How to Fix “Error 0x80070522: A required privilege is not held by the user”

How to Fix “Error 0x80070522: A required privilege is not held by the user”:- Error 0x80070522: A required privilege is not held by the user usually gets thrown at the user when he/she tries to copy or modify a file that is not supposed to be modified. Sometimes when you try to add a new file to a root folder, this error gets displayed. This is a good thing in the sense that it acts as a warning before you make some game changing modifications to your OS file system. But in some other occasions, you might just have to copy a file to a specific folder without any restrictions. In that case, you might need to bypass the Error 0x80070522: A required privilege is not held by the user error. Read on, to learn how to efficiently walk past this little issue.



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Method 1 – By Changing Local Policies

It is highly recommended that you create a system restore point before going ahead with the following steps as it involves editing permissions and accessibility of your computer. You can refer to our article on the topic How to create Restore Point in Windows 10 a Step by step guide for the same.
STEP 1

  • Press WIN+R keys together to open the Run dialog box. When it opens up, type in secpol.msc and hit enter key.

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STEP 2

  • This will open up the Local Security Policy window. As next, you need to expand Local Policies and then double click on Security Options entry under it. In the right window pane, find and double click on the option that says User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode. Refer to the following screenshot if you have any doubts.

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STEP 3

  • Now a window by the name User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode opens up. Under the Local Security Setting tab, check the radio button corresponding to the option Disabled as shown and hit the Apply and Ok buttons.

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Method 2 – By Disabling User Account Control

If the above step fails, then you can try disabling the User Account Control to see if that resolves your issue. For that, you can refer to our article on the topic How To Disable User Account Control (UAC) Prompts In Windows 10.

Hope one of the above two methods fixed your issue. If you have any doubts regarding any of the steps, please feel free to leave comments, we would be happy to help. Stay tuned for more useful tricks, tips, and hacks.



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