Fix: ‘Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program’ in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

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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

Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message can sometimes appear on your PC and prevent you from running or installing certain applications. Speaking of this error, users reported the following problems:

  • Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk – This is a relatively common problem that can appear on your PC. We covered this topic in more detail in our How to unblock a publisher article, so we encourage you to check it out for more information.
  • An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10 – This error can appear if you don’t have the necessary privileges to run a certain application. However, you can easily fix that by using one of our solutions.
  • Your system administrator has blocked this program Group Policy, GPO, Regedit – This error message can appear on your PC due to certain security policies. To change those policies, you need to use Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.
  • Your system administrator has blocked this program uTorrent, Avast, AVG – This error can sometimes appear while trying to install certain applications. If that’s the case, you might want to temporarily disable your antivirus and check if that helps.

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 – Check your antivirus software

According to users, sometimes your antivirus software can enforce certain policies that can prevent you from installing or running certain applications. To fix that, you need to check your antivirus settings and see if the antivirus is blocking the application.

If you can’t find these options, you might want to try disabling your antivirus. Alternatively, you can temporarily uninstall your antivirus software and check if that solves the problem.

If your antivirus is the cause of this problem, you might want to consider switching to a different antivirus solution. Currently, the best antivirus applications on the market are Bitdefender and BullGuard, so if your antivirus is giving you trouble, you might want to consider switching to one of these applications.


 Solution 2 – 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.

  1. 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.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk
  2. 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.
  3. After you’ve successfully changed the folder location, just type the name of the file you want to run, followed by file extension.
  4. The file should run now without any problems.

By using this method, you’ll force the application to run with administrative privileges on your PC.


Solution 3 – 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:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator. You can do so by following Step 1 from the previous solution.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, type the following and press Enter to run it:
    • net user administrator /active:yes
      An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10
  3. Sign out of your current account.
  4. You should see new Administrator account available. Log in to it.
  5. Locate the application you want to install and run it.
  6. You should be able to install it without any problems.
  7. After you’re done, switch back to your regular account.
  8. 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 4 – Disable Windows SmartScreen

  1. Sign in to the administrator account. If you don’t have administrator account enable one like we explained in the previous solution.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Navigate to Update & security section.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk
  4. Select Windows Defender from the menu on the left. In the right pane, click Open Windows Defender Security Center button.
    An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10
  5. Now click on App & browser control.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk
  6. Set all options to Off. To turn off SmartScreen feature, you need to set Check apps and files, SmartScreen for Microsoft Edge, and SmartScreen for Windows Store apps to Off.

This is a permanent solution, but if for some reason you don’t want nonadministrator users installing software, you might want to go back and turn on Windows SmartScreen. We also have to mention that disabling SmartScreen might reduce your system security, so keep that in mind as well.


Solution 5 – Convert the affected account to administrator account

If you’re getting Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message, the problem might be that your current account doesn’t have the necessary privileges to install applications. This can occur if you’re not using an administrator account on your PC.

To fix this problem, users are suggesting to convert the affected account to an administrator account. This is relatively simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Make sure that you’re signed in with administrator account. If you don’t have an administrator account, you can always log in with the hidden administrator account.
  2. Open the Settings app. You can do that quickly by pressing Windows Key + I.
  3. When the Settings app opens, navigate to Accounts section.
    An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10
  4. In the left pane, click Family & other people. In the right pane, click your account and then click Change account type button.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program Group Policy
  5. Change account type window will now appear. Set the account type to Administrator and click OK to save changes.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program uTorrent

After changing the local account to administrative account, you should have all privileges and be able to install applications without any issues. Keep in mind that this solution might not be perfect for you if you want to have only one administrator account on your PC.


Solution 6 – Log in and log back to your account

According to users, sometimes Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message can appear if you don’t log out of your account in a while. If you’re one of those users that never fully shut down their PC, you might experience this problem.

Sleep and Hibernate features are great way to save power, but sometimes issues can occur if you don’t log out of your PC in a while. One of these issues is Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program message, but you can easily fix the problem simply by signing out of the affected account. Now wait for 10 seconds and sign back in and check if the issue is resolved.


Solution 7 – Move the setup file to a different location

Many users encountered this problem after trying to install certain applications. According to them, the setup files necessary for the installation were extracted to a Temp directory making the users unable to install the desired application.

To fix that, it’s advised to find the problematic setup file and move it to a different location. After doing that, try running the setup file again. Users reported that they were able to fix this problem simply by moving the setup file to their Desktop. If the setup file requires other files for installation, you’ll have to move those files as well to a new location.


Solution 8 – Make changes to the group policy

If you’re getting Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message, the problem might be caused by your Group Policy settings. However, you can easily fix that by making a few changes. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc. Press Enter or click OK. This will start Group Policy Editor on your PC. Keep in mind that this feature isn’t available on Home versions of Windows, but you can enable Group Policy Editor in Home version of Windows 10 with a few tricks.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program GPO
  2. When Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options in the left pane. In the right pane, double click on User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program Avast
  3. When the Properties window opens, select Disabled and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk

If you can’t access Group Policy Editor, you can also make these changes from Registry Editor by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK to start Registry Editor.
    An administrator has blocked you from running this app Windows 10
  2. When Registry Editor opens, in the left pane navigate to ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem key. In the right pane, double click on EnableLUA DWORD.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program Regedit
  3. Change the Value data to 0 and click OK to save changes.
    Your system administrator has blocked this program AVG

After doing that, restart your PC and the problem should be fixed. We have to mention that this solution might slightly reduce the security of your PC, so keep that in mind.

Your Administrator Has Blocked This Program error message can prevent you from running or installing certain applications on your PC, but we hope that you managed to fix this problem using one of our solutions.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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