4 Ways to Remove the “0x80070522: Required Privilege Is Not Held by Client” Error from Windows

Required Privilege Not Held Error

0x800700522 is a Windows error message that warns the user they are accessing essential OS files that should NOT be ordinarily edited or transferred to another location. However, if you’re experienced enough, you’ll encounter situations where there’s a critical reason to modify one of these folders. This guide provides multiple approaches to working around “Error 0x800700522: Required privilege is not held by client.”

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How to Get Rid of the 0x80070522 Error

Before moving on to the main solutions, it’s recommended to attempt to gain Administrator permissions so that you can solve the error with minimum effort.

  • Run as Administrator: the most straightforward method that overrides Windows restrictions for the root folder is allowing administrator permissions. User administrative privileges provide a higher license to modify system files and bypass the error. To allow these permissions, right-click on the desired file, select “Run as Administrator,” confirm the UAC prompt, then you’re free to do whatever you want.
  • Use an administrator account: Similarly, Administrator accounts grant overall permissions to observe and control everything on your computer without dealing with any critical errors. Go to “Settings -> Accounts -> Family & other users” and click “Change account type.” Select “Administrator” under “Account type.”
  • Use the Terminal app to gain administrative rights: you can also utilize Windows Terminal to enable administrator privileges and perform advanced functions. Right-click the Start menu, open “Windows Terminal (Admin),” and enter net user administrator /active:yes to activate the administrator account, granting you the permissions required to modify system files.

Now that you have accessed admin privileges, you shouldn’t encounter the 0x800700522 error anymore. If you still do, move on to the more advanced approaches below to resolve the issue.

1. Disable Admin Approval Mode

The UAC’s Admin Approval Mode can lock down several functions on your computer, including creating or modifying a file inside the root folders. However, disabling it resolves the problem and only requires that you follow a few simple steps:

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and open the “Run” window.
Opening Run window from WinX menu.
  1. Type secpol.msc and click “OK.”
Typing "secpol.msc" in Run window.
  1. Navigate to “Local Policies” in the left panel and open “Security Options.”
Opening "Security Options" in Local Security Policy.
  1. Right-click on “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode” and select “Properties.”
Clicking on "User Account Control: run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode."
  1. While on the “Local Security Setting” tab, choose “Disabled,” then click “OK.”
Disabling User Account Control.
  1. Reboot the computer to save the changes.
Restarting PC.

2. Modify Registry

The Windows Registry is the primary database for storing the configuration settings of the applications that are running on your computer. Modifying a DWORD key on the Registry Editor can conveniently fix “Error 0x800700522: Required privilege is not held by client.”

Note: make sure you create a registry backup on your device after opening the Registry Editor.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and open “Run.”
Opening Run window from WinX menu.
  1. Type regedit and click “OK.”
Typing "regedit" in Run window.
  1. Confirm the UAC prompt by clicking “Yes.”
UAC window asking for permission Registry editor to make changes to device.
  1. Enter the following location into the address bar on top and double-click the “EnableLUA” registry key to open it:
Typing location in address bar of Registry editor.
  1. Change the “Value Data” to “0” and click “OK” to confirm the changes.
Setting new value data for key in Registry Editor.
  1. Click on the “Security and Maintenance” prompt to restart the computer.
Restart PC prompt.

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3. Change the Permissions of the Root Drive (C:/ drive)

Alternatively, you can locate the root drive on your computer (C:/ drive) and grant yourself complete control over anything. Doing so will prevent the OS from blocking you from creating or modifying specific files in the mentioned drive.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and open “File Explorer.”
Opening File Explorer from WinX menu.
  1. Right-click on the root drive (C:/ drive) and select “Properties.”
Right-clicking local disk to open up its properties.
  1. Navigate to the “Security” tab and select “Edit.”
Editing permissions option.
  1. Highlight the desired user, click “Full Control,” then “Apply -> OK.”
Granting permissions for different users.
  1. Confirm the security prompt by selecting “Yes.”
Windows security warning.

4. Copy the File with Windows Terminal

If you’ve encountered “Error 0x800700522: Required privilege is not held by client” while trying to copy a file to the root folders of your operating system, try an elevated Command Prompt instead. You only need to know the exact location of the designated file and its destination.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and open “Windows Terminal (Admin).”
Opening "Windows Terminal" from WinX menu.
  1. Confirm the UAC prompt by clicking “Yes.”
UAC window asking for permission so that app can make changes on device.
  1. Replace the letters in the command line below with the actual file names and addresses on your computer, paste it into PowerShell and press Enter. The line below copies file “C,” located in folder “B” and found on partition “A.” The document will be moved to partition “D” and placed inside the root folder “E.”
copy A:\B\C D:\E\
  1. The final line should look something like this:
copy d:\job\text.txt c:\windows\
Command executed in PowerShell.

Good to know: learn what to do if the Terminal app is not working.

Gaining Full Control of Your System

Microsoft has implemented internal security features in Windows to prevent third-party software and unskilled users from accessing critical system files. However, you can override these restrictions by allowing administrator permissions, disabling admin approval mode, modifying registry files, etc. Just remember to create a system restore point in advance to avoid losing your data if anything goes wrong.

Image credit: Freepik. All screenshots by Farhad Pashaei.

Farhad Pashaei
Farhad Pashaei

As a technophile, Farhad has spent the last decade getting hands-on experience with a variety of electronic devices, including smartphones, laptops, accessories, wearables, printers, and so on. When he isn’t writing, you can bet he’s devouring information on products making their market foray, demonstrating his unquenchable thirst for technology.

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