How To Fix Steam Error “Missing File Privileges”

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Coming across the infamous Steam error missing file privileges can put a real dampener on your day, especially if all you want to do is come home and spend a couple of hours immersed in your favorite virtual reality.

Luckily, there are several tried and tested methods that are well-known for solving this problem. Below, we've outlined the quickest and easiest ways to solve the Steam error missing file privileges, allowing you to get back to what you do best.

So, without further ado, let's jump into the first fix.

Clear Download Cache

The first and possibly easiest step is to start by clearing your download cache within Steam. These are the temporary files Steam uses when obtaining game files from the server.

  1. Start by loading the Steam application
  2. One the top bar, select the "View" tab - found next to the Steam tab
  3. From the drop-down menu, select settings
  4. In the navigation menu, select the "downloads" tab
  5. Once inside, simply click the "clear download cache" button and select OK.

This will clear the download cache, deleting any temporary files used by Steam. I'd recommend at this stage to restart Steam and see if you still get the Steam error missing file privileges.

Disable igfxEM Module

Whilst this doesn't work for all users, manually closing the igfxEM module can yield positive results for certain individuals. Here's how to close it.

  1. Start by opening up your Task Manager. You can do this by hitting ctrl+alt+del or right-clicking the windows logo and selecting task manager from the drop-down
  2. Once Task Manager is open, select the "more details" tab at the bottom, and locate the igfxEM Module
  3. Once found, select it and hit delete to end the task. Alternatively, you can right-click the module and select "End task" from the drop-down

You have successfully disabled the igfxEM module. You can now reload Steam and see if the problem is fixed.

Repair Steam Library Folder

Repairing the Steam library is fairly straight forward, however, it's a fairly obscure fix that only works in rare cases.

That being said, here's the method

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  1. Start off by restarting your PC and then running Steam from fresh
  2. Once loaded, click the Steam tab at the top, then select settings from the drop-down
  3. Inside the settings menu, click the downloads tab and select the "Steam library folders" button
  4. At this stage, you should see your folder used for game files. Right-click the folder and select "Repair Library Folder" from the options
  5. Once complete, restart Steam and hopefully, the probably will be resolved

Verify Game Files

Verifying the integrity of your game files can fix a whole host of problems. That being said, it can actually fix the Steam error missing file privilege issue many are experiencing. Here's how to verify your game files:

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  1. Start by opening Steam and navigating to your games library
  2. Once inside the library, find the game that is experiencing the issue and right-click it
  3. From the drop-down, select the properties tab
  4. Inside properties, find the Local Files tab and select it
  5. Once selected, you should see a button that says "verify Integrity Of Game Files", select it and allow Steam to do the rest
  6. Once it's finished, restart Steam

If everything has worked properly, when the game loads it should download some additional files, then boot as normal.

Run Steam With Administrator Privileges

The final thing you can try to help fix that pesky missing files privilege issue is to run Steam in administrator mode. Sometimes, the error occurs from individual users not having the read/write permissions needed to updated/run the game you're trying to load.

That being said, here's how to run steam in admin mode:

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  1. Start by closing down Steam completely. Go to Task Manager and manually close the application
  2. Once closed, you can right-click the Steam client icon on your desktop
  3. From the drop-down menu, simply select the "run as administrator" option
  4. Once loaded, try to redownload/update the game that was experiencing the issue to see if administrator permissions have solved it

Related Pages

Steam can be a real pain sometimes, with many users experiencing some form of issue whilst using it. Below are some more common fixes to Steam issues you may be having:

Final Word

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