Couldn't link model to 'en_core_web_md' on a Windows 10

I tried to try a chatbot made by a friend of mine on a Windows 10. Getting started with the installation of the backend I was suprised that I couldn’t link model to ‘en_core_web_md’ after using python -m spacy link en_core_web_md en. Here is the full error message:

Error: Couldn't link model to 'en_core_web_md'
Creating a symlink in spacy/data failed. Make sure you have the required
permissions and try re-running the command as admin, or use a
virtualenv. You can still import the model as a module and call its
load() method, or create the symlink manually.

C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\en_core_web_md
-->
C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\spacy\data\en_core_web_md


Creating a shortcut link for 'en' didn't work (maybe you don't have
admin permissions?), but you can still load the model via its full
package name: nlp = spacy.load('{name}')
Download successful but linking failed


(cha_env36) C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation>
(cha_env36) C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation>python -m spacy link en_core_web_md en

Error: Couldn't link model to 'en'
Creating a symlink in spacy/data failed. Make sure you have the required
permissions and try re-running the command as admin, or use a
virtualenv. You can still import the model as a module and call its
load() method, or create the symlink manually.

C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\en_core_web_md
-->
C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\spacy\data\en

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "C:\Python36\lib\runpy.py", line 193, in _run_module_as_main
"__main__", mod_spec)
  File "C:\Python36\lib\runpy.py", line 85, in _run_code
exec(code, run_globals)
  File "C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\spacy\__main__.py", line 31, in <module>
plac.call(commands[command], sys.argv[1:])
  File "C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\plac_core.py", line 328, in call
cmd, result = parser.consume(arglist)
  File "C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\plac_core.py", line 207, in consume
return cmd, self.func(*(args + varargs + extraopts), **kwargs)
  File "C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\spacy\cli\link.py", line 48, in link
symlink_to(link_path, model_path)
  File "C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation\cha_env36\lib\site-packages\spacy\compat.py", line 87, in symlink_to
orig.symlink_to(dest)
  File "C:\Python36\lib\pathlib.py", line 1327, in symlink_to
self._accessor.symlink(target, self, target_is_directory)
  File "C:\Python36\lib\pathlib.py", line 393, in wrapped
return strfunc(str(pathobjA), str(pathobjB), *args)
OSError: symbolic link privilege not held

(cha_env36) C:\Users\antoi\Documents\Programming\Nathalie\Chatbot_RASA_room_reservation>sudo python -m spacy link en_core_web_md en
C:\Python36\python.exe: No module named spacy

It’s weird because I was able to do so on Ubuntu. Do you have any idea ?

Just had to do it as an admin !

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Hey @antoinecomp. Yes. Glad you found the solution! :slight_smile:

Hi , I have a similar problem while installing on Mac (MacOs Mojave) and I am logged in thrru “Admin” user only. Any thoughts or suggestions ?