How to resolve ‘The requested operation requires elevation” error?

By Eunice Samson | April 1, 2019 |

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“What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn’t mean anything?”

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All of us expect to get the information, files, or data we need the first time we open a folder. Unfortunately, it does not work that way all the time. In some cases, you might get an error message which says, “The requested operation requires elevation.” It can be frustrating to encounter this problem, especially when you do not understand it and you do not know how to fix it.

If you are experiencing the same issue, you should not panic. You will still have access to the files or apps that you need because in this post, we will teach you how to fix ‘The requested operation requires elevation’ issue on Windows 10.

What Does ‘The Requested Operation Requires Elevation’ Mean in Windows 10?

As the error message indicates, you can only gain access to or take ownership of the file/folder by getting the elevated permission of a local administrator. So, to resolve the problem, you need to change the ownership of the drive. If you encountered the issue while trying to run an app, you can configure its properties to launch it as an administrator. Keep reading this post to learn how to fix ‘The requested operation requires elevation’ issue on Windows 10.

Solution 1: Take Ownership of the Hard Drive

  1. Log out of your user account.
  2. Log into the administrator account.
  3. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+E. Doing so will launch File Explorer.
  4. On the left-pane menu, click This PC.
  5. Now, go to the right pane and right-click your hard drive.
  6. Select Properties from the context menu.
  7. Once the Properties window shows up, go to the Security tab.
  8. Click the Advanced button.
  9. On the Advanced Security Settings window, click the Owner tab.
  10. Click the Edit button.
  11. Select the user you wish to set as the owner of the drive.
  12. Make sure that the ‘Replace owner on subcontainers and objects’ option is selected.
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Solution 2: Run the App as an Administrator

You may encounter the error message when opening an app which requires administrative privileges. In this case, you need to configure the app’s settings to let you open it as an administrator all the time. Here are the steps:

  1. Right-click the app, then select Properties from the options.
  2. Now, go to the Compatibility tab.
  3. Select the box which says, ‘Run this program as an administrator’.
  4. Save the changes you made by clicking Apply and OK.

Solution 3: Disabling UAC

It is possible that you’re getting the error message because of the User Account Control (UAC) settings. So, you can try disabling UAC to know if it is the culprit. To begin, follow the instructions below:

  1. Press Windows Key+S on your keyboard.
  2. Inside the Search box, type “Change user account control settings” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Now, drag the blue bar down to the ‘Never notify’ option.
  4. Save the changes you made by clicking OK.

Pro Tip:

To be able to maximize your folders, files, and apps, you need to ensure that they have protection against threats and attacks. If malware and viruses infect your computer, they can corrupt the files. Consequently, you won’t be able to access them, even with administrative privileges. As such, we recommend that you install a powerful anti-virus.

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Do you know other solutions to this error message?

Do not hesitate to share them in the comments section!

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