Required Privilege Error in Windows

Your system displays following error on your screen while copying or deleting files. Learn diagnostic steps to fix the same.

Error 0x80070522: A required privilege is not held by the client

Specify Required Privileges

Your system drive privileges are not properly assigned. Fire up File Explorer and change Drive Properties in the following manner:

For Windows 8.1/ 8:

  1. Click File Explorer icon on Taskbar.
  2. Click Computer icon in left panel.
  3. Right click system drive — usually C:\
  4. Select Properties from context menu.
  5. This opens up Drive Properties. Click Security tab.
  6. Click Edit button.
  7. In the new dialog that opens, check-up following items in “Allow” column:
  • Full control
  • Modify
  • Read & execute
  • List folder contents
  • Read
  • Write
  • Special permissions
  1. Click OK | OK.

For Windows 7/ Vista:

  1. Double click Computer icon on Desktop.
  2. Refer Steps # 3-8 under Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s section.

Change Local Policies

Configure settings related to user rights assignment with the help of Local Security Policy tool in Windows.

For Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open up Run dialog box.
  2. Type “secpol.msc” and click OK.
  3. This opens up Local Security Policy window.
  4. Expand following node from left panel:
  • Local Policies | User Rights Assignment
  1. Double click “Backup Files and Directories” policy in right panel.
  2. Click Add User or Group button.
  3. Double click Local Administrators group, and then click OK | OK.
  4. Exit out of the screen.

Turn Off User Account Control

Determine conflicts with a security feature named User Account Control, commonly abbreviated as UAC.

For Windows 8.1/ 8:

  1. Press Windows Key + X, select Search.
  2. Type “Change user account control settings” in Search Box.
  3. Click Settings icon.
  4. Open that keyword from Search Results.
  5. In the new screen, move the slider to extreme bottom — “Never Notify” option.
  6. Click OK; reboot your PC for the changes to take effects.

For Windows 7/ Vista:

  1. Click Start; type “Change user account control settings” in the Search Box.
  2. Press ENTER key.
  3. Refer Steps # 5-6 under Windows 8.1/ 8 user’s section.

Specify Required Registry Privileges

Some of the Windows Registry entries have inadequate security permissions. Specify required privileges using Registry Editor.

For Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

  1. Press Windows Key + R; type “RegEdit” and click OK.
  2. This opens up a new window.
  3. Right click following sub key:
  1. Choose Permissions from right-click options.
  2. Now that you’ve a new dialog on your screen.
  3. Check-up following boxes under Allow column:
  • Full control
  • Read
  • Special permissions
  1. Click OK. Close the program.

Change Registry Settings

Make changes to your computer’s Registry to turn off additional conflicting security features.

For Windows 8.1/ 8/ 7/ Vista:

  1. Open Registry Editor. (Refer Specify Required Registry Privileges section)
  2. Locate following sub key:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  1. Double click EnableLUA string; replace its value with “0” (zero), and then click OK.
  2. Exit out of the screen. Reboot your machine.