Fix: Steam Missing File Privileges

Getting the annoying "Missing File Privileges" error in Steam? You're not alone. In this guide, we show you how to fix the "Missing File Privileges" error.

The “Missing File Privileges” error on Steam has raised a lot of concern amongst this world-leading gaming platform’s users.

Although Steam offers endless amounts of fun to millions of users daily, the app itself is so complex that running into bugs is not uncommon.

The infamous “Missing File Privileges” error on Steam.

Fortunately, Steam’s significantly large community often comes to the rescue! The users are usually those who find solutions for the problems that occur on the platform.

The “Missing File Privileges” Problem Explained

This error happens when a user tries to update a game on Steam, and it tends to happen mostly on Windows 10.

As for why it happens, users report that it’s related to Intel’s onboard graphics driver.

This issue managed to grab the attention of many as it’s not game-specific. Indeed, it occurs with various titles across the platforms, including some of the most popular ones, such as PUBG and Dota2.

For more information, you can check the largest community thread on Steam’s forums covering this problem.                                                                                                                     

Quickest “Pre-Fixes” To Try

Before you dive deep into the more complex solutions, we recommend that you try the quicker ones first, as they might save you a lot of time.

  • Restart your PC and try updating your game again. Proof for this fix is in this Reddit thread.
  • Run Steam with Administrator Privileges and see if this temporarily solves your problem.
  • Disable your antivirus software temporarily, including your Windows defender.

If none of these work for you, don’t worry. The following solutions are proven to solve the “Missing File Privileges” error on Steam.  

Fix 1: End The “igfxEM” Task In Task Manager

This solution is related to your Intel graphics card, so if you don’t have one, you can skip it and try the other ones instead.

Here’s how to end the “igfxEM” task through your Task Manager on Windows.

  1. Press CTRL + Alt + Delete on your keyboard at the same time. Select Task Manager in the menu.
  2. If your Task Manager runs in “Compact” mode, click “More Details” in the bottom left.
  3. Now that the window is expanded click on “Processes” in the top-left corner to open the list.
  4. Here, search for a process called “igfxEM Module,” which should be active.
  5. Upon finding it, left-click the process and select “End task” in the bottom-right corner.

Now you should restart Steam and try downloading or updating the game. If the issue persists, try repairing your Steam Library Folder. Check the following section for more information on that.  

Fix 2: Repair Your Steam Library Folder

Steam has various built-in repair features across the platform. And, most of the time, they are really beneficial. For example, repairing a corrupt or misconfigured Steam library folder can help you solve the “Missing File Privileges” error.

Some users recommend that you do this on a freshly-restarted PC. If you saw the pre-fixes in this guide, you already know restarting your system is one of the possible solutions. Try this right after the reboot.

  1. Open your Steam client. In the top-right corner, click on Steam and then on Settings.
  2. When the settings panel opens, click Downloads on the menu on the left side.
  3. Click the “Steam Library Folders” button, which should be the first one in the section.
  4. Select the folder(s) listed, right-click and select Repair Library Folder.
  5. When the process completes, try installing or updating your game once more.

The problem should no longer persist as this solution helped many Steam users. However, every system is different, so don’t be discouraged if this doesn’t work for you. There are more methods you can try.

Fix 3: Verify The Integrity Of The Game Cache

It makes no difference which game gives you the Missing File Privileges error because you can apply this method to any title on Steam.

Here’s how to do it in a few easy-to-follow steps.

  1. Open Steam on your PC. In the top-left corner, click on Library. You should now see the full list of games added to your Steam.
  2. Right-click the title you wish to update but can’t due to the error. Select Properties.
  3. In the menu that opens, select Local Files from the left side.
  4. The final step is to click Verify integrity of game files and let Steam finish the procedure.

Note that you can only do this on games that are already installed on your system.

You don’t have to restart Steam after this process finishes. Simply try to re-launch or update the game and see if it’ll let you do it.

Verifying the integrity of game files usually solves many problems with games on Steam.

However, the problem may not be caused by this. The “Missing File Privileges” error has an unknown origin, so a solution that helped one user may not be that helpful to you.

Check the other solutions if the problem persists.  

Fix 4: Modify Your Download Region Settings On Steam

Steam automatically chooses a download region for you based on your geographical location. This doesn’t cause any issues on its own, but changing your download region might help you solve the problem.

Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Open Steam on your PC. In the top-right corner, click Steam and then Settings.
  2. Select Downloads from the left-side menu.
  3. You’ll now see an option to change your download region through a dropdown menu.
  4. Select any location you think will work well with your geo-position.
  5. Save the changes and try updating or installing the game. After that, the problem should be fixed.

You don’t have to restart your Steam client for this fix to work. However, if this solution didn’t solve the problem, you still have one more to try.

Fix 5: Change Settings In The Properties Menu

Our final option is a rather “complicated” fix, but one that’s been proven to work by many Steam users. So here’s what you need to do.

  1. Open your Steam client and navigate to your library. Next, Right-click on your game of choice and select Manage, then click Browse Local Files from the menu that shows up.
  2. In the folder that opens, right-click somewhere in the space. Do not right-click a particular file.
  3. Select Properties and then navigate to the Security tab. Here, make sure that no listed user has the “Deny” tick mark in the row.
  4. If you notice that a user has a tick mark in the “Deny” row, click on Advanced.
  5. Select the user, click on View, and in the dropdown list, select Allow.
  6. Close all the windows and restart Steam.
  7. Try updating or installing the game and see if the problem is now solved.

This fix has the highest success rate, but many users will usually try the other ones beforehand as this may seem complicated at first.

Conclusion

This guide has shown you the many possible fixes for the “Missing File Privileges” problem on Steam.

Users, of course, can’t be sure which one will work for them as every system is different, but trying all the methods we’ve provided should help you find a viable solution.

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Bojan Veselinovikj

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