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How to fix Windows System Error 5?

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System Error 5 is a common issue that Windows users may encounter when executing certain commands or accessing specific system features. This error typically accompanies the message Access is denied, preventing users from carrying out the desired actions.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of System Error 5 in Windows and a few ways to help you fix the issue.

What are the causes of the System Error 5 in Windows issue?

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the System Error 5 in Windows.

  • The application does not have the permissions to execute them.
  • UAC causing problems.

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How to fix the issue?

If you encounter System Error 5 in Windows, we have explained a few ways to fix the issue.

Run the application as an administrator

If you encounter the issue when running commands on Command prompt or Windows Powershell or while using any other app, running the app as an administrator will give it the required permissions.

Running command prompt as administrator

Step: In the Windows search, type Command Prompt and then click on the run as administrator option from the menu on the right panel.

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Running Windows Powershell as administrator

In Windows, search Powershell and then click on the run as administrator option from the menu on the right panel.

Run any app as an administrator

Right-click on the app with which you are encountering System Error 5, and then in the dropdown menu, click on the Run as administrator option.

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Disable UAC

User Account Control (UAC) is a security feature in Windows that safeguards your system by asking for your permission whenever you want to make changes to it. It prevents unauthorised modifications and ensures you control what happens on your computer. To disable UAC, follow the steps below.

Step 1: In the Windows search, type UAC and click on the first search result.

Step 2: In the UAC settings, drag the slider to Never Notify and then click n OK button to disable the UAC.

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Akash Singh

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