How to fix missing file privileges Steam error

It can be very stressful to get the Lack of File Privileges on Steam error when trying to accept a gifted game, transferring a gift from one account to another, or simply trying to run specific games.

Although the range of reasons for displaying this error can vary widely, our Windows Report team found some useful solutions for you to try.

The solutions that we will talk about in this article start from the least invasive to the most invasive, so we suggest that you try each and every one of them in the order in which they are presented, until your error disappears and you can have full access to your gifts and games. Read on for more information.

Contents index

  • How can I fix a Steam file privilege missing error?
    • Close the igfxEm module from Task Manager
    • Modify the configuration of the download regions in your Steam
    • Steam Repair Library Folder
    • Check if the game that gives you the error is not corrupt
    • Run Steam with administrator privileges

How can I fix a Steam file privilege missing error?

  1. Close the igfxEm module from Task Manager

One way to fix the Lack of File Privileges error on Steam is to terminate the igfxEm Module by doing the following:

  1. Right-click on the Windows taskbar and select Task Manager (or press Ctrl + Alt + Del , and then select Task Manager ).
  2. 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.
  3. In the Processes tab , find igfxEm Module, select it and click the End Task button
  4. Launch Steam again and see if the problem persists
  1. Modify the configuration of the download regions in your Steam

Sometimes changing the download region can fix the Steam file privileges missing error . For this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam as you normally would, click Steam at the top of the program and select Settings Settings….
  2. Click Downloads, and modify Download Region using the drop-down list.
  3. Click the OK button and then you can try the game again.
  1. Steam Repair Library Folder
  1. Make sure to restart your computer and then run Steam.
  2. Click on the Steam button at the top and select Settings.
  3. On the Settings menu , click Downloads, and then select Steam Library Folders .
  4. Right-click the folder there , and then click Repair Library Folder.
  5. Please try running / downloading the game you had trouble with again.
  1. Check if the game that gives you the error is not corrupt
  1. Open Steam and click the Library button at the top of the window.
  2. Right-click the game that is not running and click Properties.
  1. Click Local Files , then click Verify Game Cache Integrity .
  1. The process of checking the game cache will start and take a few minutes to complete


  1. Try again to run / update the game with the problem.
  1. Run Steam with administrator privileges

In some cases, you may get a lack of file privileges error on Steam if you lack administrative privileges. However, you can fix it by doing the following:

  1. Press the Windows logo key and R at the same time on the keyboard


  1. Copy and paste % ProgramFiles (x86)% into the box and click OK.
  2. Right click on the Steam folder and select Properties
  3. In the Properties window , select the Security tab , and click Advanced
  4. Change permission for the first two items on the list (users and system) to Full Control, by clicking the button Edit , ,, and then click OK ,


  1. Run Steam with administrator privileges , and check if the problem is fixed.

In this article we explore the best methods to fix the Steam Missing file privileges error . We hope you have fixed the problems with the options we gave you.

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