Full Fix: Elevated Permissions are Required to Run DISM

Find out four effective solutions to solve DISM issues

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  • Seeing the Elevated permissions are required message when trying to run the DISM command can stop you from repairing your PC.
  • This issue can be resolved by running the DISM command with administrator privileges.
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The Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a command-line utility you can access within the Command Prompt.

However, the Dism command doesn’t always work for some users. The Command Prompt might sometimes display this error message after users enter the Dism command:

Error: 740 Elevated permissions are required to run DISM. Use an elevated Command Prompt to complete these tasks.

That message drops more than a subtle hint as to how to resolve Elevated permissions are required to run DISM in Windows 10/11. You need to open an elevated Command Prompt (one with administrative rights) to utilize Deployment Image Servicing. So, fixing error 740 is straightforward.

What is an elevated permission?

A user is said to have elevated permission when additional capabilities beyond those of a standard user are assigned to that user.

The administrator account has elevated privileges compared to a standard user.

How do I raise permissions to run DISM?

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1. Select the Run the Command Prompt as an administrator option

1. First you need to open Windows 10’s search box. To do that, press the Windows key + S keyboard shortcut.

2. Type Command Prompt in the search utility then select Run as administrator from the right side, under the result.

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3. Click Yes on the UAC dialog box that might open. An Administrator: Command Prompt window will then open.

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4. Type in the Deployment Image Servicing command.

5. Press the Enter key to run the command. The Elevated permissions are required to run DISM issue should no longer appear.

If you are encountering the Elevated permissions are required to run DISM issue, the first thing you need to try is run the command-line tool you want to run DISM on with administrator rights.

Some users complained that they can’t access the Command Prompt as administrators. If that’s also your case, don’t worry, we got your back!

2. Select the Run new task option

  1. Alternatively, you can open an elevated Command Prompt via Task Manager. Right-click the taskbar in Windows 10 to select the Task Manager option.
  2. Next, click File.
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  3. Select the Run new task option to open the window shown directly below.
  4. Enter cmd in the Open text box.2
  5. Select the Create this task with administrative privileges option.
  6. Click OK to open an elevated Command Prompt.

3. Open an elevated Command Prompt with Run

  1. Run is an accessory you can open an elevated Command Prompt with. To do so, open the Win + X menu by right-clicking the Start menu.
  2. Select Run to open it. Enter cmd in the Run box.
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  3. Press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter hotkey.
  4. Select the Yes option on the UAC dialog box.

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4. Set up a Command Prompt shortcut

  1. You can also set up a desktop shortcut that will open an elevated Command Prompt when you click it. To do that, right-click the desktop and select Shortcut.
  2. Enter cmd.exe in the Type the location of the text box.
    Create Shortcut window elevated permissions are required to run dism
  3. Click the Next button.
  4. The shortcut title will be cmd.exe by default, but you can change it to an alternative of your preference.
  5. Click the Finish button.
  6. Next, right-click the cmd.exe desktop shortcut and select Properties.
  7. Select the Shortcut tab in the snapshot directly below.
    cmd.exe Properties window elevated permissions are required to run dism
  8. Click the Advanced button.
  9. Select Run this administrator option.
    Advanced Properties window elevated permissions are required to run dism
  10. Click the OK button to exit Advanced Properties.
  11. Click the Apply option.
  12. Select OK to close the window and fix error 740 DISM.

How and why are elevated permissions used?

The CMD starts by default with limited rights and this is nothing but a security measure designed to prevent users from running commands that can irreversibly damage their PCs.

While you won’t have any trouble executing most commands in standard mode, there are specific lines that require administrative privileges (aka elevated permissions).

To put it shortly, you will need to run Command Prompt as administrator if you wish to perform SFC or DISM scans, for example. But the list is obviously longer than that.

So what happens if you try to run such a command without admin rights?

That’s easy and you’ve probably seen this behavior already (otherwise, you wouldn’t be here.) The Command prompt will display an error message and urge you to activate elevate permissions.

Let’s see some examples:

  • You must be an administrator running a console session in order to use the SFC utility.
  • Access Denied as you do not have sufficient privileges or the disk may be locked by another process.
  • You have to invoke this utility running in elevated mode and make sure the disk is unlocked.
  • Elevated permissions are required to run DISM. Use an elevated command prompt to complete these tasks.

Finally, setting the two instances apart is extremely easy as the title of the elevated Command Prompt window will be marked as Administrator and get you straight to the system root level, while the standard cmd.exe opens to your user’s folder and is simply marked as Command Prompt.

These are the best solutions to try out in order to fix error 740: elevated permissions are required to run DISM. use an elevated command prompt to complete these tasks.

Sometimes, the Run as Administrator option will not work. In this case, we recommend that you remove the problematic application that causes this issue.

Alternatively, if you get access denied while using an administrator account, make sure to refer to our dedicated guide on this issue.

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