How to Fix 0x80004005 Error When Copying, Moving, Renaming or Deleting files and folders (Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10)


Unable to copy, move, rename or delete files or folders due to 0x80004005 error?

This scenario of 0x80004005 error might happen in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

There are 3 main reasons for this situation, and each requires a different procedure to be fixed. Try them one by one and you should be able to manipulate your files 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.


An unexpected error is keeping you from renaming the folder.
If you continue to receive this error, you can use the error code to search for help with this problem.

Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error


Corrupted system files

1  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 “sfc /scannow” into the command prompt window and press ENTER.

This command will run System File Checker. This built-in Windows utility will scan and check for integrity of Windows system files and replace/repair some of those, if necessary. This method helps solving copy/move/delete issues in the most number of cases.


Heavy antivirus activity

Try to lower your antivirus activity level or better yet, disable it completely before trying to manipulate your files again. This also stands for any kind of anti-malware utility or third-party firewall software.


Wrong file/folder permissions

1  Right click on your file or folder and select “properties“.

2  Choose “Security” tab and click “edit“.

3  Click on Users (users) and make sure that “Full control” has been set to “Allow“. 

4  Click on Administrators (administrators) and make sure that “Full control” has been set to “Allow“.