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Windows error 5

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By Ariane and GenesisUpdated on June 4th, 2022

What is 'Windows error 5'?

Windows error 5 is an Access Denied error when you run a program. This error usually occurs when the Windows registry is broken or corrupted. This could also appear if the program that is generating the error is corrupt.

How can you fix 'Windows error 5'?

Some of the common fixes include:

Please see our in-depth walk-through solutions below.

1. Run as Administrator

"Windows error 5" may be caused by your privilege to run the software, especially if you're only using a guest account. You may want to log in as Administrator or right-click the application and then select "Run as administrator." If you do not own the PC, please seek assistance from the owner or the officer in charge.

2. Run Anti-virus

There is a chance that “Windows error 5” may be related to a malware contamination on your Windows. Windows registry and files might be broken or corrupted due to the malware, causing the error when running a program. A full scan of your computer using an anti-virus that is listed here might help.

Run Anti-virus
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  1. Open the Antivurs.
  2. Run an antivirus update first.
  3. Now, fully scan the PC.

After scanning your computer run SFC /scannow command to fix any damage done by the malware.