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A required privilege is not held by the client

  1. #1


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit And Windows 7 Ultimate

    A required privilege is not held by the client


    When i try to open this setup file, it gives me this error "A required privilege is not held by the client" I have full administrator right on my pc. Would upgrading to windows 10 fix this? Attachment 65413
    - Windows 8.1
    - 64Bit OS
    - HP Laptop

    I have had this error in the past and had to do a system restore point but when this has recently started happening again, i had no restore points to go back to. This seems to happen to most applications. I have tried running the exe as an administrator, doesn't work. Also tried to run from external HDD. Googled around a lot but nothing useful Nothing seems to work! Any help would be very much appreciated :)

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  2. #2


    Posts : 100
    Windows 8.1, 10, various Linux


    Strangely, "administrator" is no longer the equivalent of superuser. Files are owned by System and TrustedInstaller quite a bit with associated permissions fairly restrictive to others.

    For stupid example, C:\windows\temp is no longer accessible by "administrator".

    Anyway, there is a convoluted way to get sufficient permissions by "administrator" to do what you want to do -see the "Advanced" button of the "Security" tab when you right-click on the object you want to access and click on "Properties".

    In my case (and that MIGHT mean all 64-bit 8.1 Pro systems or not) the permissions of the parent directory (folder) can also cause problems when trying to enhance "administrator" permissions on an object inside that directory/folder.

    I finally gave up on accessing temp via the windowing system.

    But, in uSoft's wisdom, opening an Administrator-level CMD dialog allows you to command-line access anything. Example:

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    Since this is a common problem, I wouldn't be surprised if there is a tutorial here to (try to) get access via the windowing system.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit And Windows 7 Ultimate


    Thanks for the reply, This didn't work (the elevated cmd and the security tab thing) i have already tried the security tab thing but it hasn't worked. I've also tried running a "take ownership" tool (Take Ownership Shortcut - Windows 7 Help Forums) and that hasn't worked and yes I understand that is windows 7 forums. Would upgrading to to windows 10 fix this problem as this is starting to get really annoying and as i believe that no solution to this problems has been found yet.
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  4. #4


    Are you running from a Microsoft Account or a Local Account? if MS Account try to set up a Local account with admin?
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    Windows 8.1 64 Bit And Windows 7 Ultimate


    I used my Microsoft account. Will try
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    For stupid example, C:\windows\temp is no longer accessible by "administrator". I finally gave up on accessing temp via the windowing system.
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    Posts : 100
    Windows 8.1, 10, various Linux


    Nope, no access for "administrator"-level user:

    On clicking on Temp:

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    and after hitting "Continue":

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    This is on a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro that was "repair install" fixed a week or so ago from a Windows.ISO file downloaded via the Media Center - probably noted here by me at the time.

    The Temp folder is, I believe, owned by TrustedInstaller as is the Windows folder.

    Here's someone else (there are other examples elsewhere) with the same problem: Cannot Access Windows Temp Folder Windows 8.1
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    My security settings-

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  9. #9


    Posts : 100
    Windows 8.1, 10, various Linux


    Oh, sure, one could change ownership and permissions and make everything wide open - that works (though, again, it's NOT as simple as simply doing that to Temp - first Windows has to be changed, THEN Temp); that's why I mentioned the Security tab et al.

    But on the default system that I appear to have, administrator does NOT have access to Temp. And I just checked and administrator has NO (!) overt permissions on Windows - completely disallowed (though there may be "special" permissions that override the lack of ANY other permissions):

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    "Users", however, has minimal traversal rights so I as a User (but NOT because I'm an Administrator), can see Windows contents - weird.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1 64 Bit And Windows 7 Ultimate


    I'm pretty much fed up with this "error" I wonder whether upgrading to windows 10 would fix this? By error i mean "A required privilege is not held by the client"
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