FIX: Can’t Run as Administrator on Windows 10

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FIX: Can't Run as Administrator on Windows 10

There are many programs on your computer are designed to run as an administrator to perform various tasks. Sometimes, the function doesn’t work. There are a variety of reasons for the issue and the solution for the majority of cases is simple and quick. But, it’s important to know the cause before you begin fixing it in order to avoid causing any serious damage for your computer system.

Users who depend on ‘Command Prompt’ to perform the majority of their tasks usually encounter issues if the “Run as Administrator” function isn’t working. This happens to other programs and software as well.

Check Antivirus Settings

Many users have reported that deinstalling their antivirus has solved the “Run as Administrator” issue. Sometimes Antivirus interferes with various capabilities and features of Windows which can cause the error. But, it isn’t recommended to remove immediately, but instead make a few minor changes to the settings to see whether that helps.

The first thing to do is check the quarantine list, and search for any files that could be causing the issue. Certain files are moved by antivirus into the list that are essential for the operation for Command Prompt and other programs. If you’re experiencing issues using Command Prompt, look for ‘consent.exe and then restore it.

If you’re having issues with other programs, you can try restore other files, but make sure you don’t restore a file that could harm your computer. For security, make sure to examine the file you’re about to restore.

If the error continues to occur Try changing your antivirus settings, and removing some features. This method has been successful for many people and may be the reason for the error.

If the issue isn’t resolved in the meantime, you can try uninstalling your Antivirus and then see whether the issue has been resolved. Uninstalling your Antivirus will not leave your PC vulnerable, as there’s Windows Defender which plays the similar role. If the problem is resolved following the uninstallation of the Antivirus then you need to switch to a different one.

Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings

UAC also known as User Account Control notifies the user of changes that require administrator access being implemented by the system. The changes can be initiated by the user or the OS or any third-party or built-in app or malware. When a change is scheduled to take place the user is informed and must approve the change before the change can take the effect.

Sometimes, UAC settings can cause the “Run as Administrator” error. Changing it could fix the problem. It is recommended to try alternative solutions before settling on this one, as changing the settings could result in fewer notifications that can put your computer at risk.

To alter your UAC settings, type “Change User Account Settings’ on the search menu, and then start it.

In the UAC settings, you’ll be able to see four levels, with the highest being ‘Always notify while the lowest is Never notify. The default setting is set to notify me only when applications attempt to alter the computer’. Drag the slider until it is at the point below it, and then click on “OK” at the bottom of the screen to apply the settings. This next one is basically the same setting, with just the difference of not dimming the desktop when the notification/permission box pops up.

Then, restart your computer and check whether the issue has been resolved. If it’s not, move the slider to the next setting where there are no notifications. After you have dragged the slider to the final setting and then clicking “OK” at the end.

Reboot your system and check whether the issue is resolved. If it’s fixed then maintain the settings as they are however, be careful when making modifications to your system or downloading/installing anything. If this doesn’t solve the issue, go back to defaults.

Change Program Settings

One of the simplest and fastest ways to resolve this issue is to alter the settings of the program.

Find the program that you’re not able to run as an administrator. Right-click it, and then choose ‘Open File Location in the contextual menu.

Then, right-click the program and choose Properties, the final option on the menu.

Go to the tab ‘Shortcut’ and then click on Advanced at the end.

The Advanced Properties dialog box will appear. Select the checkbox that says “Run as administrator” and then click “OK” at the end of the.

Then, click “OK” in the Command Prompt Properties’ box, as is the case in this particular example.

You can also the settings, and it could help you solve the issue for most of the software.

Change Membership Settings

To alter the settings for group membership You will need to login with your administrator’s account. If you’re not the administrator, you can ask the administrator to change the settings for you.

Find ‘netplwiz’ on the menu bar at top, and then click it to launch.

Then, choose the user you wish to be the moderator, and click on Properties.

Choose the “Group Membership” tab at the right side of the screen.

Under the ‘Group Membership’ tab, check the box for ‘Administrator’ and select it, and then click “OK” at the bottom of the page to apply the modifications.

Run SFC Scan

If one of the files has been corrupted, it may cause the ‘Run as administrator’ error. To fix it, you can run the SFC scan using the Command Prompt.

Look up “Command Prompt” in the Search Menu , then launch it.

Then, type the following command, then press Enter..

sfc /scannow

The scan may take a while, depending on the amount of data that is stored in your system. After the scan is completed the issue must be fixed by now.

Update Windows

If you’re using an old version of Windows it could be the reason that you’re not able to run applications in the administrator mode. Making sure you update to the most recent version will help solve the issue.

To update your windows you need to use Windows + I to open the System settings , and then select ‘Update and Security’, the final option.

Then, click on the Windows Update tab to the left then click “Check for updates”. Windows will now search for updates, and if there is one then download it and install it in order to fix the issue.

The “Run as Administrator” issue is easily fixed after attempting all the solutions that are mentioned in this article.