How to fix ‘80004005’ Error Message in Microsoft Access Database?

By | June 10, 2015

repair MS access errorYou may have encountered with the following errors while handling MS access database, but do you know how to fix it? If no, then read the below post to remove such errors easily without losing your important data.

Error Message 1:

Database or object is read-only. [Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Cannot update. Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error ‘80004005’, Database or object is read-only.


This error usually comes when any user tries to insert data into or update data in an Access database. that means you don’t have the permission  to write to the database.

So check that is your database is uploaded to the /db folder which locate at the same directory level as www or wwwroot.

Error Message 2:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers (0x80004005). General error Unable to open registry key, ‘Temporary (volatile) Jet DSN for process 0x6cc Thread 0x78c DBC 0x144cfc4 Jet’.


There is not any particular reason for this error but the main reason being if the path to the database is wrong.

So you need to check the path to the database is right or not, use the physical path on the server not the virtual one.

Error Message 3:

Microsoft JET Database Engine error ‘80004005’, Table ‘tblTable’ is exclusively locked by user ‘Admin’ on machine ‘MyMachine’, Table ‘tblTable’ is exclusively locked by user ‘Admin’ on machine ‘MyMachine’


This error can unable you to open the table or that you already have the table open in ‘Design View’ in Microsoft Access.

Close Access file and try again.

Error Message 5:

The search key was not found in any record, Microsoft JET Database Engine (0x80004005).The search key was not found in any record.


If this error comes to your screen then it means the database has become corrupted.

To fix this error, the database needs to be repaired. If the database is on remote server then download it and follow the below given instruction to repair it:

  • Open the database in Microsoft Access, click on the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Database Utilities -> Compact and Repair Database’.
  • After the database has been repaired, upload it again to the server using FTP.

Error Message 6:

 It may not be a database that your application recognizes, Microsoft JET Database Engine error ‘80004005’ .Cannot Open Database or the file may be corrupt.


This error generally encountered in a shared server environment. Access database have a maximum range of accessing 20 users at one time. You have many solutions to fix this error:

1. Convert to a SQL database.

2.If your database is in MS Access 97 version, upgrade it to Access 2000 or later and reupload your database.

Error Message 7:

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access 97 Driver] The Microsoft Jet database engine cannot open the file ‘(unknown)’. It is already opened exclusively by another user, or you need permission to view its data, Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error ‘80004005’


There are several reasons behind this error message:

  • The file and the data source name are marked as Exclusive.
  •  Reason can be the delegation issue so check the authentication method if it has. If the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) is used for connection string , then try to use Basic authentication or an absolute path like  C:\Mydata\ issue can also occur if the UNC points to a resource that is local to the IIS computer.
  • This error may also occur when you access a local Microsoft Access database that is linked to a table where the table is in an Access database on a network server.
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In order to get rid of MS Access corruption errors completely, you must know the ways to recover the damaged data using repair tool. for manual recovery you must have full knowledge about the MS Access database because any wrong step can completely destroy your entire database and make it unrecoverable. So it’s better to go with the automatic repair method and for that the best recommended solution is to go with the MS Access Repair Tool as this tool will allows you to restore data without typing any command or doing anything manually and fix all error issue.

steps to repair the error:

Step 1:Download and install Stellar Phoenix Access recovery software.


Step 2: Just click on “Open MS access file” button on the toolbar. You will find a pop-up window from where you can search or select for an ‘.mdb’/’.accdb’ file in your PC.


Step 3: Look at the image below you will find same image in your computer screen. With the help of this “Customers” table you will be able to view both the data and column information.


Step 4:Preview the column information of “Employees” table.


Step 5: Now you will the preview of database query.