How To Fix 0x80004005 File Copy Error in Windows

There are two kinds of 0x80004005 errors with Windows. One was a legacy issue with a faulty update last year and one is connected to file copying or decompressing a file. Microsoft addressed the former by releasing a corrected update. So if you’re looking at how to fix 0x80004005 update errors, just download an updated ISO and install from there. If you’re experiencing 0x80004005 file copy errors in Windows, that’s what we are going to tackle right now.

Errors with the 0x80004005 designation are ‘unspecified errors’ according to Microsoft and appear during a range of tasks from upgrading Windows as above, to moving or deleting files, extracting archives or other random happenings. There are simply too many examples of this error to cover them all in one tutorial. As unzipping, moving and deleting files seems to be the most common occurrence, let’s tackle those.


Fix 0x80004005 file copy errors in Windows

As far as I can tell, in the context of moving, deleting or extracting files, error 0x80004005 is about permissions. It can mean that the files being used are not regarded as valid by Windows or that you as the user do not have sufficient permissions to perform the action you’re trying to perform.

0x80004005 errors when extracting an archive

Extracting an archive, or unzipping is something many of us do all the time. Compressing files makes transporting, sending or storing larger files much more efficient. Compressing is also referred to as zipping because an archive usually has the suffix .zip.

Windows has a zip utility built in but what Microsoft won’t tell you is that there are some compression types that it cannot handle. If you come across one of these file types, it can throw up a 0x80004005 error. So let’s deal with that first.

  1. Download 7zip or WinRAR remembering to select either x32 or x64 depending on your system. Both programs are safe and work seamlessly within Windows.
  2. Install your program of choice and allow it to run with all file associations.
  3. Retry the file you’re trying to extract.


0x80004005 errors when moving or deleting files

If you’re seeing 0x80004005 errors when moving or deleting files, it is usually a user permissions issue. Even if you’re using your computer as an administrator it isn’t always enough. That means we need to take ownership of the folder.

  1. Right click the file or folder in question and select Properties.
  2. Navigate to the Security tab and click Advanced.
  3. Highlight your user account in the top pane of the window and click Edit.
  4. Highlight your user account again and the boxes in the bottom pane should now be selectable. Check the box next to Full control and click OK.
  5. Retry the file you’re trying to move or delete.

If that doesn’t work, try this:

  1. Right click the file or folder in question and select Properties.
  2. Navigate to the Security tab and click Advanced.
  3. Click the Change text link in the Owner line.
  4. Type your account name where it says ‘Enter the object name to select’ and click Check Name. If you typed it correctly, it should become underlined.
  5. Select it once more and click OK. The window should now close.
  6. Depending on your configuration, if you’re changing a folder or drive, you may see ‘Replace owner of subcontainers and objects’ and a check box. Check it to change the permissions to all files and folders within the folder you’re changing.
  7. Retry the file you’re trying to move or delete.


Those are the most common causes for 0x80004005 errors. If you have any more, let us know below.

Posted by Jamie on December 3, 2016

One thought on “How To Fix 0x80004005 File Copy Error in Windows”

Jitesh says:
I have been trying to delete a folder on the system, I have performed both methods but its not happening. what should I do?

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