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[Solved] An administrator has blocked you from running this app


3. Activate hidden administrator account

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator. You can do so by following Step 1 from the previous solution.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, type the following and press Enter to run it:
    • net user administrator /active:yes

  3. Sign out of your current account.
  4. You should see new Administrator account available. Log in to it.
  5. Locate the application you want to install and run it.
  6. You should be able to install it without any problems.
  7. After you’re done, switch back to your regular account.
  8. If you want to disable administrator account, run Command Prompt like in Step 1, and type the following:
    • net user administrator /active:no

If you have an administrator account you can just switch to it and install the application, but if you don’t have the administrator account you can activate the hidden administrator account and use it install the application.

Again, this isn’t a permanent solution because you’ll have to switch to administrator account whenever you want to install a new application.


4. Disable Windows SmartScreen

  1. Sign in to the administrator account. If you don’t have administrator account enable one like we explained in the previous solution.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Navigate to Update & security section.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk
  4. Select Windows Defender from the menu on the left. In the right pane, click Open Windows Defender Security Center button.
    An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10
  5. Now click on App & browser control.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk
  6. Set all options to Off. To turn off SmartScreen feature, you need to set Check apps and files, SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge, and SmartScreen for Windows Store apps to Off.

This is a permanent solution, but if for some reason you don’t want non-administrator users installing software, you might want to go back and turn on Windows SmartScreen.

We also have to mention that disabling SmartScreen might reduce your system security, so keep that in mind as well.


5. Convert the affected account to administrator account

  1. Make sure that you’re signed in with administrator account. If you don’t have an administrator account, you can always log in with the hidden administrator account.
  2. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + I.
  3. When the Settings app opens, navigate to Accounts section.
    An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10
  4. In the left pane, click Family & other people. In the right pane, click your account and then click Change account type button.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program Group Policy
  5. Change account type window will now appear. Set the account type to Administrator and click OK to save changes.
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If you’re getting Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message, the problem might be that your current account doesn’t have the necessary privileges to install applications.

This can occur if you’re not using an administrator account on your PC.

To fix this problem, users are suggesting to convert the affected account to an administrator account. 


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After changing the local account to administrative account, you should have all privileges and be able to install applications without any issues.

Keep in mind that this solution might not be perfect for you if you want to have only one administrator account on your PC.


6. Log in and log back to your account

According to users, sometimes Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message can appear if you don’t log out of your account in a while.

If you’re one of those users that never fully shut down their PC, you might experience this problem.

Sleep and Hibernate features are great way to save power, but sometimes issues can occur if you don’t log out of your PC in a while.

One of these issues is Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program message, but you can easily fix the problem simply by signing out of the affected account. Now wait for 10 seconds and sign back in and check if the issue is resolved.


7. Move the setup file to a different location

Many users encountered this problem after trying to install certain applications.

According to them, the setup files necessary for the installation were extracted to a Temp directory making the users unable to install the desired application.

To fix that, it’s advised to find the problematic setup file and move it to a different location. After doing that, try running the setup file again.

Users reported that they were able to fix this problem simply by moving the setup file to their Desktop. If the setup file requires other files for installation, you’ll have to move those files as well to a new location.


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8. Make changes to the group policy

To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
  2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.
  3. In the right pane, double click on User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program Avast
  4. When the Properties window opens, select Disabled and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk

Group Policy Editor failed to login? Here’s how to solve the issue!


If you can’t access Group Policy Editor, you can also make these changes from Registry Editor by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK to start Registry Editor.
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  2. When Registry Editor opens, in the left pane navigate to the following key and double-click the EnableLUA DWORD ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
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  3. Change the Value data to 0 and click OK to save changes.
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If you’re getting Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message, the problem might be caused by your Group Policy settings. However, you can easily fix that by making a few changes.

After doing that, restart your PC and the problem should be fixed. We have to mention that this solution might slightly reduce the security of your PC, so keep that in mind.

Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message can prevent you from running or installing certain applications on your PC, but we hope that you managed to fix this problem using one of our solutions.


FAQ: Learn more about programs blocked by administrators

  • How do I run a program that is blocked by administrator?

First, make sure there aren’t good reasons for why it’s blocked. It might break company policy. If it’s ok, try disabling Windows SmartScreen or use Command Prompt to launch the program.

  • What does blocked administrator mean?

It means that the IT administrator has implement group policy changes to prevent you from making changes to the system by installing programs. However, there are ways through which you can bypass restrictions without having admin rights.

  • How do I access control panel when it is blocked by administrator?

Control Panel is just another app in Windows. Follow the steps from this guide to fix Control Panel blocked by administrator.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2016 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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