FIX: Microsoft Edge can’t open with administrator account

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  • Microsoft Edge is a solid browser, but certain users reported various issues with it.
  • Regarding the issues, many reported that they can’t open Edge using the administrator account.
  • To fix that, you need to modify your registry or adjust your Group Policy settings.
  • We covered Edge news and wrote useful guides regarding Edge in our Edge hub, so be sure to visit it for more information.
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Microsoft Edge has come a long way since the Internet Explorer’s days. Now it has a cleaner interface, user-friendly features, is more stable, and has a lot of security and privacy features.

It was first released in 2015 for Windows 10 and Xbox One, and in 2017 for Android and IOS.

Although it is not as popular as other browsers, it has its fair share of loyal users.

Speaking of, in recent history, more users reported that if you’re signed into your Windows 10 PC with the built-in administrator account, you can’t open Edge.

This is an interesting issue and it’s not specific to the Edge browser, but it did spread around several other Windows apps. Let’s see how you can get rid of this message and start using Edge again.

First, you’ll need to determine what version of Windows is installed on your PC. This issue differs from one version to another. After that, you’ll have to modify some registry keys.

Check the guide below to find out how to do that.

Edge won’t open with the built-in administrator account?

1.Use Opera

Although not being able to open Edge while being logged into your user administrator account is not an error specific to the Edge browser, we think you should still use another browser, such as Opera.

It has a great design, it’s intuitive, easy to use and you have fast access to all features.

On one hand, the features found in this software will help you better organize your work and your browsing, and on the other, the new features make browsing a real pleasure.

It takes just a few seconds to download the browser, and in the installation pop up you can immediately see some of the features: a built-in ad blocker, free VPN, instant messaging, and easy customization of installed extensions.

In other words, no more unwanted ads that will disrupt you from your work.

Opera

Opera

Free VPN, adblock, tab manager, workspace, instant messaging and great privacy are some of the amazing features you can start to use right away.

1. Change the users account control settings

  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run and type regedit. Hit Enter.regedit run window Microsoft Edge can't be opened
  2. In the registry editor navigate to
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. In the right panel, you will see a FilterAdministratorToken DWORD.
  4. Right-click it and choose Modify.
  5. The value data set it’s set to 0.  If it’s not there, you will have to create it by right-clicking on an empty space.edge can't be opened file Administrator token
  6. After that, navigate to
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\UIPI
  7. You will see a key named Default.
  8. Right-click it and choose Modify.
  9. Set it’s value to 0x00000001(1) and exit.edge can't open registry editor default value
  10. Next, change the UAC (User Account Control Settings).
  11. Type UAC in Windows search box and hit Enter.Edge can't open with built-in account search uac
  12. Move the slider on the left to the third option from the bottom or second option from the top.User account settings edge can't open never notify user account control settings
  13. Restart your PC.

Note: This solution applies to Windows 10 and Home users.


Are you unable to access Registry Editor? Here’s how to fix that like a pro!


2. Change the security options

  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run.
  2. Type secpol.msc and hit Enter.Edge can't open with built-in admin secpol run window
  3. Navigate to Local Policies > Security Options.
  4. Go to User Account Control Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account and double-click it to open its Proprieties.
  5. Set the policy to Enabled.
  6. Restart your PC.

Note: This solution applies to Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education users.

Note: If for any reason you need to enable or disable the built-in administrator account, type cmd in the Windows search box, hit Enter and in the command prompt window type Net user administrator /active:yes to enable it and Net user administrator /active:no to disable it.

These solutions worked for a lot of users and we hope that they will work for you, too.

If something is unclear or you have some questions, don’t hesitate to reach for the comments section below.


FAQ: Learn more about Microsoft Edge

  • How do I launch Microsoft Edge?

To start Microsoft Edge, just double-click its shortcut, or open the Start Menu and select Edge from there.

  • Can I get rid of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10?

Yes, you can remove Microsoft Edge from Windows 10 by using the PowerShell.

  • What happens if I terminate Microsoft Edge?

If you terminate the Microsoft Edge process, you might lose your currently open tabs. Other than that, no major issues should occur.

  • How do I fix Microsoft Edge not working?

If Microsoft Edge isn’t working, try resetting the Edge app or download the latest Windows updates.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.