How To Fix "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied." Command Prompt Error In Windows 10 & 7
The Command Prompt application is available in most Windows operating systems and is used to execute over 280 commands. This tool performs tasks from a simple 'command line' interface. It carries out the same commands that we commonly perform using the Graphical Windows Interface (GUI), but in a different way. To use Command Prompt, you must enter a valid command with (optional) parameters, which is then executed to perform one of the many tasks available.
When using Command Prompt, you may have encountered the "System error 5 has occurred" error, which states that access to execute a particular command is denied. This error usually occurs when you are trying to execute a command that requires you to run Command Prompt as administrator with administrative privileges. It is sometimes not enough simply to be logged into a Windows account as administrator - you also need to use an elevated Command Prompt. It is easy to ascertain if the Command Prompt window you have opened is elevated or not: if the window title is "Command Prompt", it is NOT elevated; If the window title is "Administrator: Command Prompt", it IS elevated.
When the user opens Command Prompt from the Start menu (or anywhere else by clicking the Command Prompt result), the non-administrative version of Command Prompt is launched and users are unable to execute certain commands that require administrative privileges. To launch elevated Command Prompt, you need to perform one additional step (possibly more, depending on how you started Command Prompt). This guide describes how to open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 7 & 10 and gain access to commands that require administrative privileges, thus bypassing the "System error 5 has occurred" error. Bear in mind that these methods will only work if you are using an administrative Windows account.
Table of Contents:
- How To Bypass The "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 10
- How To Bypass The "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 7
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How To Bypass The "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 10
The easiest way to run Command Prompt as administrator is probably by using Windows Search. Type "command prompt" in Search and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Choose "Run as administrator" to run it with administrative privileges.
When you select "Run as administrator", a User Account Control prompt will appear asking if you would like to allow the Command Prompt to be able to make changes to your computer. Click "Yes". Now you can start executing commands and the "System error 5 has occurred" error will no longer occur.
Another way to run Command Prompt as administrator is to launch it from File Explorer. Open File Explorer (you can usually find its icon in the Taskbar). Navigate to "Local Disk (C:)", and then "Windows" and "System32". In this folder, look for the "cmd.exe" application. Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator" to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
The third way to run Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10 is to launch it using Task Manager. To open Task Manager, type "task manager" in Search or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on the keyboard. Once Task Manager is opened, click on "File" and choose "Run new task" from the drop-down menu. If you do not see the File menu, you may have to click on the "More details" arrow at the bottom of the Task Manager window to show a more advanced view of the program, including the File menu.
The 'Create new task' window will appear. Type "cmd" in the dialog box and then mark the "Create this task with administrative privileges" checkbox. Click "OK" and it will open elevated Command Prompt.
How To Bypass The "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 7
If you are using Windows 7, click the Start menu icon on the left side of the Taskbar and type "command prompt" in search. The Command Prompt result will appear - right-click it and select "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu.
User Account Control will ask if you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer - click "Yes" and an elevated Command Prompt will be launched.
Another way to run Command Prompt as administrator and bypass the "System error 5 has occurred" error in Windows 7 is to run Command Prompt from Windows Explorer. Go to "Local Disk (C:)" (or another disk where the Windows system files reside), and then go to the Windows folder and find the System32 subfolder. In the System32 folder, scroll down until you find the "cmd" executable file. Right-click it and select "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu.
We hope this guide was helpful and that you are now able to bypass the "System error 5 has occurred" error and run Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 7 & 10. If you have any other questions relating to this topic, do not hesitate to leave a comment in the section below.
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