How to Repair “The Requested Operation Requires Elevation” Error on Windows PC

We all expect to get the information, files, or data we need the first time we open a folder. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In some cases, you get an error message that says that the requested operation requires an extension level. Facing this problem can be frustrating, especially if you don’t understand it and don’t know how to solve it.

If you also encounter this problem, don’t panic. You will still be able to access the files or applications you need, as this article explains how to fix the “Requested operation requires a higher state” problem in Windows 10.

What is the cause of the “Requested operation requires higher-level authorization” problem?

  • Authorization problem: It turns out that one of the most common cases causing this error code is an authorization problem.
  • Very strict UAC rules: If you’re seeing this error on Windows 10, it’s also possible that User Account Control is causing the problem if you’ve previously configured it to be as strict as possible.
  • Strict security policy is enforced: If you’re using the Pro version of Windows, you may also see this error due to a local group policy that forces administrator accounts to run in administrator permission mode.
  • Third-Party Interference: If you are using an overly secure AV package, you may also see this error due to a false positive that tricks your AV system into believing that your system is facing a security threat.

How to fix the “Requested operation requires privilege extension” error message?

Launch the program as an administrator

  1. Right-click the program shortcut you want to run on the desktop and select Properties to continue.
  2. In the pop-up window, click the Compatibility tab and turn on the ‘Run this program as administrator’ option to continue.
  3. Finally, click Apply and OK to confirm the changes.

Disable UAC

  1. In the Windows 10 search box, click on Control Panel and select the most appropriate option to continue.
  2. In the pop-up window, select Security and Maintenance to continue.
  3. Then click Change user account control settings in the left pane to continue.
  4. In the pop-up window, drag your cursor over the Never message and click OK to save your changes.
  5. Then restart your computer and check to see if the error has been fixed.

Change the folder resolution

  1. Right-click on the folder you want to open and select Properties.
  2. In the pop-up window, go to the Security tab and click Advanced.
  3. Enable the Replace all permission entries of subordinate objects with permission entries inherited from this object.
  4. Then click Apply and OK to continue.
  5. When all steps have been completed, open the file again to verify that the problem has been resolved.

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