70 responses

  1. Cormac Moylan
    May 30, 2007

    What a terrible terrible error message. Will they ever get a clue? Elevation FFS.

    Can’t they just say ‘Administrative rights are required to run this application’? Jasus wept.

  2. Tom Doyle
    May 31, 2007

    Nah – that would make too much sense…..

  3. Jacob Bardin
    June 4, 2007

    Thanks – this seems to do the trick. As usual MSFT help was not helpful but Google, and you, came thru…

  4. Alastair McDermott
    June 6, 2007

    I’ve been running Vista on my Inspiron 9300 a while now and despite the usual early adopter pains of periodic hangs and crashes I find it to be ok for the most part. (Thankfully my sound card is supported)

    Here’s another strange one that Vista users might find useful – have you tried finding the Send To menu yet?


    That took me a while to track down!
    – Alastair.

  5. Paul Christiane
    June 18, 2007

    after running the command prompt as Admin, it still would say “The requested operation requires elevation.”

    any solution?

  6. Cormac Moylan
    June 18, 2007

    Linux/OS X?

  7. Tom Doyle
    June 18, 2007

    Never come across it not working! Anyone else?

  8. Forrest Fouraker
    June 21, 2007

    I did that and it still is not working for me!

  9. Joe Brouillette
    July 10, 2007

    Yea! I’m using a Vista laptop as my network utility computer and now I can get my NMAP to work. Does anyone know if there’s a way to setup an account on Vista so every time a command prompt is opened it will automatically run with administrative privileges?


    Jobee 1

  10. Moira
    July 24, 2007

    To always have a command prompt in admin mode, I created a shortcut to cmd on my desktop. Enter the properties for the shortcut, under the shortcut tab click Advanced button, choose option to run as Administrator.

  11. Mike
    August 8, 2007

    This did help in a tight situation!!!

  12. Tom
    August 15, 2007

    I tried, like Forrest Fouraker, and I still can’t get it to work.

  13. Mike H
    August 29, 2007

    Cheers, that did the tick!

  14. Kevin
    October 11, 2007

    Hey Guys,

    This discussion was helpful… i was able to get across another vista bump

  15. Raj
    October 24, 2007

    g8 it all works now thanks!! pls let us know if there are any other complicated path for other applications too!!

  16. rick
    November 28, 2007

    im trying to install an update and it says the elevation error, anyone know solution?

  17. Ken
    December 21, 2007

    Thanks for the fix, saved me with a customer ;-)
    Helped get over one of the many bumps when trying to fix probs running on a Windows Vista system ;-(
    I vote for Windows XP!

  18. Patrick
    December 28, 2007

    thanks! (should have never upgraded to Vista…sigh.

  19. Jack
    January 18, 2008

    I can run the command prompt with no problem, but it won’t let me run netstat with options… ie netstat -b

    I get the Requested Operation Requires Elevation message.

    I find this odd as my account is the administrator account. Why would I need to run somethine as administrator when I am the administrator, that makes zero sense.

  20. ESQ
    February 11, 2008
  21. Ron Spruell Sr.
    March 11, 2008

    I can’t talk to my other XP machines. I was able to and did ultil I tried to install HyperTerminal and all went to pot. I got internet connection back for all 3 machines but I have yet been able to see directors on the onter machines altho Printer sharing works. I am hoping someone can tell me what to do.

    I’m using a Linksys WRT54GS router.

  22. Ron Spruell Sr.
    March 12, 2008

    I want to thank you for your help. There are great folks on the internet and I met a friend half way across the world. Thank you.
    I made a bad mistake I was that desperate. Right after I pressed the enter key my stomach gave a lurch and then I looked at what I had done and realized I really messed up, real bad.

    I will never be able to thank you for what you did for me a stranger, a dumb one, border line idiot, but still a stranger.

    Ron Spruell Sr. Hueytown Alabama USA

  23. Nataly
    March 12, 2008

    OH THANK YOU! it was really helpful!!

  24. vektorika
    April 14, 2008

    i had the same problem until i tried the link below,


    this guy explains it very good and very efficient. In case more problems, feedback please!

  25. Anne Ete
    April 16, 2008

    Thanks. This has been driving me crazy. MS really need lessons on how to use Plain English!

  26. Budgie
    May 13, 2008

    Anne, that’s the point – if it was in plain English they would not be able to copyright it. Oh, wait…

  27. majorcodec
    August 8, 2008

    when im trying to run the two batch file, it was run fine, but i think only for LAN adapter only. i would sugest that i would also works on wireless LAN adapters because when i try to run the batch it changed only on LAN settings not for wireless LAN settings.

  28. chris
    October 4, 2008

    Works for me! Thanks.

  29. manjula
    November 6, 2008

    Great it worked

  30. Will
    December 22, 2008

    Thanks you!!! My internet has been crashing at the worst moments and we had no idea what “elevation” was.

  31. saro
    January 9, 2009

    Brilliant Tips. Thanks a ton. Microsoft again prompted a lousie error message.

  32. lol@ms
    January 20, 2009

    How long has it been now that one is able to so “su root” in linux right from the command prompt?

  33. Asif Qazi
    March 7, 2009

    Thanks a lot, It works fine.

