The Requested Operation Requires Elevation: Fix it Now

Have you ever tried opening a file or application and received the error message “The Requested Operation Requires Elevation”? Well don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of users have reported this issue, and the fix is fairly simple. This error message is basically conveying that you don’t have the administrator privileges to view that file. Many people face this issue after upgrading to more recent versions of Windows such as 7, 8, 10, or opening software such as Microsoft Office. Moreover, this “operation requires elevation” issue can occur even when you’re trying to enter commands in Command Prompt.

The only way to fix this is by taking ownership of the files and give yourself access to read/write or modify it. Essentially, only the “local administrator” has direct access to these files, and hence you’ll have to elevate yourself to that position in order to gain access. It’s a very simple and painless process and we’ll show you how to do it.

But I’m Already Member Of The Administrator Group?

Any member of the local administrator group may still face this issue. The reason being is that when updating to later versions of Windows, such as 7,8 or 10, a new layer of security is added. This layer of security is known as UAC or User Account Control. This feature lets Windows protect certain administrative functions. You’ve probably have seen the UAC in action when trying to install or open any applications for the first time.

One of the easiest ways to solve the “The requested operation requires elevation” is by disabling the UAC. We’ll discuss this method in more detail below, alongside some additional solutions. In fact, there are multiple ways to fix this error, and we’ll go through each and every one.

Methods To Fix “The Requested Operation Requires Elevation” Error

In this section, we’ll discuss all the working methods that will fix this error. Note, we’ll begin with the easiest methods first. The former methods will be less advanced, but in some cases may be enough to solve the “requires elevation” error. If for some reason it doesn’t work move to the second method and so on until your issue is solved.

Method #1: Run The Program With Administrator Privileges

This is the easiest and simplest method to implement and will work on any executable file. Just follow the basic instructions below:

  1. Right-click the application you want to run and select Properties (last option).
  2. Select the Compatability tab in the new window that opens.
  3. At the very bottom of this tab, you’ll see a checkbox next to “Run this program as an administrator”.
  4. Make sure that box is checked, click apply and then OK.
  5. Now, try opening your application.

If the “requested operation requires elevation” issue still persists follow the instructions in the next method.

Method #2: Disable User Account Control (UAC)

Now, this method will usually solve this issue in most cases. Moreover, when you disable UAC you’ll no longer see those annoying prompts that always ask you to confirm when installing a file. But be away, disabling UAC means user account who uses the computer will have access to the files. If this is a household computer where everyone is allowed access, then it’s fine. However, let’s say you’re a local administrator managing a group of colleagues at work and want to restrict files we suggest you don’t use this method.

  1. Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Windows search bar.
  2. Click on User Accounts.
  3. Now select User Account once more. 
  4. Now select the last link that says “Change User Account Control Settings”.
  5. In the Window that opens, slide the slider all the way down to Never Notify and click OK.
  6. Your UAC is now disabled, try running your program.

Method #3: Take Ownership Of The File

Now, if the previous methods didn’t solve the issue for you, you’re going to have to take ownership of the file and grant yourself permission. This will work on any file and folders. You can even right-click the hard drive and take its ownership to grant you access to all files and folders existing on the PC. Just follow the instructions below on any file or folder that you’re trying to open.

  1. Right-click the file and select properties.
  2. Click the Security tab then select Advanced. 
  3. Now click on the “Change” link that is displayed next to the Owner of the file. 
  4. We need to identify your user account in order to set give it Administrator privileges. In the Select User or Group window that opens, select “Advanced…”
  5. Now click on the Find Now button.
  6. A list of users associated with this PC will be listed in the Search Results. Click on your User Name and select OK. 
  7. Now your username has been identified. Press OK.
  8. If done correctly, your user account should appear in the Advanced Security Settings. Click Apply and press OK to exit.
  9. Try running your application, it should work without any issue.

Final Words:

The common error “The Requested Operation Requires Elevation” is very easy to fix and really only requires you to grant yourself administrator rights. However, going through the properties of each and every restricted file you’re trying to open may become a tedious task. Instead, we recommend you perform Method 3 on the main hard disk. This can be done by going to “This PC” in File Explorer, right-clicking the OS (C:) directory and then proceeding with the steps mentioned in Method 3.

We hope you found this guide useful and that it solved any issues you were facing with the “Requested Operation Requires Elevation” error. If you have any questions or doubts, please leave it in the comments below.


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