1. Joined : Nov 2014
    UK
    Posts : 232
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       07 Aug 2015 #1

    How to run File Explorer as Administrator


    What I don't understand is why with administrator rights, I can't access or delete files or even save files to the Windows folder.

    I also don't have the option if I right click to run File Explorer with Administrator rights.

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    If I Right Click on another Application I get to run as Administrator

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    Here are File Explorer properties; as you can see the olption to run as Administrator is grayed out

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    Last edited by WightWalker; 07 Aug 2015 at 14:57.
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 23
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
       07 Aug 2015 #2

    Because "File Explorer" on Start is not really an application, it's much like a placeholder or quick access link to explorer.exe (and you can configure a third party file manager to replace Windows default explorer.exe if you want).

    You can however use "File Explorer" to open C:\Windows folder, find explorer.exe there, right click and choose "Run as administrator".
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  3. Joined : Nov 2014
    UK
    Posts : 232
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       08 Aug 2015 #3

    cameos said: View Post
    Because "File Explorer" on Start is not really an application, it's much like a placeholder or quick access link to explorer.exe (and you can configure a third party file manager to replace Windows default explorer.exe if you want).

    You can however use "File Explorer" to open C:\Windows folder, find explorer.exe there, right click and choose "Run as administrator".
    That works fine, but I still don't understand why, as an administrator, with administrator rights, I still can't delete some files. I've tried taking ownership but with no success.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 42
    Win10
       08 Aug 2015 #4

    It is a security thing, to minimize the damage a malicious program might do. It is called User Account Control - UAC.
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       08 Aug 2015 #5

    WightWalker said: View Post
    That works fine, but I still don't understand why, as an administrator, with administrator rights, I still can't delete some files. I've tried taking ownership but with no success.
    What files do you want to delete?

    It's not the administrator rights. You need to set the permissions and in order to do that you may need to take ownership. If you can't do that from your admin account then activate the super admin account.

    Alternatively make a bootable USB or DVD with Hiren's BootCD on it.

    Boot to Linux and have at it.
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  7. Joined : Nov 2014
    UK
    Posts : 232
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       08 Aug 2015 #7

    pal said: View Post
    It is a security thing, to minimize the damage a malicious program might do. It is called User Account Control - UAC.
    Has already been set Never Notify.
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  8. Joined : Nov 2014
    UK
    Posts : 232
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       08 Aug 2015 #8

    Thanks, I'll give the registry entry a go as I've read that Unlocker adds a toolbar & is reported as a Trojan by some.
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  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Pro
       08 Aug 2015 #9

    The UAC slider is not enough. You need a registry edit to disable it completely, which has the side-effect of breaking the store apps.

    If you do want to do this, run the following from CMD:
    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
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