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How to Fix System Error 5 in Windows 10 Computer

While you press Win + R to open Run box, type cmd and click OK to run Command Prompt on Windows computer, you find it is successful.

run command prompt with run box

However, when you continue to reset Windows 10 password with command prompt, it failed. Command Prompt reminds you “System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied”.

system error 5 occurs after net user command

Everything you have done seems to be no problem. But why it failed to reset Windows 10 forgotten password with net user command?

In this moment, I try another way to run Command Prompt and successfully change windows 10 password.

1. Press Win + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from pop-up menu.

open windows 10 command prompt with short keys

2. Click Yes on User Account Control to run Command Prompt with administrator.

run command prompt with administrator

3. Type net user command and press Enter. Command completed successfully.

fix system error 5 successfully by running cmd with administrator

Note: Compared to the way to run Command Prompt from Run box, you can see command prompt can be run as administrator with Win + X button. So I think it is the reason that you cannot reset user password with command while without administrative privileges.

This error reminds us we should open programs with the right way, especially on new Windows operational system. Otherwise, even though you don’t make a mistake, you could not let the program do right for you. For example, command prompt reset windows password with net user command only when it is run with administrator.

 

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