Error 0x80070005 – What it is? Why does it occur?

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Error-0x80070005

Usually, this error occurs due to lack of security permissions to change system settings or files. Please follow the instructions given below if the error occurs every time Windows attempts to perform the requested task. This error occurs at several occasions –

  • Downloading Windows Updates
  • Activating your copy of Office

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Update Device Drivers

In most of the cases reported, this issue was caused due to outdated device drivers – software that facilitate communication between your operating system and hardware. Update the device drivers using the Free Wise Driver Care. Restart your computer after successful completion.

Log-in as Administrator

Only administrator user has privileges to change system settings, modify operating system components, such as, deleting, renaming or modifying system files. The process you’re attempting to perform may require administrator permissions.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click on the Power icon.
  3. Select Restart.
  4. When you are prompted to login, choose the Administrator account and enter your credentials.

Run the App as Administrator

Right-click the Desktop shortcut of the application that encounters this error, and then select Run as Administrator.

Scan System for Malware

Make sure you have a fully-featured Antivirus security software. Update the virus definitions, scan your entire hard disk or SSD, and remove any potentially dangerous objects such as viruses, Malware, adware, worms, Trojans, and so on. 

Temporarily Turn Off Firewall

Firewall security software protects your computer from unauthorized access by hackers with malicious intent. The process you’re attempting to perform may require some incoming ports to be opened. Open up corresponding ports or simply disable Firewall until the process finishes.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type Windows Firewall in the Search Box.
  3. From the Search Results, open up Windows Firewall and Advanced Security.
  4. Right-click the following node from the left hand side panel:
  5. Windows firewall and advanced security on local computer.
  6. Select Properties.
  7. Set the Firewall State turned off from all the following tabs:
    • Domain Profile
    • Private Profile
    • Public Profile
  8. Click OK to save the changes.
  9. Exit the Windows Firewall application.

Change Folder Security Settings

The Local sub-folder into the Application Data directory may not have sufficient read-write access permissions. Using File Explorer, a drive navigation utility in Windows, grand special administrative permissions to read, write and access folder contents.

  1. Double-click This PC icon on your Desktop.
  2. Open the following location:
    • C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local
  3. Right-click the Packages folder, select Properties.
  4. Click the Security tab in the newly opened dialog box.
  5. Click the Edit button.
  6. Check-up all the boxes under the Allow column-head on the bottom.
  7. Click OK twice.

Reverse Changes in your System Settings

Reverse the changes made to your system using System Restore tool, which usually takes around fifteen to twenty minutes. Your system will be rolled back to an earlier point of time when it was working very smoothly.

  1. Right-click This PC.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click Advanced system settings.
  4. Click the System Protection tab in the newly opened dialog box.
  5. Click on the System Restore button.
  6. Click Next in the welcome screen.
  7. You will be prompted to select a restore point from the list.
  8. Select a restore point and then click Next.
  9. Follow the on-screen instructions. Your computer will restart during this process.

Configure your Registry

Change the Registry settings pertaining to network service, administrator and system authority.

  1. Press Windows Key simultaneously.
  2. Locate the following Registry sub-key:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE | SYSTEM | CurrentControlSet | Services | VSS | VssAccessControl
  3. Create following 32-bit DWORDS each of them containing value. To create a new DWORD, right-click an empty area on the right-hand side panel, select New DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    • .\Administrator
    • NT Authority\NetworkService
    • NT Authority\SYSTEM
  4. Exit the Registry Editor, and then restart your computer. 

Grant Local Access Permissions

Using the Services tool in Windows, grant local access permissions to the System, Network service as outlined below:

  1. Type Services in the Search Box on your Taskbar.
  2. Open the Services tool from the Search Results.
  3. Scroll down the services list until you find Component Service.
  4. Right-click the service, select Properties.
  5. Click the Com Security tab.
  6. Click Edit Default under Access Permissions.
  7. Grant local access permissions to the following items by checking-up the corresponding Allow boxes:
    • System
    • Network service
  8. Click OK.
  9. Exit the Services tool and restart your computer.

Terminate Suspicious Processes

Look at the raw processes listed in the Processes tab of your Task Manager. If you found any processes to be malicious in nature, stop them straight away. Typically, malware files are named with random numbers.

  1. Press Windows Key X, select Task Manager.
  2. Click More Details.
  3. Click the Processes tab.
  4. Terminate all suspicious processes displayed in the list. Select a process, click End Task.

Disregard Plug & Play Policy

Using Resultant Set of Policy tool in Windows, choose not to define policy setting for the Plug and Play devices.

  1. Type rsop.msc in the Search Box on your Taskbar.
  2. Open the Resultant Set of Policy (rsop.msc) tool from the Search Results.
  3. Expand the following nodes:
    • <Computer Name> | Computer Configuration | Windows Settings | Security Settings | System Services
  4. In the right-hand side panel, double-click on Plug and Play.
  5. Un-check the box labeled Define this policy setting, and then click Apply OK.

Change Network Adapter Configurations

Disable your network adapters temporarily, restart your computer, and then re-enable them again. This might solve the temporary operational glitches.

  1. Press Windows Key X.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and InternetNetwork and Sharing Center.
  4. Click Change adapter settings in the left-hand side panel.
  5. Right-click your active network adapter, I.e. Local Area Connection.
  6. Select the Disable option from the right-click menu options.
  7. Right-click the Wireless Network icon on your screen, select Disable option.
  8. You might want to restart your computer for the changes to take effects
  9. Repeat the Steps 1 – 4 given above, and then re-enable both the Network Adapters that you previously disabled.
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