Visual Studio 2017 HRESULT: 0x80070005 / E_ACCESSDENIED on project creation


I'm running Visual Studio 2017, version 15.0.0+26228.9

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When I'm trying to create a new project via File > New > Project... in Visual Studio 2017, I'm receiving the following error message and the project is not created:

Access denied (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED))

Don't mind the german message text in the screenshot: Exception message on project creation

This happens for every project template I use (e.g. C# WPF, VB WPF, C# Console App...).

If I try to create a project via the quick search box on the starting page of visual studio, VS just crashes instantly with no exception message at all:

Quick search project template box

Has anybody else ran into this issue and might know how to fix it?

asked on Stack Overflow Mar 20, 2017 by M463

5 Answers


I had the same error. I solved it by following the procedure :

  • Shutdown all instances of Visual Studio
  • Delete %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\15.0_f4938f75\privateregistry.bin file (the ID after 15.0_ may be different per machines)
  • Start VS as normal user

all credit for this should go to


Ok, I fixed it. Long story short, the reason for the problem was an incomplete and/or corrupted setup.

But it was a rather bumpy road to the solution, including several un-installations and re-installations until I eventually figured out why the setup was indeed faulty.

Sometimes I got an exception during the installation, other times it finished just fine, but the HRESULT-error persisted when I tried to create a new project.

I my special case, this was caused by the corporate firewall, that blocked some of the setup packets from being downloaded by the web installer. I solved the issue by connecting to an open WiFi, that's not filtered by the firewall.

As I'm working with a standard user, UAC kicks in when I start any installation routine. When I first started the setup via UAC and connected to the free WiFi, it wasn't able to find the packet servers. It took me a minute to realize that the admin user I used for UAC had his own internet proxy settings, that wouldn't work with the open WiFi.

After I logged on as administrator, disabled the proxy and logged on as my main user again, I ran the setup again - and it failed again with a bunch of "incomplete workload" messages. As frustrated as I was at this point, I simply ran it again via the "Change" button without even closing the webinstaller and this time it finally completed without any errors!

After this, I could start VS just normally and creation of a new project was possible.

So, if you experiencing any troubles like this, I would strongly recommend to run a "Repair" or "Change" installation just over your existing one but try to avoid any firewalls between you and the internet.

answered on Stack Overflow Mar 21, 2017 by M463

1/ open control panel -> program and future - > IIS Express -> select Repair

2/ Refresh some time -> open Visual Studio

This 's about IIS Express in your computer . you only need to repair it in control panel is ok .

I tried and success.

answered on Stack Overflow Mar 4, 2018 by jun

My solution,

The Clang-format caused this. just disable clang-format:

Options->Text Editor->C/C++->Formatting->General->Eable ClangFormat Support

answered on Stack Overflow Aug 20, 2018 by Zhang

The below solution worked for me

  • Make sure all the instances of Visual studio are closed.
  • Go to %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\15.0_****
  • Delete the file privateregistry.bin
answered on Stack Overflow Jul 7, 2017 by user1531840 • edited Jan 3, 2018 by Rahul Gupta

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