Image Writer keeps popping up "Access Denied" Error 5, what can i do ?

Created by Tobin Davis
error 5

This problem appears to be fairly persistant with Windows 7 users. Through several questions and answers here, it is safe to say that this is not a Win32DiskImager issue per se, but an issue with other applications locking the SD/USB flash device. Some may be music players that are locking it to sync with, others may be anti-virus utilities, the list goes on.

We will try to get some mechanism to detect and close apps that are locking the device into a future version, but for now you will need to close all apps that may be controlling the device.