Fix: The Requested Operation requires Elevation

Microsoft released its latest and the most awaited version of their operating system series; Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. There were major changes in the latest OS based on the appearance, services, ease of access, and GUI. Around 14 million people upgraded to Windows 10 with 24 hours of the launch.

At the same time, people started reporting that they were getting an error when they performed various actions which required administrator access. The error dialogue stated, “The requested operation requires elevation”. This was experienced by users on different occasions such as when accessing their external hard drive or running some utility or program which required administrative access. We have listed a series of steps on how you can troubleshoot what is causing the problem and fix it accordingly.

Solution 1: Disabling the UAC

It is possible that your account doesn’t meet the requirements as set by the UAC to access the utility. UAC is also known as User Access Control. It is an infrastructure developed by Microsoft. It ensures that only users trusted with using applications can access them. Only certain users can get administrative privileges to keep malware off the system. After the recent update, there were bugs which caused everything getting under check from the UAC. We can try disabling the UAC and checking if it does the trick.

This method works also if you have added a computer a computer to any domain and it fails to execute some basic administrative commands.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run Type “gpedit.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter. This will launch the local group policy editor. Note: Local group policy editor is a powerful tool and requires extreme care if you are handling it for the first time. Don’t change items which you don’t know about and stick to the instructions.

 

  1. Once in the editor, navigate to the following file path using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen:

Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

  1. Now on the right side of the window, you will be able to see a number of items. Scroll to the bottom and look for “User Account Control: Behaviour of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode”. Double-click it to open its properties.
  2. Navigate to the tab of Local Security Setting and set the option in the drop-down to “Elevate without prompting”.

Save changes and exit this item.

  1. Now search through the items for “User Account Control: Detect application installations and prompt for elevation”. Once you have found the item, double-click it to open its properties.
  2. Navigate to the Local Security Setting tab and set the option as Disabled. Press Ok to save changes and exit the item.

  1. Now search through the items for “User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode”. Once you have found the item, double-click it to open its properties.
  2. Navigate to the Local Security Setting tab and set the option as Disabled. Press Ok to save changes and exit the item.

  1. Now search through the items for “User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations”. Once you have found the item, double-click it to open its properties.
  2. Navigate to the Local Security Setting tab and set the option as Disabled. Press Ok to save changes and exit the item.

  1. Now press Windows + S to launch the start menu’s search bar and type “user account control”. Select the first result which comes forth.

  1. Once the setting is opened, drag the slider all the way down and press Ok to save changes to the computer. You might need to restart your computer in order for the changes to take place.

Solution 2: Adding Domain admins group to the local Administrators group

If the above method doesn’t work for you if you are having the error message in any domain (such as work, home etc.), we can try adding the domain administrators group to the local administrators group and check if our error gets fixed.

Note: This solution is targeted for individuals who are having the error message when they registered their computer to any domain. If this is not the case for you, please refer to the solutions down below.

Firstly, we would have to define a security group in AD computers and users. In this tutorial, we will call our security group as IT_Appuals

  1. Log onto your Domain Controller.
  2. Right-click on Users and select New from the list of options available. Then click on Groups and then Security. Rename the new group as IT_Appuals.
  3. Now add valid and proper members. I will add Kevin, Alan, and Indigo.

Next, we need to create a group policy. There is also a workaround for this by using the default Domain Policy but we don’t recommend it. In this tutorial, we will create a new policy called “Local Administrators”.

  1. Launch your Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Once it is opened, right click on your OU or domain.
  3. Select Create a GPO and also link it here.
  4. Name that group policy as Local Administrators.
  5. If the policy was successfully created, you should be able to see it in the tree.

Now we will edit the policy to contain the IT_Appuals group. You can also put them into groups you wish to use.

  1. Right-click on the “Local Administrators” policy and expand the Computer Configuration \ Policies \ Windows Settings \ Restricted Groups.
  2. Now at the right side of the window of Restricted Groups, right click on any empty space and select “Add Group…”.
  3. Type the name of the group as “IT_Appuals” and press Ok to save changes.
  4. Now click Add under the subheading of “This group is a member of:” and add the “Administrators” and “Remote Desktop Users”.
  5. Press Ok to save changes.

Note: When you are adding groups, you can add whatever you want. The GPO will automatically match the group on your PC and link it. If you type “Pencil”, it will search all the local groups for a group named as “Pencil” and place IT_Appuals in that group.

Also, if you change “Members of this group:” it will automatically overwrite the accounts you set up in the initial stages.

Now we can test if this process was successful.

  1. Wait 10-15 minutes and log onto a PC.
  2. Type “gpupdate /force” and check the local administrators group. If you performed the steps correctly, you should be able to see IT_Appuals in that group.
  3. Now all the members of the group i.e. Kevin, Alan, and Indigo can access the PCs.

Solution 3: Disabling the Admin Approval Mode for built-in Administrator

If you encountered a problem after updating your Windows to the latest version, it is possible that the system automatically enabled the option of “Admin Approval for built-in Administrator”. This means that your computer will ask permission when you want to perform administrative tasks even if you are an administrator yourself. This policy is located in the group policy editor and we can try changing it.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “gpedit.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter. This will launch the local group policy editor. Note: Local group policy editor is a powerful tool and requires extreme care if you are handling it for the first time. Don’t change items which you don’t know about and stick to the instructions.

  1. Once in the editor, navigate to the following file path using the navigation pane present at the left side of the screen:

Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

  1. Now on the right side of the window, you will be able to see a number of items. Scroll to the bottom and look for “User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account Local Security Setting tab”. Double-click it to open its properties.
  2. Navigate to the and set the option as Disabled. Press Ok to save changes and exit the item.

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect and check if the problem went away.

Solution 4: Changing Ownership of Files

If you are experiencing the error while accessing some files, either on your computer or your hard drive, we can try changing the ownership of those files. Changing ownership of any file/folder makes you the owner and the computer lets you access the files and perform any action which may require administrator access.

This solution is also suitable for people who have backed their data up on an external hard drive and after changing computers, they saw the error message whenever they tried to access it. In this case, you can change ownership of the external hard drive by right-clicking on it, selecting Properties and navigating to the security tab. Then you can follow the instructions of how to normally change ownership and you will be good to go.

You can change ownership manually while there is also an option to add a “change ownership” button to your context menu if you stumble about this problem often.

Solution 5: Running the program as Administrator

If you are experiencing the error message when executing some command on command prompt or you are opening some system file, it is possible that the computer isn’t allowing you access because you don’t have administrative rights.

You can try re-launching the application using the option “Run as administrator” and check if you still receive the error message. In this case, we would press Windows + S and type “command prompt” in the dialogue box. When the search results come, we will right click on the command prompt and select “Run as administrator”. Now you can easily execute commands like “netstat –anb” etc. without any hurdles.

This solution also applies to all applications which give you the error message. Right click on the application and select “Run as administrator”.

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Fix: The Requested Operation requires Elevation

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