How to Fix Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM (Error 740)

Looking for easy solutions to fix the ‘Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM’ (Error 740)?

DISM is a command-line tool that helps configure and install Windows features, create files, run programs, and repair Windows. This tool supports a variety of features and also is capable of replacing other deployment tools like ImageX. 

Unfortunately, it is common for users to run into errors while using DISM. This can be frustrating, especially when you are trying to open, create, or delete files on your PC in a hurry. One such DISM error that does not allow users to access files is the DISM error 740. This error suggests that the users need to have local administrative ownership if they want to access a file. 


How to Fix Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM (Error 740)


Error 740 occurs when the User Account Control (UAC) section of your PC detects your profile as a “user” instead of an “administrator”. As a result, UAC does not allow you to open programs that can be accessed by administrators only. 

If you have been facing this error on your PC, we got you covered. 

This guide will walk you through the process of fixing the “Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM” error in a few simple steps. 

Let’s get started. 


1. Run Command Prompt as an Administrator.

It is common to experience DISM error 740 when you are trying to run a command in the Command Prompt. A simple solution to this is to run the commands in elevated Command Prompt, as it gives administrative rights to the users. 

To run Command Prompt as an administrator, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Type Command Prompt in the search bar. 
  2. Select Run as Administrator on the right panel. 

How to Fix Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM


  1. This will open a new window to confirm the operation. Select Yes to run Command Prompt as an administrator. 
  2. You can now type the Deployment Image Servicing command in the Command Prompt and hit Enter. 

This will enable you to execute all the commands in Command Prompt.



However, if you want to open a particular program, follow the steps mentioned below. 

  1. Locate the icon of the application on your PC’s desktop. 
  2. Right-click the icon and select Run as an administrator option.

How to Fix Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM  

Doing so will solve the error and you will be able to run the program. 



2. Disable User Account Controls.

As mentioned earlier, UAC (User Account Control) analyzes your profile and determines if you are a user or an administrator. You can simply disable User Account Controls to access all the programs and files on your computer. 

To disable User Account Controls, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Type Control Panel in the search bar and hit Enter.
  2. In the Control Panel window, type UAC in the search box on the top right corner. 

User Account Control Settings Windows 10


  1. Click on “Change User Account Control Settings” to open a new window. 
  2. In the new window, move the blue scale down to the last option to solve the error. 

Change UAC Settings Windows



  1. Finally, select Yes to change User Account Control settings on your PC. 

Disabling User Account Controls will give you administrative rights on your PC. If the problem persists, try the method mentioned below. 



3. Repair the Registry.

A corrupted registry can also cause DISM error 740 in your PC. To solve this issue, you need to download and run a Registry Cleaner on your PC. 

A registry cleaner can run scans through the registry and identify the corrupted files that you need to remove from your PC. Some of the best registry cleaners are listed below:

  1. Advanced SystemCare
  2. CCleaner
  3. RegClean Pro

Using a third-party registry cleaner will remove all the redundant items and keep the system error-free. Moreover, it will also increase the speed of your computer. 



4. Enable Run New Task Option. 

A Task Manager provides information about the general status of the computer. If you have been facing the DISM error 740 on your PC, you can open Elevated Command Prompt through Task Manager to get the administrative rights. 

To do so, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Type Task Manager in the search bar and hit Enter to open the application. 
  2. Select File from the menu bar and click on Run new task to open a dialogue box. 
  3. Type cmd in the box and select the Create this task with administrative privilegesoption. 

How to Fix Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM (Error 740)


  1. Now, select OK to open the elevated Command Prompt. 

Hopefully, you will now be able to execute all the commands without any issue. 



5. Set Up a Command Prompt Shortcut.

Opening Elevated Command Prompt through Task Manager might seem like a time-consuming or complex process. To simplify it, you can create a shortcut for elevated Command Prompt on your desktop. 

This shortcut will allow you to open an elevated Command Prompt simply by clicking it. 

To create a shortcut, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Right-click the desktop and select the New option. 
  2. Click on Shortcut and type cmd.exe in the text box. 
  3. Click Next and name the shortcut Elevated Command Prompt
  4. Hit Enter to create a shortcut. 
  5. Right-click the shortcut and select the Properties option. 

Cmd Shortcut Windows


  1. Click on Advanced and select Run as administrator option. 

Run CMD as Administrator


  1. Now click OK to save the changes. 
  2. Click Apply and then select OK to close the window. 

This method will help you access Command Prompt with administrative rights through a single click. You can then run commands without any error. 



6. Open Elevated Command With Run.

Windows offers several ways to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges. Another easy way to open Command Prompt as an administrator is through the Run dialogue. This will give you the administrative rights to execute commands successfully. 

To open elevated Command Prompt using the Run dialogue box, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Press the Windows + X keys simultaneously and select the Run option. 
  2. Type cmd in the dialogue box and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter simultaneously. 

Elevated Command Prompt


  1. Doing so will open an elevated Command Prompt. You can try running commands now to see if the problem has been solved. 

Hopefully, this will solve the issue and you will be able to execute commands without any errors. 

This brings us to the end of our guide on How to Fix Elevated Permissions are required to run DISM (Error 740). We hope this guide helped you solve the error in your PC. Moreover, we have also provided solutions for DISM error 1009 in Windows 10. If you have been experiencing the Initialization error, don’t forget to read through the guide. In case of queries, feel free to drop them down in the comment section below.


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  • Zainab Falak

    Zainab Falak is a staff writer for Saint and an expert in Microsoft Windows, having authored more than 200 posts. She has a Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences and her passion for computers extends to exploring various aspects, from UI customization to the Windows registry and exploring error codes. Twitter LinkedIn

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