What is Error 0x800704C8, and How to Fix This Error When Copying Files?

A lot of Windows users have lately reported a common issue known as the Error 0x800704C8. While the Error 0x800704C8 occurs, it keeps the user from copying certain files and folders due to various possible reasons. Also, the error displays with the following message, “The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user-mapped section opened”.

Today in this article, we have compiled a list of all possible reasons that are known to trigger the Error 0x800704C8 and solutions for the same. If you are also the one suffering from the same issue, make sure you read the article till the end. Have a look:

What is Error 0x800704C8?

The Error 0x800704C8 is a common error in Windows operating system that usually occurs while the user tries to copy certain files from one location to the other. It can happen due to various reasons, of which the primary ones are missing ownership of the file and system file corruption. However, apart from these, the Missing admin access and the 3rd party AV interference can also result in triggering the Error 0x800704C8. Also, whenever this error prompt occurs, it keeps the user from copying certain files and leave them in their original location.

Fixes for “Error 0x800704C8 when copying files.”

What is Error 0x800704C8, and How to Fix This Error When Copying Files?

FIX 1: Take Ownership of the File:

The Error 0x800704C8 when a user copying certain files can primarily be a result of “Lack of Permission” that is preventing the file from being copied anywhere outside the drive. Here the most suitable solution is to take ownership of the file. Now you can take ownership either manually or automatically. Here are both the ways explained, have a look:


  • Firstly, right-click over the file that you want to take ownership of and select the Security tab.
  • Now under the Groups and other users section, check whether you have adequate permission or not. If not, select the User and click on the Edit and then tick the Allow of Full Control option.


  • You can also use a freeware program that allows you to take control over the files and admit the needed permissions. Thus, you can copy the files wherever you want without any obstacles. There are several such tools available online; make sure you use a trustworthy one.

Once you take ownership of the file with any of the above methods, the said error issue will get resolved in no time.

FIX 2: Open Visual Studio with Admin Access (if applicable):

If the file you are trying to move is at present a part of Visual Studio, then you might require to provide administrator permission/ ownership to move the file here as well. In this situation, to get rid of the error, the user needs to close the Visual Studio when moving the files. If you need to move the files dynamically (when Visual Studio is opened), follow the steps given below:

  • Firstly, right-click on the executable that you use to launch Visual Studio and then click on the option Run as Administrator from the sub-menu.

NOTE: The issue would get resolved simply by running Visual Studio with admin access; however, you want to avoid doing the above steps all the time you want to launch Visual Studio then follow the extended steps given below:

Before you begin, make sure Visual Studio isn’t operating, and there is no additional program running in the background as well.

  • Now firstly, launch My Computer or File Explorer and navigate to

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2019\{editionName} (It is basically the location where you must have installed Steam.

  • Further, locate VisualStudio.exe, right-click over it and select the option Properties.
  • In the Properties window, navigate to the Compatibility tab and then, under the Settings section, tick the checkbox adjoining the option Run this program as an administrator.
  • Lastly, click on Apply to make the changes applied.

FIX 3: Run SFC scan and DISM Scan:

In case the system’s corrupted files are affecting the ability of your operating system to handle file management, it might also trigger the Error 0x800704C8 when copying files. Here all you can do is run the SFC and DISM scan and check whether it helps or not. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

For SFC scan:

Before you begin with the SFC scan, make sure that if you use a traditional HDD instead of a more modern SSD, the scanning process might take longer than usual (maybe a couple of hours). Also, there are chances that the utility freezes for some time, but if it happens, you must not close or interrupt the Command Prompt window.

  • Firstly, navigate to the desktop search bar, type “cmd” and launch the Command Prompt window. Make sure you launch it with admin access.Fix: Notifications Banners Not Showing on Windows 10
  • Now inside the Command Prompt window, type sfc/ scannow and then press Enter.
  • Let the scan process on its own. Do not try to close the window during the scan.

For DISM scan:

DISM Scan uses an internet connection; thus, before you begin, make sure you are connected to an uninterrupted internet connection.

  • Inside the Command prompt window, type or Copy + Paste the following command.

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth dism tool windows 10 store

  • After that, press Enter.
  • Once the scanning process gets done, restart your computer, and try to copy the file. Check whether the issue got resolved or persist.

FIX 4: Disable or Uninstall Antivirus Software:

Windows users who use a 3rd party security suite or firewall might also see the Error 0x800704C8 when copying files. Here the best solution is to Disable or Uninstall Antivirus Software. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

For third-party security suite users:

  • Begin with disabling the Security suite before you open the Windows Backup. You can do the same simply from the tray-icon of the security suite.
  • Navigate to the tray-icon, right-click over the 3rd party security suite and then further choose the option that allows you to disable the real-time protection.

For third-party firewall users:

Now for firewall users, if the issue is caused by a firewall, then disabling the real-time protection will not help you. Here the user would require to uninstall the 3rd party firewall and check whether it helps or not.

  • Firstly, launch the RUN prompt by pressing WINDOWS + R altogether.
  • Now inside the empty text box, type appwiz.cpl and then press Enter. Here if prompted by the UAC (User Account Control), then click on Yes to grant the permission. You will be redirected to the Programs and Features menu.
  • Now at the Programs and Features window, scroll down the list of installed applications, locate the 3rd party firewall suite that you want to uninstall, right-click over it and select the option Uninstall from the sub-menu.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions in order to complete the uninstallation process.
  • Once done, restart your computer and check whether the said issue got resolved or not.

FIX 5: Reset every OS component:

If none of the above-mentioned fixes works for you, then your system might be dealing with some system file corruption that is affecting a dependency used by the backup sequence, which in a result is showing you the Error 0x800704C8 when copying files. Here the best solution is resetting every OS component. Now for doing so, there are two ways, have a look at them down below:

  • The first and the quickest one is the Clean Install. It will not require you to use compatible installation media.

Note: Before you proceed, make sure you create a backup for all your personal data, as you might lose all your files and folders present in the OS driver.


  • The second is the install repair (in-place repair). It will require compatible installation media for the same. Though install repair is a tedious and time taking process, it won’t harm any of your personal data and will also refresh every potentially corrupted component.

These were all the tried, tested, and proven fixes for the Error 0x800704C8. We have compiled and listed fixes dedicatedly for several reasons; thus, one can use the solution they will find suits their case the most.

By the end of this article, we hope you will find all the information mentioned here as helpful and relevant. If you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.

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