Please login with administrator privileges and try again

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Are you the administrator of your computer and it is still giving you the error message that you need to login with administrator privileges? Read this article to find out how to fix this issue.

Why is this happening?

Typically, this error occurs because Windows doesn’t usually run programs with administrator privileges.

How to fix the Administrator Privileges error

There are a few ways to fix this error. Try some of the following fixes.

Run the program with Administrator Privileges

One way to get this error to disappear, is to change the properties in the program to run with administrator privileges. This typically works when the error is popping up in one particular program. To do this fix, perform the following tasks:

  1. Navigate to the program that is giving the error
  2. Right Click on the program’s icon
  3. Select Properties on the menu
  4. Click on Shortcut                                                                                                                          
  5. Click on Advanced
  6. Click on the box that says Run As Administrator                                       
  7. Click on Apply
  8. Try opening the program again

How to enable the elevated Administrator account

There is a hidden elevated administrator account in Windows 10 that could be causing the error in your computer. To enable  this account, you can do this in either PowerShell or Command Prompt.

Command Prompt

To enable the elevated administrator account in the command prompt, complete the following steps:

  1. Ensure that the computer is logged in as the Administrator 
  2. Press the Windows Button and X simultaneously to access the Win X Menu
  3. Select Command Prompt Admin                                                                                                      

Or

  1. Click in the Search Box on the Task Menu
  2. Type Task Manager
  3. Click on More Details
  4. Click on File
  5. Select Run New Task                                                                                                                          
  6. Type Cmd                                                                                                     
  7. Click on the box beside Create this task with Administrative Privileges
  8. Click on OK
  9. In the Command Prompt enter the following Command
    1. net user Administrator /active:yes

PowerShell

To enable the Elevated Administrator Account from PowerShell, perform the following tasks:

  1. Press the Windows Key and the X Key Simultaneously to access the Win X Menu

Or

  1. Click in the Search Box on the Task Bar
  2. Type PowerShell
  3. Right Click on the Program
  4. Select Run As Administrator                                                                                             
  5. In the PowerShell type the following command
    1. Enable-LocalUser -Name “Administrator”                                       

If all else fails

If you’ve tried everything and you’ve failed to get rid of the error message it could be time to seek the help of a professional or roll back to a different version of Windows. If this error is occurring in a game or a program, ensure that the program is compatible with the version of Windows that you are using. If you’re having compatibility issues use the Windows Compatibility Troubleshooter to help you with this issue.

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