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How To Fix 0x80004005 File Copy Error in Windows

Posted by Jamie on December 7, 2018

There are two kinds of 0x80004005 errors with Windows. One was a legacy issue with a faulty update in 2015, and one is connected to file copying or decompressing a file. The former was related to there being one or more faulty update files present, and Microsoft addressed it 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. But 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 files from an archive, 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.

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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 with the default software. 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. 7zip is free, but WinRAR will eventually start hassling you to pay for it.
  2. Install your program of choice and allow it to run with all file associations.
  3. Retry the file you’re trying to extract.

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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 still 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 so you won’t need to repeat this process for every individual file.
  7. Retry the file you’re trying to move or delete.

Those are the most common causes for 0x80004005 errors, though they can less commonly be related to activation issues, device driver issues, or corrupted Windows files. If you know of even more than that, let us know below.

12 thoughts on “How To Fix 0x80004005 File Copy Error in Windows”

Terrance says:
well i keep getting this error when i do any type of transferring between folders , but it references a folder that is no longer on the computer. i’m trying to just end the error
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Sandra Ray says:
I tried the options to change the owner or the permissions. It states that I have full permissions to the full already. On the owner option, it shows that I am the owner of the file. Any other suggestions?

I’m trying to open a compressed Excel file. I’m using Windows 7 Enterprise and Excel 2016 as part of the Office 365 package.

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Adrian says:
I got this when trying to delete a User folder for someone who no longer existed.

I did the “Windows Settings > …. Edit Other Users > Remove” thing which said it had completed, but some folders under AppData were still there.

I did the whole “take ownership > replace on all children” thing but kept getting the 0x80004005 unspecified error when trying to delete.

I used SysInternals MoveFile to rename the folder on reboot. The rename worked but the folders still couldn’t be deleted so must have been an ACL.

I found an article referring to problematic registry entries so, being lazy, I downloaded CCleaner and ran the Registry Clean tool. No worries, the folders could be deleted.

Personally I would rather not just clean *all* the registry issues as you never know what else you could be killing. I suppose if I had the time I would have gone through each issue and looked for anything with those folder names, but for once brute force worked. Probably broke something else but at least the folder is gone 🙂

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oddrocks says:
Many thanks worked well
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kyle says:
i dont have a security tab< its transfering from usb
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Liza says:
I get this when trying to delete I went to properties but no advanced tab shows up it simply won’t let me override ir
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John says:
I’m trying to burn audio files I purchased via iTunes onto a CD-R and it keeps erroring out with the 0x80004005 error. Any ideas?
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Akhil Saju says:
You don’t need to do all this to fix the error.
Just use the check disk facility in Windows and scan the specific drive.
Open an elevated CMD
Type “drive_letter:” changing to the drive that has the problem
then type “chkdsk /f”
wait for it finish then you’re all done.
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John Moore says:
Use a linux booter and use the cd burner included (Linux Lite is good)
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Craig Wightman says:
I found when copying the zip file to a local drive, rather than network it worked fine. Could be IE trusted sites/local intranet/etc interfering.
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Augustine says:
I can’t create nor move a ‘New Folder’ on my partition but I can move other folders onto the same partition. The system is asking for permission though I’m logged in as the administrator. Can someone please help cos I’m tired of installing new windows.
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Augustine says:
I can’t create nor move a ‘New Folder’ on my partition but can move other folders. The system is asking for permission though I’m logged in as the administrator
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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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