Windows 10: All of a sudden I can't run some apps with my admin account? Solved

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  1. davidhk's Avatar
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       05 May 2016 #11

    THX1138 said: View Post
    I don't know how to determine whether my Admin account is "built-in" or not. The account seemed to be automatically created when I upgraded from Win 7 to Win 10. My password was changed from my local account password to my Microsoft password and I carried on for months without thinking about it until some applications stopped opening at some point and I created this thread.

    Edit: Ah, here we go. It is the "Built in Administrator account". When I try to open certain apps I get the following error message:

    Built-in Admin account is by default disabled.
    It will not get enabled automatically. It has to be done by the user.

    Did someone enabled the Built-in Admin for you when you were running Windows 7 or you did it yourself ?
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  2. philc43's Avatar
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       05 May 2016 #12

    David: I was fairly certain he had the built-in admin account which was why I suggested the solution I did. However, I now realise I should have asked him to verify his account details so that this was clear to everyone. This is simply done by typing wmic useraccount list full into a command prompt and it will reveal the details of all accounts on the system.

    See this tutorial for more details: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html

    I have seen a number of cases of this happening with upgrades from earlier Windows versions and I do not know why it happens. A repair install with an in-place upgrade does not always help because the user ends up with the built-in admin account again.
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  3.    05 May 2016 #13

    philc43 said: View Post
    I think the OP has sorted out his problem now. He did have a built-in admin account and he has now created a new account.

    Please confirm that your new account is an admin account and that you can open all the windows apps.

    Then we can help you transfer over your files etc before you disable the built-in account as I explained in my original post #2.
    Unfortunately, the problem persists. When I created the new account as a User (not Administrator), I was able to open Calculator, however after transferring the account to the Administrator group, Calculator cannot be started and the same error message referencing the "built-in" Administrator account is displayed.

    I'm in the process of acquiring a Win 10 ISO so I can maybe try the repair install thing later.

    I don't recall activating the built-in Administrator account at any time. If it's so destructive, perhaps there should be more protection or it shouldn't even be there. I installed Windows 7 from a disc and typed my name in for my username when the installation was done.
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  4. davidhk's Avatar
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       05 May 2016 #14

    THX1138 said: View Post
    Unfortunately, the problem persists. When I created the new account as a User (not Administrator), I was able to open Calculator, however after transferring the account to the Administrator group, Calculator cannot be started and the same error message referencing the "built-in" Administrator account is displayed.

    I'm in the process of acquiring a Win 10 ISO so I can maybe try the repair install thing later.

    I don't recall activating the built-in Administrator account at any time. If it's so destructive, perhaps there should be more protection or it shouldn't even be there.
    You have already created a new user account. Change that to an admin account and from now on use it instead of the "alleged" built-in admin account.
    I still don't believe you have been using the built-in admin, It does NOT get enabled by itself.
    But if you really do, leave it alone. Don't use it unless you are in emergency.
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  5.    05 May 2016 #15

    davidhk said: View Post
    You have already created a new user account. Change that to an admin account and from now on use it instead of the "alleged" built-in admin account.
    I still don't believe you have been using the built-in admin, It does NOT get enabled by itself.
    But if you really do, leave it alone. Don't use it unless you are in emergency.
    I think you misunderstand.

    Yes, I have already created a new account; I wasn't referring to a third account. I already tried making the new account an administrator and after doing so I receive the same error about the built-in administrator account. Presumably every account that I give administrator privileges will have the same problem. I suggest that the error message is wrong and that this has nothing to do with the built-in account which is probably actually still disabled.

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  6.    06 May 2016 #16

    The problem was fixed by doing a "repair install". Thanks for your help.
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  7. philc43's Avatar
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       06 May 2016 #17

    Thanks for reporting back on the solution. Create a restore point and a system backup so that you can recover quickly if it ever happens again.
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  8. davidhk's Avatar
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       06 May 2016 #18

    THX1138 said: View Post
    The problem was fixed by doing a "repair install". Thanks for your help.
    That proves you were NOT using the built-in Admin Account because built-in admin cannot open Modern apps.

    excerpt: Source
    Please be informed that Modern Apps do not run on the built in admin account. You need to create a new account and set it as admin if you want to run these apps as administrator. This feature is by design, made for security reasons.

    Please make sure of the followings :
    1. Create another admin account for emergency.
    2. Get an external hard drive and do system Image backup regularly and save it to the ext hdd. That will save you a lot of heartache. I had used it many times to restore my computer when I had problems I could not fix.
    3. Create system restore points regularly.
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