How to Fix Steam Missing File Privileges on Windows 10

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Have you tried to install or update a Steam game and you received this error message: “Missing File Privileges

Follow the steps in this tutorial to learn how to fix this Steam error once and for all.

If this tutorial helped you please share it with your teammates so they learn how to fix it when it occurs to them.

Without further talking let’s dive in!

1. Change Download Region Settings in Steam

Sometimes the problems resides in the fact that the download region is having problems, Steam may not find the real reason and treats it as a file privileges issue.

First, start your Steam client as an administrator.

Open your Steam Settings.

Under the “Downloads” page, change the Download Region to another region.

2. Repair Steam Library Folder

Now let’s repair the Steam Library Folder to make sure all files are working properly.

Go to Steam > Settings.

Under the “Downloads” page go to “Steam Library Folders.”

Right-click on your Steam Library folder and choose “Repair Library Folder.”

3. Verify if the Game is Corrupt

Under “Library” right-click on your Steam game and choose “Properties.””

Go to the “Local Files” tab and click on “Verify Integrity of Game Files.”

Wait for a couple of minutes…

4. Enable Administrative Privileges in Steam Folder

There is probably a reason behind your file privileges error in Steam that can be caused by having the folder not accessed with full privileges by your Windows user account.

Find your Steam folder and right-click on it, choose “Properties.”

Open the “Security” tab and click on “Advanced.”

Click on Edit and give “Full control” to the users concerned.

Click “OK” to allow changes to take effect.

5. Find What’s Locking Steam Folder Using LockHunter

If all the four solutions didn’t work then there is surely a program using the Steam temp folder.

To solve this problem and unlock the folder we are going to use LockHunter, you can download it for free from here.

After installing LockHunter launch it from the Start menu and click on “Browse for a drive or a folder…

Select the folder “temp” under the “Steam/steamapps” folder.

Once the locking process is identified click on “Unlock It!” to unlock it.

Now you should have your Steam game working and updating as expected!

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