How To Fix "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied." Command Prompt Error In Windows 10 & 7
Command Prompt is an application that is available in most Windows operating systems. Command Prompt is used to execute various commands and there are more than 280 of them. This tool is used to perform various tasks from a simplistic command line interface, the same commands we perform using graphical Windows interface, just in a different way. In order to use it you must enter a valid command with any optional parameters (if there are any required). Command Prompt then executes that particular command and performs the task it is designed to perform.
If you are reading this, then most probably you have encountered the "System error 5 has occurred" error which is telling you that the access to execute a particular command is denied. Usually this error occurs when you are trying to execute a command that requires you to run Command Prompt as administrator, to have administrative privileges. Sometimes it is not enough to be logged into Windows account as administrator, you need to use an elevated Command Prompt as well. It is easy to tell if the Command Prompt window you've opened is elevated or not: if the window title is "Command Prompt", then it is not elevated. If the window title says "Administrator: Command Prompt", then it is elevated.
When user opens Command Prompt from the Start menu or anywhere else by simply clicking the Command Prompt result, then the non-administrative Command Prompt gets launched and users are unable to execute some commands that require administrative privileges. In order to launch elevated Command Prompt you need to perform one additional step (or more, depending on how you start it). In this guide we are going to show you how to open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 7 & 10 and get access to execute commands that require administrative privileges, and how to bypass the "System error 5 has occurred" error. Keep in mind that these methods will work only if you are using 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
- Video Showing How To Bypass "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 10 & 7
How To Bypass The "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 10
Probably the easiest way to run Command Prompt as administrator is to do it 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 on your computer. Click "Yes". Now you can start executing commands and the "System error 5 has occurred" error will not occur anymore.
Another way to run Command Prompt as administrator is to launch it from File Explorer. Open File Explorer (usually you can find it's icon on your taskbar). You need to navigate to "Local Disk (C:)", then "Windows" and "System32". In this folder you have to look for "cmd.exe" application. Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator" to open with administrative privileges.
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 your keyboard. Once Task Manager is opened click on "File" and choose "Run new task" from the dropdown menu. If you don't see the File menu, then 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.
Create new task window will show up. Type "cmd" into the dialog box and then mark the "Create this task with administrative privileges" checkbox, click "OK" and it will open elevated Command Prompt for you.
How To Bypass The "System error 5 has occurred" Error In Windows 7
If you are using Windows 7, then click the Start menu icon on the left side of your taskbar and type "command prompt" in search. Command Prompt result will show up, 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 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 do it by running Command Prompt from Windows Explorer. Go to "Local Disk (C:)" or other disk where the Windows system files are, then go to Windows folder and find the System32 folder in it. Once you are in System32 folder, scroll down until you spot "cmd" executable file. Right-click it and select "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu.
That's it, wade hope this guide was helpful and now you know how 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 related to the topic - do not hesitate to leave a comment in our comment section below.
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