Steps to Repairing a Login Error 403 on Your Computer
What Is a Windows Login Error 403?
If you’re attempting to log in to a web server but for some reason your access is denied, you may get a Login Error 403. This might also occur when attempting to update a Windows server and access is forbidden or denied. The error might read something like: Error 403: Forbidden, or 403: Forbidden Access is Denied.
What Causes a Windows Login Error 403?
A Login Error 403 might occur if you have not been granted admin rights to a web server or program. This error could also occur if a new version or update of a server has been performed, but you were not granted administrative rights with the update. When attempting to install a Windows server update, firewall software could prevent the installation from completing and the Login Error 403 to occur, or it could be that Windows Update might have a damaged component on your computer.
How to Fix a Windows Login Error 403
There are couple options to fixing a Login Error 403, depending on the root cause. If you’re receiving the error when trying to log in to a server that someone else grants you rights to, try Solution #1. If you’re receiving the error when you’re attempting a Windows server update, try Solution #2 and Solution #3.
Solution 1: Request Administrative Rights.
- Contact your server host or administrator.
- Explain the error and request that your admin settings be enabled so you can access the server and log-in.
Solution 2: Temporarily Disable Your Firewall.
- Disable your firewall.
- Try installing the Windows server update.
- Once installation is complete, turn the Firewall back on.
- Restart your computer.
Solution 3: Reset Components for Windows Update
- Go to Microsoft Support page: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058#FixItForMeAlways
- Click on the Fix it For Me tab.
- Read the information provided within the Fix it For Me tab.
- Click on the Fix it button.
- Click Run when the File Download box appears.
- Click Run when prompted to run the software.
- Follow the prompts to complete the installation and run process.
- Run the program in Default mode. Note: if the Default mode doesn’t fix the problem the first time around, run the Fix it program again in Aggressive mode a second time.
- Try updating the Windows server again.
- Confirm that the Login Error 403 has been resolved.
One of these solutions should resolve a Login Error 403 to allow you to access the server for which you were being denied. Good luck, and please let me know if I can be of further assistance!
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