Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fixing iTunes error "You do not have enough access privileges for this operation"

If you come across an error in iTunes that says, "You do not have enough access privileges for this operation," it may be due to a problem with the permissions or the contents of the folder /Users/Shared (OS X) or C:\ProgramData\Apple Computer\iTunes (Windows Vista/7). This folder is where iTunes stores information relating to iTunes purchases and computer authorization.

This article from Apple's support site gives specific steps for both OS X and Windows users on how to fix the problem.

In OS X, the problem can usually be fixed by simply selecting the folder, pressing Command+i (or right-clicking and selecting Get Info), then making sure that the permissions are set to Read & Write for all users and groups (you may need to click the lock icon and enter your password to make changes):

Also ensure that the changes you made will apply to all subfolders and files by selecting the option "Apply to enclosed items..." from the little gear menu:

If you are comfortable with Terminal, you can accomplish the same thing simply by entering the following command:

sudo chmod -R 1777 /Users/Shared


  1. This unix suggestion was fantastic and was the only thing that worked for me. "Apply to enclosed Items" was greyed out for me.

  2. Finally!!! The correct answer. Thank you!

  3. Finally the correct answer. Thank ou!!

  4. This worked great. Excellent advice. Thanks!