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

Error 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.

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First, start your Steam client as an administrator.

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 1 Run As Administrator

Open your Steam Settings.

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 2 Settings

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 3 Downloads Download 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.

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Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 2 Settings

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 4 Steam Library Folders

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 7 Repair Library Folder

3. Verify if the Game is Corrupt

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 8 Library Game Properties

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 9 Verify Integrity

Wait for a couple of minutes…

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Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 10 Validating Game Files

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.”

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 11 Properties

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 12 Security Advanced

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 13 Full Control

Click “OK” to allow changes to take effect.

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Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 14 Full Control

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.

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 15 Lockhunter

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 16 Lockhunter

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

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 17 Lockhunter

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

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Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Windows 10 18 Lockhunter

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

If this tutorial helped you to solve your problem please share it with your friends.

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you have any questions ;)

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