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Fix Windows Update Error 0x80070522: Required Privilege Not Held

In this article, I will discuss how to fix Windows Update Error 0x80070522, which indicates that the required privilege is not held.

Modify Drive Ownership and Permissions

After changing the owner, you can adjust the permissions by clicking on “Add” and entering the user or group you want to grant permissions to. Select the desired permissions under “Basic permissions” or customize them under “Advanced permissions.”

Make sure to apply the changes and check if the Windows Update error 0x80070522 has been resolved. If not, try restarting your computer and running Windows Update again. If the issue persists, consider seeking further assistance from Microsoft support or a professional IT technician.

Utilize Administrative Privileges

Windows administrative tools

Utilize Administrative Privileges to fix Windows Update Error 0x80070522: Required Privilege Not Held. To do this, right-click on the Windows Start button and select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” from the menu. In the PowerShell window, type net user administrator /active: yes and press Enter.

This will activate the hidden Administrator account on your Windows system. Log out of your current account and log in to the Administrator account. Once logged in, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click on “Check for updates. ” This should allow you to install the necessary updates without encountering the error message.

Adjust User Account Control Settings

  • Open Control Panel by searching for it in the Windows search bar.
  • Click on User Accounts and then select User Accounts again.
  • Click on Change User Account Control settings and move the slider to the desired position.
  • Click OK to save the changes.
  • Restart your computer to apply the new User Account Control settings.

Employ Command Prompt and Registry Edits

Command Prompt and Registry Editor interface.

To fix Windows Update Error 0x80070522: Required Privilege Not Held, you can try using Command Prompt and Registry Edits.

First, open Command Prompt as an administrator by searching for it in the Start menu, right-clicking on it, and selecting “Run as administrator.”

Next, run the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes

This will activate the hidden administrator account on your Windows system.

Then, open the Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in the search bar and pressing Enter.

Navigate to the following key:

Find the DWORD value “EnableLUA” and change it to “0.”

After making these changes, restart your computer and try running Windows Update again to see if the error has been resolved.


What is error 1314 a required privilege?

Error 1314 is a required privilege indicating that the user account running the test does not have the necessary permissions. This error prevents the agent from switching users in Build Forge due to insufficient privileges for the service account.

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