  34. matthew
    March 10, 2009

    it says that ‘Run’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

  35. Tom Doyle
    March 11, 2009

    @Matthew – sounds like you are typing run into the command prompt. Follow the instructions above again.

  36. james
    March 27, 2009

    I believe this might answer another problem that eluded me for months. I knew it was a Vista security issue but the errors I got were completely non contextual. Why should I have to run as an administer when logged in as administer? Like someone else said Just say it! I hope they didn’t do anything crazy with Windows 7 other then the stupid name. Where the heck did the 7 come from?

  37. Tom Doyle
    March 30, 2009

    @James that’s a very good point… I never thought of that at all! :)

  38. thedomini
    March 31, 2009

    when I turn on my computer a erros is “The requested operation requires elevation” sometime it also occours while I am working

  39. christina
    April 17, 2009

    ahhhhhh thank you!

  40. annababeful
    April 17, 2009

    big help

  41. khairudin
    April 17, 2009

    I did as u told but a pop-pup pops stating that I need the administrator passwordto continue.what should I do??plz help me.

  42. ctc_donnie
    April 22, 2009

    thanks for this info! it helped us a lot in troubleshooting.

  43. Joe russell
    June 20, 2009

    Great article. Thanks for the help!

  44. Curtis R
    June 27, 2009

    After reading this, I’ve come to the realization that Microsoft sucks a$$. That is absolutely the most useless “protection” along with “UAC”. C’mon Windows 7!, lets see if this “feature” sticks around.

  45. Abeer
    July 14, 2009

    Thanks a million :)
    it worked…

  46. kakashi
    September 1, 2009

    Awsome men thanx a mil

  47. roland
    January 15, 2010

    nice fixed the issue iv’e been having for about 3 months you da man

  48. Fiachra
    February 18, 2010

    Thanks, Tom, that ended my frustration!

    • Tom Doyle
      February 18, 2010

      It’s an annoying one alright! :)

  49. Chien Po
    April 2, 2010

    So is there no cmd shell equivalent in Windows Vista (and/or 7) to the linux “sudo” command. I open the cmd shell by pressing the WINDOWS-R (windows key) to open the “Run” dialog. Then I just type “cmd” and hit enter.

    Navigating the start menu and right-clicking the command shell shortcut to run it as an administrator has two problems. It is much, much slower and awkward. Also, I don’t necessarily want an entire shell session in “administrator” mode. I may just want to run individual commands as an administrator, just like I do with the “sudo” command in Linux.

    So, can this be done in Windows Vista and up?

  50. Vick
    April 29, 2010

    I am getting “The requested operation requires elevation? on Win Vista, have been trying to sort this out for one of my customers but no joy. Can you help me ?

    • Tom Doyle
      April 29, 2010

      Have you read the article Vick ???

  51. Ven
    July 31, 2010

    The steps provided does not work. It provides ‘requires elevation’ even when you do:

    All Programs > Accessories > right click Command Prompt and click Run (as administrator).

    Do you test your solution before you post?

  52. Tom Doyle
    August 3, 2010

    Hi Ven

    Thanks for stopping by – of course it has been tested. If it’s not working for you, you are clearly doing something wrong.


  53. hot metal jack balls
    August 25, 2010

    tom is an asshole.

  54. andy
    October 23, 2010

    lol same thing ”requires elevation” when i tried to open a program then i was looking for what means elevation and get this ty:D

  55. Naveen
    December 23, 2010

    It worked for me though :) thanks, Tom!

  56. Jean
    March 5, 2011

    It worked – no probs! Thank you Tom. So glad I found you! You’re a star!!

  57. Dennis Fitzgerald
    March 23, 2011

    Your fix DOESN’T WORK!! I an so pissed that My crow shi_ would even add code to screw their os any more than it already is. Can anyone send me a fix and don’t send rehashed CMD prompt instructions cause it doesn’t work

  58. Tom Doyle
    March 24, 2011


    If this doesn’t work for you, your administrator mustn’t have the rights to perform the task or else there’s something else wrong.

  59. Abe
    May 26, 2011

    Hi there,

    For those who couldn’t follow this word for word, when you right click go to “Open File Location”. Right click cmd.exe in there and you get “Run as Administrator”. Sometimes it’s not directly available in the Programs Menu

  60. jean-simon
    June 15, 2011

    There actually is an issue when using corporate networks on windows vista/7. My account is listed as admin but the windows keeps popping back up. Anyway the IT service isnt able to fix it so I bought my own laptop and it works fine

  61. Abe
    June 16, 2011

    Hey jean-Simon,

    IF they couldn’t fix that, you need a better IT team…

  62. AmyK
    July 25, 2011

    Thanks Abe. Looks like that was the key to getting around Elevation issue.

  63. Paul
    September 21, 2011

    Yes!!!! thank you, so simple … phew

  64. jeff
    September 28, 2011

    Yes this helps, this problem has been frustrating.

  65. Slinky
    December 19, 2011

    Thanks this worked!

  66. Abdullah
    June 1, 2012

    Thanks man, it worked.

  67. patavee
    August 16, 2012

    Thank you

  68. tim
    July 6, 2013

    For me (Vista), the fix does not work, plus my user ID is an administrator.

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