Fix System Error Code: 5 Access is denied

If you have troubles running programs or saving its data, there is a big chance you will see the System Error. Code: 5. Access is denied.

This usually happens when you marge old data with new drive or either partition.

I’ve noticed this error message when I wanted to save settings in WinSCP. Access is denied popped up.

To fix this system error, simply run the program, causing you troubles as a system administrator.



  1. Genuinely well done. I searched for a long time checking and changing numerous things surrounding Error Code 5: Access is denied and sync.ffs lock etc. But this was the solution and this now relevant for windows 8 in August 2014.

  2. What a pleasure to find someone who iednitfies the issues so clearly