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Help for “The requested operation requires elevation”

Symptoms

In a Command Prompt, after typing a command, you are told “The requested operation requires elevation.”

Cause

This is caused by the User Account Control (UAC) feature of Windows Vista/7. To run certain commands (including some related to networking) your user account needs to be elevated to have administrator rights.

How to fix it

If someone else administers your computer, then you will need their help. The following instructions assume that your user is entitled to administrative access rights.

A temporary fix is to open the Command Prompt as an administrator. From a shortcut to the Command Prompt (e.g. in the Start menu), right-click on the shortcut, and select “Run as administrator“

Longer-term solutions include:

  • Change the Command Prompt shortcut so that it is always run as administrator:
    1. Right-click on the shortcut
    2. Select Properties
    3. On the Shortcut tab, press the “Advanced...” button
    4. Select “Run as administrator”
    5. Click “OK”
  • Disable UAC:
    1. “Start menu”
    2. “Control Panel”
    3. “User Accounts and Family Safety”
    4. “Turn User Account Control on or off”
    5. Uncheck “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer” and click “OK”
    6. UAC will be disabled once you next restart Windows

Extra information

Networking commands that are known to cause this problem include:
  • ipconfig, e.g. with /flushdns
  • netstat, e.g. with -b option
  • route
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