How to Fix Access Is Denied Error in Windows 10

Aug. 28, 2018 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

Receive the "Access is denied" error message in Windows 10 when you want to terminate an unwanted process? Don't panic. Here are top 2 methods to fix the "Access is denied" error in Windows 10.

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1. Uninstall and Reinstall Application to Fix Access Is Denied Error in Windows 10

When you try to terminate a third-party application and receive the "Access is denied" error message, you could try to enter Safe Mode to uninstall the application completely and then reinstall it. Do the following steps:

Step 1. Press Windows key + R altogether to launch the Run dialog.

Step 2. Type "msconfig" and press Enter.

Step 3. Go to the Boot tab.

Step 4. Under Boot Options menu, check the checkboxnext to Safe Boot.

Step 5. Select the option Minimal and click OK.

Step 6. Restart your PC to enter the Safe Mode.

Step 7. Press Windows key + R simultaneously and type "appwiz.cpl" and hit Enter.

Step 8. Locate the problematic application and right-click on it.

Step 9. Click Uninstall.

Step 10. Run the application installer to reinstall it.

Step 11. Press Windows key + R again, enter "misconfig" and hit Enter.

Step 12. Select Boot tab and uncheck the option Safe Boot.

Step 13. Click OK.

Step 14. Restart your PC.

2. Use Command Prompt to Eliminate Access Is Denied Error in Windows 10

You can also use the Command Prompt to terminate a certain process. Do the following steps to get rid of the "Access is denied" error message in Windows 10.

Step 1. Right-click the Windows button and click Command Prompt (Admin) to run as administrator.

Step 2. Type the following command and hit Enter.

taskkill /im process-name /f

Note: In Task Manager, right-click on the process that you want to terminate and click Details and then you could get the process name.

3. Bootrec /Fixboot Access Is Denied in Windows 10

A lot of users report the "Access is denied" issue when they execute the command "bootrec /fixboot" in Command Prompt to write a new boot sector. To fix it, take these steps:

Step 1. Insert your DVD or USB installation disk and reboot your PC.

Note: If you don't have an installation media, you can directly download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool from Microsoft.

Step 1. Insert the USB or the DVD that contains installation media on the computer and restart the PC.

Step 2. Boot into your PC from USB or DVD.

Step 3. At the startup, click "Repair Your Computer".

Step 4. Select Troubleshoot and then Advanced Options.

Step 5. Click Command Prompt.

Step 6. Copy and paste the following commands and hit Enter after each of them:


sel disk 0

list vol

Step 7. Now verify the EFI partition by using the FAT32 file system as well as to assign a drive letter with it. Copy and paste the commands below in Command Prompt and hit Enter after each command.

sel vol

assign letter=:


Step 7. Now repair the Boot record by running the following commands. Similarly, hit Enter after each of them:

cd /d :\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\

bootrec /FixBoot

Step 8. Now you need to rebuild the BCD store. Copy and paste the command below and hit Enter:

ren BCD BCD.old

Step 9. Copy and paste the following command and hit Enter.

bcdboot c:\Windows /l en-us /s : All

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