Windows 10: App can't be opened using the built-in administrator account.

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  1.    26 Jul 2016 #1

    App can't be opened using the built-in administrator account.



    I was getting UAC shields appearing on some of the icons. I found the solution how to get rid of them by going to the "Local Security Policy" > Local Policies > Security Options and disabling:
    User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode
    User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account

    And of course I ran into the bigger issue. I can't open any windows related app. This is what is says (see above). If I re-enable the policy, the programs work again, but the shields appear again. I really don't want them and they bother me and as far as I have researched this is the only solution I found that is working.
    Now back to the blue message. I have tried creating a new user and giving it admin rights. Still got the blue message. Then I tried disabling the built-in administrator with this method here. Restarted PC, still the same result.
    I really ran out of options. Can somebody smarter than me please help me resolve this problem.
    I'm running Windows 10 Pro.
    My Local Security Policy list here

    P.S. I did not upgrage to Windows 10 from earlier versions, I built PC from scratch and booted from usb.

    Follow up!
    People have suggested me to reinstall windows/do a clean install. So I did create a new bootable usb with completely different build and got the same result.

    I think that this is a huge flaw with windows 10 and I'm really looking forward to solving this issue. Smartest people here please help me!
    Also note that I'm not using Built-in administrator account. I'm local Administrator.

    Last edited by Lazarus23; 27 Jul 2016 at 04:23.
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  2.    26 Jul 2016 #2

    So, are you trying this under the built-in Administrator account or not?

    If you are actually running under the built-in Administrator, then you are not supposed to be able to use universal apps. You are supposed to get this error message instead. That's just by design.

    P.S. By some strange twist of fate/luck, upgraded Windows 10 installations are usually exempt from this restriction. But clean installs always prevent you from running universal apps from under built-in Administrator.
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  3.    26 Jul 2016 #3

    AndreyT said: View Post
    So, are you trying this under the built-in Administrator account or not?

    If you are actually running under the built-in Administrator, then you are not supposed to be able to use universal apps. You are supposed to get this error message instead. That's just by design.

    P.S. By some strange twist of fate/luck, upgraded Windows 10 installations are usually exempt from this restriction. But clean installs always prevent you from running universal apps from under built-in Administrator.
    Yes, I'm running with built-in administrator. Please tell me how do I get rid of it?
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       26 Jul 2016 #4

    Lazarus23 said: View Post
    Yes, I'm running with built-in administrator. Please tell me how do I get rid of it?
    Built-in administrator can in no circumstances run Windows apps, only exception being the Settings app. You need to create a normal user account to yourself, make it a local admin and use it instead.

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  5.    26 Jul 2016 #5

    Kari said: View Post
    Built-in administrator can in no circumstances run Windows apps, only exception being the Settings app. You need to create a normal user account to yourself, make it a local admin and use it instead.

    When I go to "your email and accounts" it says my name and Local Account Administrator. Should I still create a new user?
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  6.    26 Jul 2016 #6

    Kari said: View Post
    Built-in administrator can in no circumstances run Windows apps, only exception being the Settings app. You need to create a normal user account to yourself, make it a local admin and use it instead.

    Created new user, made it admin, disabled "Run all administrators in admin approval mode" to get rid of shields, restarted PC And still get this blue screen and can't open apps...
    What a shame...
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  7.    26 Jul 2016 #7

    Maybe I did something wrong? Windows still thinks that I'm using built-in administrator. How exactly do I know that I'm using the built-in? How do I get rid of built-in? Please help, Windows 10 is driving me nuts...
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  8. Kari's Avatar
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       26 Jul 2016 #8

    To create yourself a new user account and change its type to local administrator, links to tutorials in my previous post. When done disable the built-in admin account: Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  9.    26 Jul 2016 #9

    Kari said: View Post
    To create yourself a new user account and change its type to local administrator, links to tutorials in my previous post. When done disable the built-in admin account: Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Ok this is what I did.
    1. Created new user.
    2. Made it administrator
    3. Made old user standart
    4. Disabled built-in administrator (did all the options).
    5. Restarted PC.
    Still same b******t.
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  10. Kari's Avatar
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       26 Jul 2016 #10

    Lazarus23 said: View Post
    Ok this is what I did.
    1. Created new user.
    2. Made it administrator
    3. Made old user standart
    4. Disabled built-in administrator (did all the options).
    5. Restarted PC.
    Still same b******t.
    Please tell did you clean install Windows 10 or upgrade from Windows 7? Some Windows 7 users decided that they do not need stupid Microsoft to tell them what they can do and what not, and feeling like Masters of the Universe they enabled built-in admin account using it as their only user account. A stupid thing to do, of course.

    These users will automatically get issues when upgrading to Windows 10; the upgrade process sees an existing user account not detecting it is the built-in admin, upgrading to 10. Because Windows 8 and later use MS accounts, too, the system has evolved and you simply cannot use built-in admin anymore as your daily, only user account.

    If that's your case then my sincere advice and recommendation is to clean install Windows 10.
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