What is ‘The requested operation requires elevation error’ in Windows 10?
‘The requested operation requires elevation’ is common Windows error occurs usually while trying to access certain files or folders that were copied from other computers. Several Windows 10 users reported about this error and explained that they faced this error while accessing files stored in their computer’s hard drive. Users also reported that the possible reason behind this issue is corrupted or changed file ownership.
You should make sure that ‘File Ownership’ is established properly in Windows 10 and your Windows computer and user are allowed to access it. This way, you can resolve this issue. As mentioned, ‘The requested operation requires elevation error’ occurs possibly due to ownership issues means it might possible your computer might not have the ownership set up properly for the files or folder you are trying to access.
Another possible reason behind this issue can be DNS issues, administrator permissions not provided for the program you want to run, malfunctioning in User Account Control (UAC), antivirus settings and other reasons. If your antivirus software is blocking you from accessing certain files or programs and causing this error, then you can disable your antivirus software temporarily to resolve the issue. Let’s go for complete solution.
How to fix ‘The requested operation requires elevation error’ in Windows 10?
Method 1: Fix ‘The requested operation requires elevation’ error with ‘PC Repair Tool’
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Method 2: Change File Ownership
One possible way to resolve the issue is to change File Ownership in Windows 10. Let’s try.
Step 1: Open ‘File Explorer’ in Windows 10
Step 2: Locate the file/folder that causing the error while trying to access, and select ‘Properties’
Step 3: In the opened ‘Properties’ window, click on ‘Security’ tab and select ‘Advanced’ button
Step 4: Now, click on ‘Change Option’ in front of ‘Owner’ button and enter in your exact username inside ‘Blank Space’ and hit ‘Check Name’ button
Step 5: From the list, double-click on your username and select ‘Ok’
Step 6: After entering your name in ‘Enter the Object Name to select’ box and hit ‘Ok’ and you will be added to the list owners
Step 7: Make sure ‘Replace owner on subcontainers and objects’ box is checked
Step 8: Finally, click on ‘Apply’ and ‘Ok’ to save the changes and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 3: Run the file/program as administrator
It might possible to face this error if the file or program doesn’t have administrator permissions to open. You can resolve the issue by running the program/file with Admisntrator.
Step 1: Open ‘File Explorer’ and locate the file/folder location which was causing the error while trying to access
Step 2: Right-click on file/program and select ‘Properties’
Step 3: In the ‘Properties’ window, click on ‘Compatibility’ tab and select ‘Run This program as an Administrator’ option
Step 4: After that, click on ‘Apply’ and ‘Ok’ to save the changes and check if the problem is resolved.
Method 4: Run SFC Scan, Clear Internet cache and DNS configuration using Command Prompt
Clearing internet cache and DNS settings, and running SFC Scan can resolve the issue. Let’s try.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys on keyboard and select ‘Command Prompt as Admisntrator’
Step 2: Type the following command one-by-one and hit ‘Enter’ key after each to execute
Step 3: Wait to complete the process. Once done, restart your computer to see the changes and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 5: Disable UAC Settings
As mentioned, UAC (User Account Control) settings might be one reason behind this issue. You can try to resolve the issue by changing UAC settings to ‘Never Notify’.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + X’ keys on keyboard and select ‘Control Panel’
Step 2: Go to ‘User Accounts > User Accounts > Change User Account Control Settings’
Step 3: Drag the slider to ‘Never Notify’ option
Step 4: Save the changes and check if the problem is resolved.
Method 6: Reset Network settings
Resetting network settings in Windows 10 can also resolve the issue. Let’s try.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + I’ keys on keyboard to open ‘Settings’ App in Windows 10
Step 2: Go to ‘Network and Internet’ and select ‘Network Reset’ button under ‘Status’ tab
Step 3: Select ‘Reset Now’ option to reset network settings. Once done, please check if the issue is resolved.
Method 7: Fix ‘The requested operation requires elevation error’ using Group Policy Editor
You can also try to fix this issue by changing some Group Policy settings.
Step 1: Press ‘Windows + R’ keys on keyboard, type ‘gpedit.msc’ in the opened ‘Run’ dialog box and hit ‘Ok’ button to open ‘Group Policy Editor’
Step 2: Navigate to following path:
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings \ Security Settings \ Local Policies \ Security Option
Step 3: Now, double-click on ‘User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode’ option
Step 4: Select ‘Elevate Without Prompting’ option from dropdown under ‘Local Security Setting’
Step 5: Save the changes and check if the trouble is resolved.
Method 8: Create new user account in Windows 10
If the above methods didn’t work, then you can try to resolve the issue by creating new user account and login with it.
Step 1: Open ‘Settings’ app and go to ‘Accounts > Family and other Users > Add Someone Else to this PC’
Step 2: Select ‘I don’t have this person’s sign-in information > Add a user without a Microsoft Account’ and enter in his credentials to next window and then click on ‘Next’
Step 3: Follow on-screen instructions to finish creating account. Once done, restart your computer and try login with newly created account and check if the problem is resolved.
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