FIX: Microsoft Edge can’t open with administrator account

Vlad Turiceanu
by Vlad Turiceanu
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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 more 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 is not as popular as other browsers, it has it’s fair share of loyal users.

Speaking of, in the recent history more of them reported that if you’re signed in to 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 Edge browser, but spread around several other Windows apps. Let’s see how you can get rid of this message and start using Edge again.

What can I do if I can’t open Edge using the built-in administrator account? 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.

To find out how to do that, check the guide below.

What do I do if Edge won’t open with the built-in administrator account?

1. Solution for Windows 10 Home users

  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. Right-click it > Modify and under value data set it’s value 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
  4. After that, navigate to
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\UIPI
  5. You will see a key nammed Default. Right-click it > Modify and set it’s value to 0x00000001(1) and exit.edge can't open registry editor default value
  6. Now you may have to change the UAC (User Account Control Settings). Type UAC in Windows search box and hit Enter.Edge can't open with built-in account search uac
  7. A new window will appear. 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
  8. Restart your PC.

After the restart, everything should be okay and Edge should open without any problem.


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


2. Solution for Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Education users

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

If for any reason you need to enable or disable the built-in administrator account, type cmd in the Windows search box > hit Enter > 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.


BONUS SOLUTION

However, if you still can’t launch Microsoft Edge, maybe it’s time to switch to a new browser.

If you’re looking for a fast and secure browser, install UR Browser on your computer.

Editor's recommendation
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  • Fast page loading
  • VPN-level privacy
  • Enhanced security
  • Built-in virus scanner

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. However, removing Edge might lead to potential problems with your system.

  • 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 April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.