“Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error” is one that may appear for users when renaming, deleting or extracting folders in File Explorer. When the error occurs, a dialog box window appears that says: “An unexpected error prevents you from changing the name (or copy or delete) the folder.” Has that error message window appeared on your desktop? If so, you have come to the right place! These are some resolutions that can fix the 0x80004005 “Unspecified Error” in Windows.
How to fix the unspecified error 0x80004005
- Open the File and Folder Troubleshooter
- Run a system file scanner
- Take ownership of the folder
- Clean Windows boot
- Edit the title of the folder through the command prompt
- Extract compressed files with archive software
1. Open the File and Folder Troubleshooter
The Microsoft File and Folder Troubleshooter might be useful for correcting “Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error”. The problem solver can correct system errors related to the copying, deletion and editing of folder and file titles. In this way, you can open the file and folder problem solver in Windows.
- First, open this web page in your browser.
- Press the Download button on that page to download the problem solver.
- Next, open the Troubleshooter for files and folders from the folder in which you saved it.
- Click on Advanced and select the Apply repairs automatically option that is displayed directly below.
- Then press the Next button.
- Select one of the options shown in the snapshot below, and then press the Next button.
2. Run a File File Checker Scanner
“Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error” may be caused by a corrupted system file. As such, the System File Checker, which repairs damaged system files, could resolve the “Unspecified Error.” You can use SFC in Windows as follows.
- Open the command prompt as administrator by pressing the Windows key + X shortcut key and selecting Command Prompt (Administrator).
- First, enter ‘DISM.exe / Online / Cleanup-image / Restorehealth’ to run the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool in Windows.
- Then run the SFC scan by entering ‘sfc/scannow‘ in the application and pressing Return.
- SFC scanning can take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete. Restart your desktop or laptop computer if the scan repairs a file.
3. Take possession of the folder
“Error 0x80004005: Unspecified error” can be a problem of the folder or file permissions. As such, you may need to appropriate a folder or file to obtain full access rights. You can do it through the Properties window of the folder or file or with the TakeOwnershipEx program. This is how you can take ownership of folders or files with TakeOwnershipEx.
- Click Download TakeOwnership on this page to save the ZIP file of the software in a folder.
- Next, open the ZIP file and click Extract all to unzip the ZIP file.
- Open the TakeOwnership configuration wizard from the extracted folder to install the program.
- Open TakeOwnershipEx and press the Take property button.
- Then, select the folder or file that returns the message “Unspecified error” and press the OK button.
4. Clean Windows boot
To make sure there is no different software (such as antivirus software), start Windows. Clean boot Windows will strip the boot programs and start Windows with minimal drivers. This is how you can clean the Windows boot.
First, open the Run accessory with the Windows key + R hotkey.
Enter ‘msconfig’ in Run and click OK to open the System Information window that is displayed directly below.
- Select the particular start option in the General tab.
- Uncheck the Load start elements check box.
- Select the system services Load and Use the original boot configuration options.
- Select the Services tab that is displayed directly below.
- Next, click the Hide all Microsoft services check box.
- Press the Disable all button.
- Click on the Apply> Accept buttons to confirm the newly selected configuration.
- Press the Restart button in the System Settings dialog box that opens.
- Then, delete, rename or extract the necessary folder or file after the clean Windows startup. After that, you can restore Windows to the standard startup configuration through the System Configuration window.
5. Edit the title of the folder through the command prompt
If you get the “Unspecified error” when deleting a folder or editing a folder or file title, try editing your title using the Command Prompt instead. Some users have confirmed that they can delete the required folder after editing their title with the REN command. This is how you can change the title of a folder with the command prompt.
- First, enter ‘Command Prompt’ in the search box of the Cortana or Start menu.
- Press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt as administrator.
- Navigate to the folder in Command Prompt by entering cd: \ followed by your path and pressing the Enter key.
- Enter ‘dir / x’ and press Return to change the folder and file titles to the file name format 8.3.
- Then enter ‘Ren 8.3 folder title new folder’ at the prompt with the current title of the 8.3 folders you need to edit and a new title for it. That command will change the name of the folder or file as specified.
- After that, open File Explorer and delete the folder.
6. Extract compressed files with archive software
This resolution is more specific to correct “Error 0x80004005: unspecified error” when extracting files from files, such as ZIP. Some users have declared in the forums that the “Unspecified Error” dialog window appears when they try to extract or copy a file from, a compressed file. That usually happens when the ZIP, or another file format, includes a password. As a result, Windows does not recognize the encrypted storage file.
- To resolve the problem, extract the compressed file with a third-party file utility, such as 7-Zip. Add 7-Zip to Windows by clicking Download on this page.
- Open the program configuration wizard to install the software.
- You can then extract the compressed file by selecting it in 7-Zip and pressing the Extract button.
- Select a path for the extracted folder by pressing the button …
- Enter the password of the compressed file and press the OK button.
Some of those resolutions will probably fix the 0x80004005 “Unspecified error” that appears when users delete, rename, copy or extract folders and files within File Explorer. However, note that the above resolutions are not for system errors with the error code 0x80004005 that occurs in entirely different circumstances.