How to Fix 0x80004005 Error When Accessing Network Shared Drive/Folder/Files or Device (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)


Error code: 0x80004005 Unspecified error

This scenario most commonly occurs with Windows 7, although Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 may also be affected. Problem occurs when you try to access shared resources within your local area network (LAN).

Depending on the cause, there are two major procedures on how to solve this problem and gain access to your network locations again. 


If you’re experiencing this error under entirely different circumstances, click HERE to see the list of all possible scenarios including 0x80004005 error code.


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Install / Reinstall Client for Microsoft Networks

Client for Microsoft Networks is an important Windows networking component, allowing user to access all kinds of network resources.

If you accidentally removed Client for Microsoft Networks or if it stopped working for some reason, you’ll be unable to open network locations and shared folders. 0x80004005 error is the most common response returned by Windows OS in this situation. 

To reinstall Client for Microsoft Networks, follow these steps:

1  Enter start menu and type “network and sharing center” into the search box and select first result.

2  Select your preferred connection (Local Area connection or Wireless Network Connection – WiFi) and select “Properties“.

3  If there’s no Client for Microsoft Networks option, skip this step. Otherwise, select it and go to Uninstall. Your PC will have to restart to complete this process.

4  Within the connection properties window, select Install. Among network feature types choose Client and select Add… button. Client for Microsoft Networks should appear in the list of network client devices. Select it and press OK.

5  Follow the installation procedure and restart your computer.



Try accessing the desired network location through the host’s IP address

If you’re unable to access some network folders, drives or devices and keep getting 0x80004005 error, you can try accessing through the host’s IP address. According to numerous user experiences, this may be the quickest HOT fix solution in this kind of situation. If you need a detail explanation on how to do this, follow the procedure below referring to PC1 as your machine and PC2 as another member of LAN network, containing resources you’re trying to reach.

1  Head to the PC2. Go to the start menu and type “cmd” into the search box.

2  Right click on the first result and select “Run as administrator“.

3  Type “ipconfig” into the command prompt window and press ENTER. You’ll get all network configuration values, including LAN IP address, as shown below:



4  Head to the PC1 and enter PC2’s LAN IP address preceded with double backslashes into the address bar in Windows Explorer and press Enter. You should get all files, folders and devices shared on PC2: