Windows 10 does its best to protect you from harmful software, but sometimes Windows 10 protection is too drastic and it can prevent you from installing applications. Users have reported “Your Administrator has blocked this program” error on Windows 10, and today we’ll try to fix it.
What to do if Administrator Blocks Your Program in Windows 10
Like on most operating systems, on Windows 10 only Administrators can install software, and this is the main cause for “Your Administrator has blocked this program” error on Windows 10. If you’re not a system administrator but you need to install certain software, today we’ll show you how to resolve this error on Windows 10.
Solution 1 – Use Command Prompt to install the application
This is a simple workaround, and you’ll have to use it every time you want to install a new software on your non-administrative Windows 10 account.
- In the Search Bar type cmd, and in the list of results you should see Command Prompt. Right click it and choose Run as administrator.
- Using the Command Prompt you need to locate the file you want to run. To do this, type cd followed by the location of the folder where the application is stored.
- After you’ve successfully changed the folder location, just type the name of the file you want to run, followed by file extension.
- The file should run now without any problems.
Solution 2 – Activate hidden administrator account
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.
To active hidden administrator account do the following:
- Start Command Prompt as administrator. You can do so by following Step 1 from previous solution.
- When Command Prompt starts type the following and press Enter to run it:
- Sign out of your current account.
- You should see new Administrator account available. Login to it.
- Locate the application you want to install, and run it.
- You should be able to install it without any problems.
- After you’re done, switch back to your regular account.
- If you want to disable administrator account run Command Prompt like in Step 1, and type the following:
- net user administrator /active:no
Again, this isn’t a permanent solution because you’ll have to switch to administrator account whenever you want to install a new application.
Solution 3 – Disable Windows SmartScreen
- Sign in to administrator account. If you don’t have administrator account enable one like we explained in previous solution.
- Open Control Panel and go to System and Security.
- Next, Open Action Center.
- When Action Center opens, locate Windows SmartScreen option.
- Select Turn off Windows SmartScreen and click OK to save changes.
- Switch back to your regular account and you’ll be able to install applications without any problems.
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.