How to Fix The 0X80004005 Error

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In short the 0x80004005 is an access denied error. Whether a user or a program is able to perform a specific task depends on that user or program having the required privileges, this is the cause of almost all access denied errors.

The way your operating system works is by assigning levels of permissions to specific files and services. This way, programs can only carry out functions that they have the sufficient permission(s) to do so. When a program attempts to carry out a specific function that it lacks the required permissions to do, it typically results in the generic error message you’re receiving right now. Before the program or user is able to carry out a function that it was previously prohibited from doing, permission levels must be elevated.

Even if you’ve logged into your computer with a user profile that has administrative rights, it doesn’t always translate to the programs that you might access during a Windows sessions. However, the good thing is that, as an administrator, you’re able to elevate permission levels so that you can interact with a specific program/application. If, every time you try to run a certain application or carry out a specific function, you receive the 0x80004005 error, then it means the default permission levels for that specific application is insufficient to carry out the request, raising the permission level should do the trick in fixing it. There are also those times when you assign the appropriate permission levels to an application and it still presents you with an error. In this particular situation, it may be because that application is trying to access protected information in your registry. As a result, you may have to take more drastic measures, like reinstalling your operating system, but we’ll get to that later.

Common Causes of The 0x80004005 Error

There are a number of issues that a program that is trying to carry out a task (which it is unable to do due to permission levels), may go through, which all depends on what the program is attempting to gain access to and for what purpose. Because of the diverse nature of computer programs, in that their treatment is based wholly on that particular programs purpose, it’s possible for you to encounter many instances of the 0x80004005 error, which share no relation to one another. The most common causes of this particular error are as follows.

  • An application is attempting to access a service/object that it doesn’t have the sufficient permissions level to access.
  • The user hasn’t logged into their computer with a user profile that has administrative rights.
  • A virus/malware infection.
  • An antivirus or backup program is causing a conflict within your operating system.
  • A user unknowingly prohibiting the program from carrying out specific requests.

The 0x80004005 error being the result of a user or a program attempting to carry out a function that it’s not allowed to do, means, that in essence, that it’s not really an error, although it is prohibiting you from carrying out a specific function, which under such circumstances could constitute an error. In order for you to properly diagnose and fix this issue, troubleshooting is a must, as you will be required to monitor the effects of the changes you make. Continue reading for viable solutions to this issue.

The Automated Approach

The 0x80004005 error is commonly the result of configuration issues in your operating system. The reason why this may occur is plentiful, it could be due to an application you installed, modifying a specific registry key or it could be a virus. Or you could have mistakenly altered a system setting. Knowing exactly why your computer is behaving the way it is, would require you to investigate every possible cause, which would be very, time consuming. The good thing is that there are a number of automated tools that you can use to repair issues like this, such as SpeedyPC Pro.

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Manually Fixing The 0x80004005 Error

If manually repairing this error is more appealing to you, then, before you doing anything else you should restart your system. There are times when a simple restart is enough to fix whatever problem you were faced with.

When it comes to troubleshooting this error, the very first thing you’ll want to ensure is that your system is up-to-date, that means all your hardware drivers are up-to-date, your operating system is running on the latest service pack, and your antivirus program has the latest virus definitions on it. Updating your computer may be all you need to do to fix this problem, however, in the event that it’s not, you’ll also want to disconnect any of your peripherals, such as headphones, webcams, printers etc, just so you eliminate probable causes.

After you have successfully updated your system, you should then scan your system for any viruses; this can be done by using your virus scanner. If you don’t have a virus scanner, then I recommend you use SpyHunter, which you can download here:

Run Application as Administrator

The next method you should try after updating and scanning your system is to run the application that’s giving you troubles, as an administrator. It’s a relatively easy process that you can do by doing the following.

1. First, log into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], type control userpasswords2 and click on OK.

Access control userpasswords2

3. Once the User Accounts applet loads up, click on Administrator then click on the Reset Password button.

Reset Password of admin

4. Then type in your New password: and Confirm new password: then click on OK.

Create new password

Once you’ve created a password for your Administrator account, your next step will be to run the program using it. To do that, do the following.

1. Hold down the Shift key and right click on the program shortcut, then select Run as.

Run as program

2. Then click on the following user: and select the Administrator account using the drop down menu besides User name: then put your password in the corresponding box beside Password: and click on OK.

Use Administrator Account

Once you’ve done that, the program should run without error. However, to safe time, you can set the program so that it runs with the appropriate privileges by default, in order for you to do this, simply do the following.

1. First, ensure you’re logged into your computer with administrative rights.

2. Then right click on the program shortcut and select Properties.

Access program Properties

3. Once the Program Properties applet loads up click on the Security Tab, then click on the Advanced Button.

Program security settings

4. This will bring up the Advanced Security Settings, from here, click on the Add button.

Enter Advanced Security Settings

5. The Select User or Group applet will pop up, under Enter the object name to select, type Administrator and click on Check Names button, then click in OK.

Select admin as user

6. This will bring up the Permission Entry settings, from here, check the box besides Full Control and Allow, and then click on OK.

Permission Entry for object

7. Once you’re back at the Advanced Security Settings applet, click on Apply and OK.

Confirm Advanced Security Settings

8. From the Properties applet, click on the Apply and OK to exit out.

Exit Properties of program

Note: be sure to click on the OK buttons to exit out of the program properties.

Check Running Processes

There is a chance that the error message you’re receiving is due to a software conflict. In order for you to verify whether this is the case, you’ll want to disable all of the processes that are running in the background. This way, you will be able to determine whether a background process is the main culprit.

To do this, your best option would be to boot into safe mode, then attempt to run the application that was giving you problems, and see whether you receive the same error message. To boot into safe mode simply follow the instructions on my post on Trojan horse viruses.

If the error no longer pops up, then you know it was due to a program conflict. Your next action should be to boot into your system and disable all your running processes, by doing the following.

1. First, restart your computer.

2. Then click on Start -> Run [Windows Vista/7: Press windows key + R], type msconfig and click on OK.

Access msconfig

3. Once the Systems Configuration Utility loads up, click on the Services Tab, then check the box next to Hide All Microsoft Services. Click on Disable All, and then click on Apply and OK.

Disable services on Systems Configuration Utility

After you’ve done that, it should ask you whether you want to restart the computer, be sure to do so. From here, you’ll want to carry out the action that previously caused an error, if there’s no error, then load up the Systems Configuration Utility and enable one service, restart your computer and repeat the process. You should do this until you find out which program is/was the cause of the error, then you can disable it and enable all your other services.

Reinstall Windows

If the problem still persists after trying all the methods above, then your final option will be to run a repair installation of Windows. It’s a fairly simple process which requires your original Windows CD/DVD; for more information on how to do this check out my post on speeding up your computer.

Alternatively, if you don’t have your original Windows CD, then you can use the Windows repair tool called Reimage, which is capable of repairing your Windows build without the need of a Windows CD. It’s also capable of repairing this error along with its adverse effects on your system, while enhancing the overall performance of your system, so it’s definitely the recommend option.

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    Don’t forget that this error could also be thrown if it is an app that uses network connectivity and the app loses connectivity to the network/server.

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