What to do? The requested operation requires elevation

There are numerous reasons you could find yourself face-to-face with this error. I’m not going in-depth to all of them but I will tell you why you are getting that error. The “The requested operation requires elevation” error indicates that you do not have the right privileges. This normally means the file has to be opened from an administrator account or the ownership of the file has to be changed/updated on your system. Running an file as administrator is really simple so I will not go into that (Right-click, run as Admin) neither will I tell you how to going into your Administrator account.

Change the ownership of the file(s)

[alert-note]You will need to have acces to the Administrator account for this to work[/alert-note]
  1. Go to the properties of the folder that contains the files you need to change the ownership of (or just the file alone).
  2. Click on the security tab
  3. Go to Advanced
  4. Go to the Owner tab
  5. Click Edit…
  6. Select the account name in the Change owner to list that you want to take ownership
  7. Check the box, Replace owner on subcontainers and objects
  8. Exit by clicking on OK

Depending on how many files it are, this might take some time. Once it’s down you will be able to modify the Security permissions as you wish for the files and folders (such as Full Control, Read Only, Read & Write, etc).

Error when using the Windows Command Processor

Te resolve this error you will have to start your CMD as administrator by following these steps

  1. Click Start
  2. In the Search bar type cmd, which should show the cmd shortcut,
  3. Right-click this shortcut and click Run as administrator or press the shortcut key Ctrl + Shift + Enter to start as administrator.

If done properly you should see a User Account Control window, like that shown below. Click Yes to open the Windows command line as administrator.

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Pepijn van Gastel
Pepijn has always been passionate about technology, but found his vocation in medicine. As of today he has focused it's experience on his new startup company PuurHost.nl and is therefore not an active participator of WindowsInstructed anymore.

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