It can be very stressful to get the Missing file privileges error in Steam when trying to accept a gifted game, transfer a gift from an account to another, or simply when trying to run specific games.
Even though the range of reasons for showing this error can vary a lot, our team at WindowsReport found some useful solutions for you to try.
The solutions we’ll talk about in this article start from the least to the most invasive, so we suggest that you try out each and every one of them in the order they are presented, until your error is gone and you can get full access to your gifts and games. Read on to find out more.
How can I fix Missing file privileges Steam error?
- Closing the igfxEm Module from Task Manager
- Modify the download regions settings in your Steam
- Repair Steam library folder
- Verify if the game that gives you the error is not corrupted
- Run Steam with administrator privileges
1. Closing the igfxEm Module from Task Manager
One way to fix Missing file privileges error in Steam is to end igfxEm Module by doing the following:
- Right-click on your Windows Taskbar and select Task Manager (or press Ctrl + Alt+ Del, and then select Task Manager).
- Click on More details, found at the bottom of the opened window – this will show you a detailed view of the processes that are running on your PC.
- In the Processes tab, search for igfxEm Module, select it and then click on the End Task button.
- Launch Steam again and check if the issue persists
2. Modify the download regions settings in your Steam
Sometimes changing the download region can fix Missing file privileges error in Steam. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open up Steam like you normally would, click on the Steam at the top of the program, and select Settings.
- Click on Downloads, then modify Download region by using the dropdown list.
- Click on the OK button, and then you can retry the game.
3. Repair Steam library folder
- Make sure to restart your computer and then run Steam.
- Click on the Steam button at the top, and select Settings.
- In the Settings menu, click on Downloads, and then choose the Steam Library Folders.
- Right-click on the folder found there, and then click on Repair Library Folder.
- Re-try running/ downloading the game you had issues with.
4. Verify if the game that gives you the error is not corrupted
- Open Steam and click on Library button at the top of the window.
- Right-click on the game that doesn’t run, and click on Properties.
- Click on Local Files, then click on Verify the integrity of the game cache.
- The process of checking the game cache will start and will take a few minutes to complete
- Re-try running/updating the game with the issue.
5. Run Steam with administrator privileges
In some instances, Missing file privileges error in Steam can appear if you lack administrative privileges. However, you can fix that by doing the following:
- Press the Windows Logo Key and R at the same time on your keyboard
- Copy & paste %ProgramFiles(x86)% into the box and click OK.
- Right-click on Steam folder and select Properties.
- In the Properties window, choose the Security tab, and then click on Advanced.
- Change the permission for the first two elements in the list (Users and System) to Full Control, by clicking on the Edit button, and then on OK.
- Run Steam with administrator privileges, and check to see if the issue is fixed.
In this article we explored the best methods to fix your Steam Missing file privileges error. We hope that you fixed the issues with the options we provided.
Feel free to let us know if these options were helpful by using the comment section below.
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