FIX: Your IT Administrator has limited access

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • IT administrators are the people responsible for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting computer systems.
  • Admin-related error codes can be quite a big issue and fixing them is not that obvious.
  • If you're getting errors indicating your IT administrator has limited access to certain apps, follow the solutions listed in this guide to fix it.
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Many users reported Your IT Administrator has limited access to some areas of this app message while trying to use certain applications. This can be a big issue, and in today’s article, we’re going to show you how to fix it.

Your IT Administrator has limited access to some areas of this app message can be problematic, and speaking of this error, here are some similar issues that users reported:

  • Your IT administrator has limited access to some areas of this app Defender – This issue can sometimes occur due to your third-party antivirus, so you might have to disable it temporarily.
  • Windows Defender your system administrator has restricted access to this app – This problem can sometimes occur due to your security policies. To fix the problem, you might have to adjust your group policy settings.
  • Your IT administrator has limited access to some areas of this app and the item you tried to access – Certain glitches can cause this problem if your system is out of date. To fix it, just install the latest updates and check if that solves the issue.
  • Page not available Your IT administrator has limited access – Certain features might not be available if you don’t have an administrative account. To fix this problem, be sure to sign-in with an administrative account and check if that helps.

Steps to fix IT administrator limited access errors

  1. Remove third-party antivirus tools
  2. Disable Windows Defender
  3. Modify your Group Policy settings
  4. End Windows Defender Notification process
  5. Modify the group policy and edit the registry
  6. Make sure that you’re using an administrator account
  7. Enable the hidden administrator account
  8. Make sure that Windows Defender isn’t disabled by group policy
  9. Update Windows 10
  10. Perform a System Restore
  11. Perform an in-place upgrade

Solution 1 – Remove third-party antivirus tools

If you’re getting Your IT Administrator has limited access to some areas of this app message on Windows 10, it’s possible that your antivirus is causing this issue. Sometimes third-party antivirus tools can interfere with your system, and they can prevent access to certain files or applications.

To fix the problem, users are suggesting to temporarily disable certain antivirus features and check if that helps. Alternatively, you can disable your whole antivirus and check if that helps. Sometimes that might not be enough, and in order to fix the issue, you might have to uninstall your antivirus.

After you remove your antivirus, check if the problem is still there. If removing the antivirus helps, perhaps you might want to consider getting a different antivirus.

There are many great antivirus tools on the market, but if you’re looking for a reliable antivirus that won’t interfere with your system, you should definitely try out Bitdefender.

Solution 2 – Disable Windows Defender

As you may know, Windows 10 comes with its own antivirus tool called Windows Defender. Basically, this tool will work as a default antivirus, and it will protect you from other threats.

However, sometimes Windows Defender can interfere with other system features, and that might lead to Your IT Administrator has limited access to some areas of this app message to appear.

To fix this problem, users are suggesting to disable Windows Defender temporarily. This isn’t a good long-term solution, but if you’re looking for the cause of the problem, you can disable Windows Defender temporarily and check if that helps. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Update & Security section. To open Settings app quickly, you can use Windows Key + I shortcut.
    update and security limited access
  2. Navigate to Windows Security in the menu on the left. Click the Open Windows Defender Security Center in the right pane.
    open windows defender IT administrator has limited access
  3. Go to the Virus & threat protection.
    virus and threat protection limited access administrator acocunt
  4. Choose Virus & threat protection settings.
    virus and threat protection settings administrator limited access
  5. Locate and disable Real-time protection.

After doing that, check if the problem is still there. Bear in mind that this solution will work if you’re not using a third-party antivirus. In case you’re using a third-party antivirus, Windows Defender will disable itself in order to prevent any interference.

Solution 3 – Modify your Group Policy settings

If you’re having issues with Your IT Administrator has limited access to some areas of this app message, it’s possible that your group policy settings are causing the issue. To fix the problem, it’s advised that you make a couple of adjustments. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc. Now press Enter or click OK.
    gpedit run administrator has limited access
  2. When Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to the Windows Components > Windows Defender Security Center > Virus and threat protection in the left pane. In the right pane, double-click Hide the Virus and threat protection area.
    hide virus and protection area limited access administrator
  3. Select Not Enabled from the list and click Apply and OK to save changes.

After making these changes, check if the problem is still there.

FAQ: Learn more about admin rights

  • How do I log in as an administrator?

To log in as an administrator in Windows 10, launch Command Prompt as an administrator and then type the net user administrator /active:yes command. Hit Enter to save the changes.

  • How do I give myself full administrator privileges?

To give yourself full admin privileges, open the Control Panel and go to User Accounts. Select your account and click on Change the account type. Select Administrator as the new role. For more information, use this step-by-step guide to make yourself an admin on Windows 10.

  • Why do I need administrator permission when I am the administrator?

If you’re the computer administrator, yet Windows 10 says you need administrator permissions, this issue might be caused by corrupted system files, corrupted user profile issues, or malware infections.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page with more solutions to fix administrator-related errors. Bookmark our hub dedicated to fixing Windows errors just in case you need to fix other issues later on.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in March 2019 and was revamped and updated in November 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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  • thanks this worked, I gave my school access and they limited the settings I could go to and turn on and off so I disconnected