How to fix “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” on Windows?

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Issue: How to fix “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” on Windows?

I tried to run Net View command in Command Prompt, but the commands were not executed successfully. I got an error  “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied.” What does it mean and what should I do to work around it? I’m using Windows 10.

Solved Answer

If you run commands vis Command Prompt utility on your computer, such system error as “System error 5 has occurred” shouldn't be new. It occurs while executing commands without administrative privileges that are needed. It simply means that you cannot execute the command because you don't have admin rights.

“System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” is an old issue, which emerged in Windows 7. However, users' reports on the official Microsoft[1] website indicate the fact that the problem hasn’t been resolved and resettled into Windows 8, 8.1, and 10.

Typically, it shows up when the PC user is trying to execute commands like Net View or Net Time. In general, system error 5 in Command Prompt[2] appears when the user attempts to execute complicated commands. There are particular occasions when such error occurs, and some of them can be related to settings of the machine:

  1. Time Synchronization issues. If the time on your device is set up wrongly, issues like that may appear. To resolve this particular problem you need to enable the time sync feature on the PC and make sure that the correct time zone for your region is used, in the first place.
  2. The account is disabled. it is possible that you try to use a disabled account or the one that doesn't exist on the domain. In this situation, you can try to ensure that the account is enabled on the domain and exist if you try to use it. You can use Netdom command-line utility on the PC for that.
  3. Missing permission to access the remote computer. Before trying to access the remote computer, you should make sure that you have all the required permissions. If any of those are missing, the error of any sorts ay appear. System error 5 is one of them. It is simply fixable, you need to get all the required permissions from the remote computer.

However, in the majority of the cases, “System error 5 has occurred’ emerges due to the administrative privileges. Even if the PC user is logged into the system as an administrator, Command Prompt may deny access if the Command Prompt is not run as administrator. In other words, if the PC user simply clicks the search button, types regedit, and run it, the Command Prompt starts running without administrative privileges. How to fix “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” on Windows?

How to fix “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied”

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“System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” error code

Open Command Prompt and run it as an administrator

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Therefore, to fix “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” on Windows 7, 8, 10 or another version, you should open an elevated Command Prompt with administrative privileges. For this purpose, you should:

Windows 7:

  1. Open Start menu, type cmd, and press Enter.
  2. Right-click on the search results, and select Run as administrator.
  3. If a UAC opens, click OK to confirm.

Windows 8, 8.1 or 10:

  1. Press Windows key + X to open a drop-down menu.
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin).
  3. Alternatively, you can click Windows key and type cmd.
  4. Right-click on the search results,
  5. Select Run as administrator.
  6. If a UAC opens, click OK to confirm.Error code “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” fixing method

Open Windows Registry Editor 

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If running Command Prompt with administrative privileges did not bring any good results, please try to perform the following steps, and the error might be taken care of:

  1. Open Start and type regedit, and press Enter.
  2. Use the left pane to navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Services\\LanmanServer\\Parameters key.
  3. Click on Edit menu and select Add Value.
  4. Name the new value as MinFreeConnections.
  5. Then select Add -> New -> REG_DWORD.
  6. Set the value of the new key to 5 and close Registry Editor.
  7. After that, right-click on Windows key and select Control Panel.
  8. Select Network and locate Installed Network Software.
  9. Under Installed Network Software,
  10. Highlight Server and select Configure.
  11. Locate Optimization and select Maximize Throughput for File Sharing under it.
  12. Click OK.
  13. After that, open Start,
  14. Next type cmd, right-click it, and select Run as Administrator.
  15. Type net stop server and net start server.
  16. Press Enter after each of them.

Fix “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied” error

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  • Remove entry name by right-clicking the key and selecting Delete.
  • As soon as that is removed, Restart the machine and check if the error is occurring still.

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