How to Fix Steam Missing File Privileges on Windows 10

While installing games on steam you get this error Missing File Privileges? Here is the tutorial on how to fix it.

First, let us know some basic information

Steam is an online gaming platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute video games and some software published by some other companies.

While Steam was originally developed for Microsoft Windows some games developed on Linux are also available which you can download with the Linux steam application.

The problem of missing file privileges may occur due to permission settings or administration privilege configurations.

Steam installs its first time itself as administrator but then you uninstalled it without taking back up of game files resulting in this issue. The game files still belong to the user account which is not allowed write permissions for the steam application.

Fix Steam Missing File Privileges on Windows 10

Following are some of the methods which can help you in fixing the missing file privilege in steam.

Method 1. Repair Steam Library Folder

Reinstall the Steam using its setup file. Install it with administrative privileges by right clicking on its installer > select “Run as Administrator”. It may also be required to change the installation directory where steam library is kept i.e. by default C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam

After re-installing you can try launching your game and check if your issue is fixed or not.

Method 2. Restore Permissions of Steam Folder

Right click on the desktop shortcut for steam then click Properties.

Click the Compatibility tab at the top of that window, then check “Run this program as an administrator” under Privilege Level, then click Apply.

Now restart your PC and launch steam again, it should work now without any missing file privilege error.

If you too getting this error while playing games on steam then try these tips and let us know if works for you or not.

Method 3. Run Steam as Administrator

Right-click on the Steam shortcut

Select Properties.

In the Target field add these commands after Steam.exe – “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steam.exe” %command%.

Now launch your game and check if your issue is fixed or not.

Method 4. Uninstall and Reinstall Steam

This is the simplest and quickest solution to fix any issue in steam. If the above methods do not work then uninstall your steam completely then re-install it with administrative privileges.

You will get back your game files back after uninstalling and re-installing of steam on your computer.

Method 5. Repair Corrupt Game Files

If you are still getting the error after following any of the above method, then try repairing your game files.

To repair the corrupt game files, right-click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > System Protection tab.

Check your hard disk name in the list under “Protection Status” and take back up of all important games and other data.

After taking back up of all files, uninstall steam completely from your computer and create a new shortcut for it.

This time uncheck “Run as administrator” while creating a shortcut for Steam.exe file.

Launch your game and check if this method repaired your issue or not? If yes then I am glad to inform that you successfully fixed the missing file privileges in steam.

If this too does not fix the issue then follow the next method described below.

Method 6. Reinstall Windows 10 Operating System

This is really an extreme step for fixing any kind of issue like missing file privileges in steam on your computer! But if none of above methods do work, then it may be required to try this one.  

You can try reinstalling windows 10 operating system on your PC and check if it helps or not? If yes, then I am glad to inform that you successfully fixed the missing file privileges in steam while playing games on your computer.

If you are willing to go ahead with the above step then make sure that you backup all important documents before installing a new OS on your computer.

If you are still facing issues after reinstalling windows 10 operating system on your computer, then it might be required to contact the authorized technician in that case.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. I am trying to play a game which requires steampowered file privilege and steam is giving me the error “steam.exe missing file”

A. The problem can be fixed by following any of the methods given above in this article.

Q. I tried everything but still steam is not working on my computer?

A. If you are unable to fix your issue, then go ahead with Method 5 described above in the article. That might help yo if other methods did not work for you.

If you have any suggestions or queries regarding how to fix Steam Missing File Privileges on Windows 10 then feel free to shoot your comments below! Also do let us know if these tricks helped you while playing games on Steam! Cheers!

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