Fix: Steam missing file privileges [Top 5 tips]

By Enya Zhang  Common Errors  gamesSteam   0 Comment

You patiently wait for your game to install/update on Steam.

But oy… It hangs somewhere and gives you this missing file privileges error.

Desperately want to fix it?

Don’t worry, we got your back!

Try these fixes

The screenshots below are from Windows 10, but the fixes also work in Windows 7. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until the problem goes away.

  1. End igfxEm Module in Task Manager
  2. Change the download region
  3. Repair Steam Library Folder
  4. Verify integrity of game cache
  5. Give administrator privileges to Steam
  6. Pro tip: Update your device drivers

Fix 1: End igfxEm Module in Task Manager

Killing igfxEm Module, as reported by most users, is one of the most effective methods in solving this Steam missing file privileges problem. To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager.

2) Locate igfxEm Module, then click on igfxEm Module > End task.

3) Re-launch Steam, download/update the game again and see if it works.

Fix 2: Change the download region

Technically, the Steam content system is divided into different regions. Your Steam client auto-detects what region you’re in and sets it as default. There are times when some servers have the overload problem, hence the missing file privileges error. If that’s the case,we can change the download region to make things work again:

1) Open Steam. Then click Steam > Settings.

2) Click Downloads, then change download region in the drop-down list and click OK.

3) Re-download/update the game and see if it works now.

Fix 3: Repair Steam Library Folder

A corrupted / misconfigured Steam library folder might also be responsible for our missing file privileges error. We might have to repair the folder to see if that clears the problem:

1) Restart your computer and launch Steam.

2) Click Steam > Settings.

3) Click Downloads > STEAM LIBRARY FOLDERS.

4) Right-click inside the Window and click Repair Library Folder.

5) Re-try the install/update and hopefully this time it succeeds.

Fix 4: Verify integrity of game cache

Fix 4 is to verify that our game files are not corrupt. To do so:

1) Click LIBRARY.

2) Right-click on the game that gives the error and click Properties.


5) It might take some minutes for Steam to verify the game files.

Don’t worry if you see One or more files may fail to verify, you can safely ignore it.

6) Hope this has successfully fixed the Steam missing file privileges error for you.

Fix 5: Give administrator privileges to Steam

Sometimes Steam missing file privileges happens because you don’t have full permissions to run Steam. So to give Steam administrator privileges:

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time. Then copy & paste %ProgramFiles(x86)% into the box and click OK.

2) Right-click on Steam and click Properties.

3) Click Security > Advanced.

4) Make sure the first two rows are granted Full control. If not, click edit to change accordingly.

5) Run Steam as administrator and check if the mid-download/update problem gets fixed.

Pro tip: Update your device drivers

If the problem still lingers on after trying all the fixes above, chances are you have corrupted/mismatched/missing/outdated drivers on your computer.

Problem drivers may not pose too much of a problem in the early stages, but if mishandled, they might cause much more serious problems. So it’s highly recommended you update your device drivers to keep your computer in tiptop condition.

There’re two ways you can update your device drivers — manually or automatically:

Update your drivers manually – You can update your device drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver for the exact device. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions.


Update your drivers automatically  – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with  Driver Easy You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.  

3) You can upgrade to  the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.

You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer and hope everything goes off without a hitch on your computer


That’s it – top 5 fixes for your Steam missing file privileges problem. Hope it helps and feel free to comment below if you have any further questions. 🙂

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