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[Error 5] Unable To Execute Files In The Temporary Directory

Updated on Jun 12, 2019 by Brithny to Resource


The error "unable to execute file in the temporary directory" may occur when you try to install a new program on your computer. When the notification appears, you can't install any software successfully unless you solve the error. Read on to get the evidence-based solutions.

Unable to Execute File in the Temporary Directory

Unable To Execute Files In The Temporary Directory

You may receive the error message shown in the image above when you run a setup file to install a program. But don't get mad at the software or doubt its origin, the software is innocent. It is caused by system issues or software-protection utilities. The error "Unable to execute the file in the temporary directory. Setup aborted. Error 5: Access is denied" indicates that you are trying to make modifications to the folder which you don't have access to, as you can see in the notification -  "Access is denied".

Generally, you can't continue the installation just by closing the Window. Instead, you need to resolve the issue first and then proceed with the software installation. 

4 Fixes to Unable to Execute File in the Temporary Directory

To fix the unable to execute file error, you have four tips to try. After you try any of the tips below, install the software again and see whether the error 5 still exists.

Solution 1. Run the File as Administrator

Like the error "You’ll need to provide administrator permission to copy this file/folder" when you don't use the computer as the administrator, you may be limited while using it. Most of the people who have been struggling with the software installation due to this bug claim that they have managed to bypass it simply running the file as administrator. 

Step 1. Right-click on the installer file.

Step 2. Choose "Run as Administrator". Then the software may be installed successfully.   

Solution 2. Check the Security Right

The problem may be caused due to security right issues if the first solution fails. Try the following steps:

Step 1. Navigate to C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Local.

Step 2. Right-click on the Temp folder and select "Properties".

click temp folder and select the properties
Step 3. Select "Security" and click "Advanced".

select security and click advanced
Step 4. On the "Permissions", you should see three options:

  • "SYSTEM" with Full control which applies to ‘This folder, subfolders and files’
  • "Administrators" with Full control which applies to ‘This folder, subfolders and files’
  • "Your Username" with Full control which applies to ‘This folder, subfolders and files’

All these permissions inherited from the C:\Users\[Username]\ folder. If you don’t have the ‘Include inheritable permissions from this object’s parent’ option ticked, click on "Change Permissions".

change security permissions to fix the issue

Step 5. Mark "Include inheritable permissions from this object’s parent" with a tick, click "Apply" and then "OK". Click "Continue" if there are any problems, then remove the permissions that aren't inherited.  

After all the steps above, you can try to upgrade your software or reinstall your software again.

Solution 3. Create a New Temp Folder

Step 1. Navigate to the C: drive and create a new folder named Temp.

Step 2. After that, right-click on This PC (or My Computer) and select "Properties".

Step 3. Find the "Advanced System Settings" link on the left pane and click on it.

Step 4. Click the "Advanced" tab and select "Environment Variables".

Step 5. Double click on the "TMP".  

Step 6. Change the value %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp to C:\Temp.

Step 7. Close the window and try to install the software that you’ve preferred.

Solution 4. Disable the Firewall

It may be HIPS (Host-based Intrusion Prevention System HIPS) causing this false positive. Try fully disabling your anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall applications.

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