Permissions/Admin problems after changing Windows Key  

  1. Posts : 12
    Windows 10

    Permissions/Admin problems after changing Windows Key

    I don't recall ever being prompted for this before, but I recently installed a new motherboard and cpu and had to get a new Windows key as a result (the old one was generated from a Windows 7 upgrade on the other mobo/cpu).

    Now, when I try to rename any of my internal drives, I'm prompted for administrator privileges. My account is still an admin account, and I have UAC turned off, just as before.
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  2. Posts : 1,163
    W10-Pro 22H2

    I just tried, and so did I (admin, but with UAC on, bld 18365.535). Don't recall it happening before, but c'est la vie.
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  3. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Permissions/Admin problems after changing Windows Key

    I recently upgraded my motherboard/cpu/and ram. Originally, my Windows 10 installation was a free upgrade from a Windows 7 installation that I'd had. Swapping to new parts invalidated my activation, and I was forced to purchase a new key.

    After re-activating Windows, I've started to notice that I have permissions problems across the board, and constantly have to provide myself with authority to do simple things, like renaming internal hard drives.

    I do a lot of coding in AutoHotKey, and as part of automation, I have scrips that startup/shutdown various programs. I've noticed that I now have to run those scrips in Administrator Mode for them to work; otherwise, when attempting to shut a program down, they'll fail and the program will just keep running. This is how I know for certain that something in my system or profile has changed.

    I tried creating a new admin profile on the system only to be faced with the same problem.

    Any thoughts on how I can correct this and return to having a normal level of administrative access to my machine would be greatly appreciated. I really do not want to reinstall the OS.
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  4. Posts : 40,578
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Swapping to new parts invalidated my activation
    Hi, that's to be expected, however your options depended on whether the original key was retail or OEM. if the former, you could have reused it.

    When you reactivated Windows, did you also clean install it, or are you still using the same Windows installation that was previously activated?
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  5. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    It's the same Windows installation. I can't remember what type of key I had for Windows 7 originally.
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  6. Posts : 5,128
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
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  7. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Derp. Somehow, the registry setting got reset:


    EnableLUA = 0

    Now I can do whatever I like again.
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