How to fix “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” error on Windows 10?

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Issue: How to fix “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” error on Windows 10?

Microsoft with its Windows 10 is getting on my nerves. One bug followed by another! Will I have some free time from fixing Windows 10 errors???

This time, the system denies my attempts to download or install software with the error message “An administrator has blocked you from running this app.” I am the administrator, but the message occurs anyway. What should I do?

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“An administrator has blocked you from running this app” is a Windows OS error, which prevents its users from downloading and installing applications. We have found several threads where people using older Windows versions encountered the problem, but apparently it prevails on Windows 10 (Creators Update in particular).

Since Windows operating system has earlier been treated as weak regarding security,[1] Microsoft put all the efforts to improve the situation. Older Windows versions did not have the protective service for verifying files and programs that the PC's owner attempts to download or install. All responsibility for PC’s protection was passed to the anti-virus programs.

Therefore, Microsoft developed a variety of security-oriented features,[2] for example, in-built Windows Defender or User Account Control (UAC) service. Some of them were released with Windows 8 and 8.1, but the bulk of security features emerged with Windows 10.

Unfortunately, but the in-built Windows Defender or User Account Control (UAC) service often function overaggressive.Many people reported UAC for preventing them from installing applications and inexplicable warning message “An administrator has blocked you from running this app.”

The purpose of this pop-up is to secure the system from running suspicious setup.exe[3]  files, which may transfer a virus into the system.

Therefore, if you know nothing about the reliability and security of the file or application, especially if it has been downloaded from a shady third-party source, we would strongly not recommend ignoring the “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” error and running the app/file anyway.

However, “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” UAC prompt is, usually, not directly related to the files or apps that are being downloaded. In most of the cases, this message appears while dealing with the hundred percent legitimate content, for example, a system driver downloaded directly from the manufacturer.

Besides, the PC owner is signed in with Administrator Account. To check whether the “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” error is related to the app downloaded or the faulty Windows settings, try to run Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

For this purpose, right-click Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin). If Command Prompt has been blocked by the message given below, please follow the fixes provided on this post.

An administrator has blocked you from running this app. For more information, contact the administrator.

Fixing “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” error on Windows 10

IMPORTANT: running a file or downloading a program, which provoces the “administrator has blocked you from running this app” alert is NOT recommended unless you are hundred percent sure that the developer/owner and distributor of the file/ap is reliable.

Run an Elevated Command Prompt

  • Log on as administrator.
  • Right-click on Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type in the full path of the application in the run. For example, C:\\Dell\\Drivers\\24T1W\\R235168\\Setup.exe.
Fix 1

Enable the Hidden Administrator Account

  • Right-click on Windows key and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Type in the net user administrator /active:yes command and press Enter.
Fix 2
  • Close Command Prompt and sign out from your account.
  • You’ll see the Administrator account on the bottom left of the screen.
Fix 2-2
  • Sign in to it.
  • Find the application or the .exe file that you could not install/run before.
  • If “An administrator has blocked you from running this app” error has been successfully fixed, sign out from the Administrator account and sign in to the original account.
  • Finally, open Command Prompt again and type in the net user administrator /active:no command to disable the hidden Administrator account.
Fix 2-3

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Olivia Morelli
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Olivia Morelli is a young, but a perspicacious IT expert who is currently just a year away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Systems. Her primary passion is cyber security, however, thanks to her detailed understanding of computer networks, operating systems and hardware, she can find a fix for any PC or Mac issue.

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