How to Fix Windows Error Message 80070005

By Matthew McLaughlin

In Microsoft Windows, the error code 80070005 is related to administrative permissions. There are several reasons a user may experience this code. This error code may be displayed when a user is trying to create a task under an account with a blank password. Another cause may be that a security or anti-virus program on startup is restricting permissions when attempting to install system files such as Service Pack 3. To fix the error you will have to change settings in your Windows XP operating system.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows XP PC

Blank Password

Step 1

Access user accounts in Windows XP. Click "Start" and "Control Panel" and double click "User Accounts." Find the user who is associated with creating the task in the task scheduler. The account you used to sign into Windows XP before attempting to schedule the task is the user that is associated with that task.

Step 2

Click on that user. Next, click "Create a Password."

Step 3

Type in a new password. Click "Create Password." Close all programs and restart Windows.

Step 4

Open Task Scheduler by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools" and finally "Scheduled Tasks." Reconfigure the task that caused the error message and, when asked, provide the new user name and password. If the task is created, the problem is resolved.

Startup Program Restricting Permissions

Step 1

Download Windows Defender from the Microsoft website. Double click the installation file and run the installation.

Step 2

After the installation is complete, open Windows Defender by clicking "Start," "All Programs," "Windows Defender."

Step 3

To see a list of software programs that run on startup, click "Tools," then "Software Explorer." Displayed will be the list of all software programs that run on startup. Click the name of any security or anti-virus program that might be interfering with permissions and then click "Disable."

Step 4

Exit all applications and restart your computer. After your computer is restarted, reattempt the task or process that cased the error message.

Step 5

Check the settings for each disabled security program to determine which caused the error message and change the appropriate setting. Open Windows Defender and re-enable each security program to open on startup.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when disabling anti-virus or security programs, as this can put your computer at risk. Be sure to immediately restart these programs when you finish the process.