Access is denied error with Task Scheduler. Error code: 0x80070005

We all know that Task Scheduler is the in-built Windows utility which helps us to run specified tasks at scheduled session. Recently, we tried to schedule a task in this tool, but unfortunately we were not able to do so. The task was to run to run an executable file as some scheduled time but Task Manager refused to accept this task with Access is denied message. Additionally an error code 0x80070005 also resulted.

After receiving this error code and investigating a bit on it, we found that we need to provide highest privileges to run that task. We applied so, but that did not bring any changes in the situation. Next, we tried to configure the task for available ranges of various editions, but with no luck.


At the last, we realized that we needed to go for a registry manipulation which worked, in order to solve this problem. So if you’re too facing this error, here is how you can suppress it:

Task Scheduler Access is denied. Error code 0x80070005

Making mistakes while editing the Windows Registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point before proceeding.

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate here:


Task Scheduler Access is denied. Error code 0x80070005

3. Moving on, in the right pane of above mentioned registry location, look for the registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) named EnableLinkedConnections and double click on it get this:


4. Finally, in the above shown Edit DWORD Value box, put the Value data as 1 and make sure that Base is Hexadecimal. Click OK and close Registry Editor now, reboot the machine. After restarting the system, try to create a task and it should work fine this time.

Hope this helps, Good luck!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.


  1. What is the root cause though?

  2. ^^ When UAC is enabled, network access don’t have highest privileges by default. Registry manipulation assigned highest privileges to network access as well, in addition to task itself ­čÖé

  3. Oh ok, ty. This seems like something that should work without needing a registry edit to fix (*hint to Microsoft*) [note to self, bring this up in win 10 feedback app if problem still exsists]

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