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A Required Privilege is not Held by The Client in Windows 10

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Written by Kelly Houstan

The Error 0x80070522 basically means that you are trying to copy as well as create a file inside a directory where you guys don’t have the required permission or privilege. Generally, you guys get this error when you try to copy, paste, or modify something inside the Windows folders and Microsoft doesn’t really allow unauthorized access to the Windows installation. Also, even the users are prompted with the error “A Required Privilege Is Not Held By The Client Error” since these files are strictly accessible to the only System. The error is there if you guys mess with these folders: Windows, Program Files or System32. Just read this article to know all about A Required Privilege is not Held by The Client in Windows 10. Let’s begin!

An unexpected error is actually keeping you from creating the file. If you continue to receive this error, then you can use the error code in order to search for help with this problem.

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

Now the main problem is that the users are getting the error 0x80070522 whenever they also try to do anything inside the root drive (C:). Like copy, paste, delete, or modify as well. So without even wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix A Required Privilege Is Not Held By The Client Error. Along with the help of below troubleshooting steps as well.

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A Required Privilege is not Held by The Client in Windows 10

To resolve this issue, we actually have come up along with some quick and productive techniques. In order to help our users to solve this A Required Privilege is Not Held by The Client error easily actually.

There are certain situations where you guys simply need to have that specific file in that specific folder. And also it is really good to know that there are a few ways that you guys can go about solving the 0x800700522 issue. The first and second methods are absolutely safe, however, the others need editing the permissions and accessibility of your computer. So you guys might want to do a system restore point before you even start.

Run the Program as Administrator

  • Windows doesn’t really allow modification of certain files because of a lack of permission from the administrator.
  • In order to access those files, one needs to right-tap on the file at the initial stage.
  • Select the option ‘Run as an Administrator’ and now you guys can create, modify the files within that certain system too.
  • You can aso save the file in Root C: after making the relevant changes as per your requirements actually.

Turn off The Admin Approval Mode

Note: This won’t really work for Home Edition Windows, just simply follow the next method since it does the same thing.

  • Tap on Windows Key + R and then type secpol.msc and hit Enter.
  • Next, you have to navigate to Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
  • Just make sure Security Options is highlighting in the left window and then in the right window pane find “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
  • Double-tap on it and then choose Disable.
  • Tap on Apply followed via OK.
  • Now close the Local Security Policy window and then reboot your PC.

Again just try to save or modify the file in your desired location.

Change Sharing Permission | Privilege is not Held

  • Right-click on your Windows installation drive (C:/) and choose Properties.
  • Then switch to the Sharing tab and tap on Advanced Sharing button.
  • Now make sure to check mark “Share this folder” and then also tap on Permissions.
  • You have to make sure that Everyone is select under Group or user names and then check mark “Full Control” under Permissions for Everyone.
  • Tap on Apply followed via OK. Then again follow this step until all the open windows are close as well.
  • Just restart Windows Explorer via Task Manager.

Use Command Prompt to copy the files

If you guys want to copy a particular file into the root of C: then you could easily do this along with the help on Command Prompt:

  • Tap on Windows Key + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Then type the following command into cmd and click on Enter:

copy E:\troubleshooter.txt C:\

Note: You can replace E:\troubleshooter.txt with the full address of your source file and C:\ along with the destination.

  • Then after running the above command your files would be automatically copy to the location you want that is the root of C:\ drive here. Then you will not face “A Required Privilege Is Not Held By The Client” Error.

Turn off UAC using Registry Editor

  • Tap on Windows Key + R and then type regedit and hit Enter
  • Now navigate to the following registry subkey:



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  • In the right pane of System key, you have to find EnableLUA DWORD and double tap on it.
  • Just change its value to 0 and tap on OK.
  • Now reboot your PC to save changes.
  • Then copy or modify your file which was earlier giving error and then again enable UAC via changing the value of Enable ULA to 1. This should Fix A Required Privilege Is Not Held By The Client Error if not then just try the next method.

Access the Root Drive | Privilege is not Held

  • You have to create a ‘Restore Point’ before initiating this procedure within the system.
  • Choose ‘File Explorer’
  • Also, right-clicking on the Windows Installation Drive ( C:/) and just wait for a while.
  • Select “Properties” from the list of options displayed on the screen.
  • You can also adjust to the ‘Sharing Tab’ and click on the ‘Advanced’ which will displaying at the bottom line of the screen.
  • Click on ‘ Change Permissions ‘ displayed within the baseline.
  • Select the ‘Administrators Account’ and click on Enter.
  • Just checkmark ‘Full Control’ and click on ‘OK’ and you’ll be divert back on the owner screen.
  • Select ‘Administrators’
  • Give the permission and click on ‘OK’
  • Choose ‘Apply’ and again tap on ‘OK’
  • Now just restart the computer to exhibit the changes within the system.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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