Visual Studio requires the application to have elevated permissions

During opening Visual Studio, I got the following error message 

This task requires the application to have elevated permissions

This task requires the application to have elevated permissions during opening Visual Studio


The current user doesn’t have a sufficient privilege to open Visual Studio.


To run Visual Studio with elevated permissions, you should perform any appropriate method for you from the following:

Method (1): Run Visual Studio as Administrator
  • Right click on VS and select Run as Administrator.

Open Visual Studio as Administrator

Method (2) : Troubleshoot compatibility

The previous method should be repeated every time you are going to run the VS. In this method, I will show How to avoid the annoying compatibility issue by following the mentioned steps below :

  • Right Click on Visual Studio> Open File Location.

Visual Studio - Open File Location.png

  • Right Click on Visual Studio Shortcut > Select Troubleshoot compatibility.

Visual Studio - Troubleshoot Compatibility

  • Select Troubleshoot Program.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - Troubleshoot program

  • Check The program requires additional permissions.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - The program requires additional permissions

  • Click on Test the program.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - Test Program

  • Wait for a moment till the program starts.
  • Click Next.
  • Select “Yes, save these settings for this program”.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - yes, save these settings

  • Wait for resolving the issue.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - Resolving issue.png

  • Make sure the final status is fixed.

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter - issue found

  • Click Close.

Method (3) : Set Visual Studio to Run as Administrator
  • Right click on VS > Select Properties.

Visual Studio Properties.png

  • Click on Compatibility Tab > Check Run this program as an administrator.

Visual Studio Properties - Compatibility -  Run this program as administrator

Method (4) : Via Shortcut

Sometimes, you may not find the compatibility tab. so, you should navigate to

  • Shortcut tab > Advanced > Check Run as Administrator.

Visual Studio Properties - Shortcut - Advanced - Run as administrator

The Visual Studio should now be opened properly with elevated permissions.

Applies To
  • Visual Studio 2017.
  • Visual Studio 2015.
  • Visual Studio 2013.
  • Visual Studio 2012.
  • Visual Studio 2010.

4 thoughts on “Visual Studio requires the application to have elevated permissions

  1. I have been dealing with the problem for awhile and this was the best answer. It was very detailed and was able to follow each step. Resolve my issue. Thanks!


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