The requested operation requires elevation error

This error is encountered in Windows Vista when attempting to execute a command such as ipconfig /release or ipconfig /renew. It indicates that Windows requires administrative rights to the operating system, but is being blocked by Windows UAC.

To resolve this issue, run the Windows command line as an administrator by following the steps below.

  1. Click Start
  2. In the Search bar, type cmd, which should locate the cmd shortcut.
  3. Right-click this shortcut and select Run as administrator or press the shortcut key Ctrl + Shift + Enter to start as administrator. If done properly, you should see a User Account Control window, like that shown below. Click Yes to open the Windows command line as administrator.

Elevated command prompt window

From this point, you should be able to execute the command you were trying to run previously when you received the error message. With administrative rights activated, the command should execute successfully.

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