How To Fix Steam Missing File Privileges On Windows 10

Steam in a online platform that allows you to download and install games on your computer. It is considered to be the most popular and favorite platform among gamers in the gaming community. Although Steam is a solid platform, there have been reports from users getting an error message when trying to install a game and update the game as well. Error message such as missing file privileges most of the time appears. In here we are going to talk about the troubleshooting solutions that you can try to fix Steam Missing File Privileges error On Windows 10.

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges Error

There are several factors that can cause Steam Missing File Privileges error to occur that can be due to incorrect configurations on both the hardware and software to a corrupt system files. Listed below are the solutions that you can do to fix Missing File Privileges on Steam.

Before performing the recommended troubleshooting solutions for this particular problem, I suggest that you try restarting your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and removes corrupt temporary data and is quite effective in fixing most software related issues.

Solution 1: Repair Steam Library Folder

A corrupt or misconfigured Library folders on Steam is one of the culprit for this particular error to occur. To fix this, you may need to repair the Steam Library folder and check if the problem will be fixed.

To do this:

  1. Launch Steam client

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  2. Click on Steam located at the upper left.


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  3. Click Settings


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  4. Inside Settings, click Downloads at left pane.

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  5. At right pane, click Steam Library Folders. A new window opens.

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  6. At new window, right click on Steam location folder.

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  7. Click Repair Library Folder.

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  8. Click Close to exit

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  9. Exit Setting window.

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After repairing Steam Library Folder, update or install game again on Steam and then check if Steam Missing File Privileges error still occurs.

Solution 2: Verify Integrity of Game Files

Verifying Integrity of game files is performed to make sure that game files on Steam are not corrupt. A corrupt game files can cause this particular error to occur.

To do this:

  1. Launch Steam client.
  2. Click Library tab
  3. Right click on the game that your are experiencing error with and select Properties
  4. Click Local Files at left pane.
  5. At right pane, click Verify Integrity of Game Files. Steam will not start to verify files present on the game and detect any missing or corrupt files.

After game files have been verified, Update the game again on Steam and then check if Steam Missing File Privileges error still occurs.

Solutions 3: Change Steam Download Region

It is possible that Steam missing files privileges occurs because of Steam servers. If Steam servers on your current region is having connection related issues, Steam servers becomes unreachable. When that happens, updating and installing of games on Steam will be interrupted causing this particular problem to occur. Changing Steam download region can be done as many times as you like until you find the right region that is not causing you any missing files privileges problem.

To do this:

  1. Open Steam client
  2. Click on the Steam tab present at the top left corner of the screen. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Downloads tab located at the left side of the window.
  4. Click Download Region.
  5. Choose the Download region to the correct country. This means that you need to choose the region closest to the location of your computer.
  6. Click OK to apply changes made.

After download region is changed, Update or install game again on Steam and then check if Steam Missing File Privileges issue still occurs.

Solution 4: Give Steam Administrator Privileges

If the user does not have full administrator privileges to run Steam and make necessary changes, this particular problem can occur. Therefore, try to give administrator privileges to run steam with administrator access and then check if the error will be fix.

To Run Steam as Administrator:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type %ProgramFiles(x86)% and press Enter or click OK to open Program Files.
  3. Locate Steam Folder
  4. Right click Steam Folder and select Properties
  5. At Steam Properties window, click Security tab
  6. Click Advanced tab at the lower right
  7. At Advanced Security Settings for Steam window, make sure the first two rows (SYSTEM and Users) access are granted Full Control. If not, click Edit to change access setting.
  8. Click Apply to apply changes made
  9. Click OK to Exit

Update the game again on Steam and then check if Steam

After download region is changed, Update or install game again on Steam and then check if Steam Missing File Privileges issue still occurs.

Solution 5: Clear Steam Download Cache

If there’s a possibility that Steam might have acquired a corrupt cache, it can cause missing file privileges error to occur on Steam. To fix this, you may need to clear download game cache on Steam and check if the issue will be fixed.

To do this:

  1. Open the Steam client by right clicking on it and click Run as Administrator from the drop down menu.
  2. Click on the tab of Steam present at the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Click on Settings.
  4. Click Downloads tab at left pane.
  5. At right pane, click Clear Download Cache present at the near bottom of the screen. Steam will ask you to confirm your action, click OK . Wait for the process to complete.
  6. Steam will automatically relaunch.
  7. Log in to your account

After download cache on Steam has been cleared, Update or install game again on Steam and then check if Steam Missing File Privileges issue still occurs.

Solution 6: Allow Steam through Firewall

There are instances where the anti virus or the firewall on your computer is preventing you to access Steam client in connecting to the internet causing Missing File Privileges error to occur. . To fix this, you may need to allow Steam client through Firewall and add to the exception list in Windows Defender.

To do this:

  1. Press Windows key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At RUN dialog box, type Control Panel and press Enter or click OK. This will open Control Panel section.
  3. At Control panel, make sure View by is set to Large icons
  4. Click Windows Defender Firewall.
  5. At Right pane, click Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall option.
  6. Click Change Settings tab.
  7. Scroll down and locate Steam.
  8. Make sure both Public and Private options are checked.
  9. Click OK to confirm changes made.
  10. Exit Windows Defender Firewall window.
  11. Press Windows key + I on your keyboard to open Windows Settings.
  12. At Windows settings, type Update and security
  13. At left pane, click Windows Security
  14. Click Virus and threat protection at right pane.
  15. Click Manage Settings under Virus and threat protection settings.
  16. Scroll down and click Add or Remove Exclusions.
  17. Click Add exclusion tab
  18. Click Folder from the drop down menu.
  19. Locate steam installation folder (Default folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\) then click Select.

After allowing Steam through Firewall, update or install game again on Steam and then check if Steam

After download cache on Steam has been cleared, Update or install game again on Steam and then check if Steam Missing File Privileges issue still occurs.

After following the methods mentioned, you will successfully fix Steam Missing File Privileges error On Windows 10. Visit our TheDroidGuy Youtube Channel for more troubleshooting videos.

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