We are using sp2013.

There is a custom user profile property with name: MyProperty (boolean).

The property cannot be edited by user.

I want to update the property value for current user on an application page on click of a button.

Since the property cannot be edited by user, should RWEP?

2 Answers 2


An easier approach is to allow the user to update the property and just hide the value from their edit page. Then you don't need RWEP. Just a thought.

  • Yes I have gone ahead with this method.
    – variable
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53
  • Can I get an answer click from you? Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 13:00

Run with Elevated privileges runs the Code in System Account/App pool account. So you will have to make sure that App pool account has "Manage Profile Permission" rights to the User Profile Service. Follow below steps: Go to Central Admin-->Choose Application Management --> Manage Service Applications--> Select the User Profile Service Application (do not open the service application). Click Administrators in the ribbon on top -->Add the App pool account and set the Manage Profiles permission. See this blog for Granting permission to UPS.

        using (SPSite site = new SPSite("http://servername"))//change the hardcoded URL to suit your requirement
            SPServiceContext serviceContext = SPServiceContext.GetContext(site);
            UserProfileManager userProfileMgr = new UserProfileManager(serviceContext);
            UserProfile user = userProfileMgr.GetUserProfile(@'domain\username');
            user["propertyName"]  = "newValue";


See this MSDN Blog for Working with UPS using Server Object Model.

  • Can you provide some code
    – variable
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 17:00
  • @variable edited my answer
    – Unnie
    Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 18:06
  • The system acc has full control, that is what RWEP does right? Then why do I have to set the right to apppool acc.?
    – variable
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 2:57
  • also suppose I do not use RWEP. Then which user do I give rights to?
    – variable
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 3:04
  • App pool account is the site col admin or the web app admin?
    – variable
    Commented Apr 11, 2014 at 3:51

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