps or apply the pending update. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Press “Windows + X” on your keyboard to start the Settings interface.
  • Select Update & security > Troubleshoot. 
  • Jump to the right side and click Additional troubleshooters.
  • Subsequently, hit Windows Update to extend its pane and choose Run the troubleshooter.

Windows Update Troubleshooter

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the troubleshooting process. 

5] Deep Scan For Viruses And Malware

Sometimes, Windows Defender or a third-party antivirus program may also prohibit installing new apps on the computer. This is possible only if they detect any suspicious file attached to the .exe file.  

In order to fix this, you must perform a full scan of the entire PC and check if this returns any viruses or malware. In case, this doesn’t help, temporarily turn off Windows Defender or the external antivirus program. 

Windows Firewall may also restrict programs from installing on your device. If that’s the case, make sure to turn off the same and try installing the updates again. 

6] Run SFC to fix 0x80070005

SFC is another tool by Windows that can diagnose the entire PC for possible file corruption and missing files. Running this tool will automatically repair the underlying causes. Here’s how to run the system file checker utility program –

  • Start Command prompt as an Admin on your computer.
  • Type sfc/scannow near the blinking cursor and press the Enter key.

SFC Scannow

  • This command usually takes 15-20 minutes, so wait patiently. 
  • Once over, restart your PC to implement the recent changes. 

7] Manually Update Windows 10

If none of the above workarounds fix the 0x80070005 error, manually updating Windows 10 may fix this issue. To do so, use the below guideline –

  • Go to Settings >Update & Security >Windows Update.
  • Head over to the right pane and click View Update History.

View Update history on Settings

  • On the next screen, note down the failed cumulative update number. 
  • Subsequently, visit the Microsoft Update catalog and copy/paste the CU number. 
  • Pick the update that well-matches your system architecture and hit the Download button. 
  • Next, click the top link to start downloading the latest cumulative update. 
  • Once the download completes, open the folder containing the setup file, and double click the same. 

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