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Clearing 'administrator privileges'

Q: Clearing 'administrator privileges'

I have asked about this before but did not get an answer.  Every so often when I try to open some apps and in particular the Store itself, I get this message running the full width of the screen:
"Store can't open while File Explorer is rumming with administrator privileges. Restart File Explorer normally and try again.   Close"
How do I do that?  I know how to open things as Administrator, but I have not found out how to remove the status of Administrator already granted!  I am now going to try shutting the PC and restating, hoping that will clear Administrator status / remove administrator privileges.  If it does it will of course only be a temporary stop-gap until I have learned how to do it properly.  If it does not then I am somewhat stuck!

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A: Clearing 'administrator privileges'

Hi clayto From what I found, this is something new in Windows 8/8.1 due to the "AppContainer" mode/method. Here if you want to read more about it: is what's happening here:Now Windows Explorer normally runs in medium integrity mode, and explorer.exe is the parent process from which all other user-initiated processes inherit their access token. If Explorer is running with admin privileges i.e. at high integrity level, then any Metro apps it launches will inherit that administrative access token, which is obviously a strict no-no as it will violate the sandboxed environment provided by the AppContainer integrity level. Hence the error message thrown.Windows Explorer isn't launched with Admin Rights as far as I know too. It could have something to do with the "Priority" in the Task Manager, but this doesn't affect the access level.
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User Permissions

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I could be wrong, but do you not need to elevate to admin to do that command in cmd?

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This might be of help...

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A:clearing cmos

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Gn2me said:

The write protection is on, with no switch to turn on or off.Click to expand...

hum; how did this happen? Usually there is a small slider on the device.

Check the disk manager for a READ/ONLY setting and reverse it if present.
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A:Clearing CMOS when changing CPU

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Download RatsCheddar

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I could be wrong about this, but have you tried logging into the computer as admin and reinstalling internet explorer? Make sure you remember to enable access to other users as you see fit. I had a similar problem on my 32bit vista system with my internet explorer and also my world of warcraft. this actually solved the problem with my internet explorer.

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can anyone help?


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The path for the installation is wrong. (if this is Vista)

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"1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it?s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable ? as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be ?Press any key to boot from cd?

3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

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7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

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9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of ?pressing any key? to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

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I suggest you read the whole thread.
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There are two questions that are similar in the Windows setup
Name of the computer
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I suspect you are naming the computer, but not setting up a username.
Next re-load be a bit slower, and read the questions fully

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A:Can`t delete the administrator account.

Lookiammikey said:

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SeeRick's post.
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A:Whats the use of an administrator?

doubl clik the user icon in Control panel There you can temporarily shutoff passwrd .There are ways of affecting all users on the same machine ,but it does depend on what you need to set.Check help file for Default user eg.Look at the All users folder under Documents and Settings.
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Is the UAC turned on?
User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings
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A:Toggle "Run as Administrator" compatibility option from context menu?

Hi Arrestme, and thank you for joining Seven Forums,

And nice image there.

Those compatibility configurations are saved to the registry. Specifically to the key ofHKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers
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The flag for configuring an application to run with administrative rights is 'RUNASADMIN'.

E.g. Instead of using the gui to set the "Run this program as an administrator" compatibility setting for all users, one could alternatively choose to run the command

reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers" /v "C:\path\to\FL.exe" /t "REG_SZ" /d "RUNASADMIN"
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Quote: Originally Posted by arrestme

Can I make a .bat file or must I do a wscript for that? (I can then take that & add into context menu to my preference, but not important)

Yes. If you can do the adding-to-the-context-menu part, I may be able to create some VBScript that aptly writes to the registry for you.

However, unfortunately, you'll have to abandon the idea of being able to configure the "Run this program as an administrator" compatibility setting for all users, because you'll have a hard time getting the script to run as administrator, launching it from the context menu (as 'HKLM\Software\...\Layers' requires administrative permissions to modify).

Toggle Run as Admin.vbs

' ToggleRunAsAdmin.vbs ExeFile
' Toggle the "Run this program as an administrator" compatibility setting on 'ExeFile'.

Function PromptForElevation
If Not CreateObject("WScript.Shell").Run("Net Sess", 0, True) = 0 Then
CreateObject("Shell.Application").ShellExecute "WScript", _
"""" & WScript.ScriptFullName & """" & " " & """" & WScript.Arguments.Item(0) & """", "","RunAs",1
End If
End Function

If WScript.Arguments.Unnamed.Count = 0 Then WScript.Quit(1)
If WScript.Arguments.Item(0) = "" Then WScript.Quit(1)

Const HKCU = &H80000001 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER


Set reLetters = New RegExp
reLetters.Pattern = "[a-z]"
reLetters.IgnoreCase = True
reLetters.Global = True

Set reRunAsAdmin = New RegExp
reRunAsAdmin.Pattern = " *RUNASADMIN *"
reRunAsAdmin.IgnoreCase = True
reRunAsAdmin.Global = True

hDefKey = HKCU
strSubKey = "Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers"
strValue = WScript.Arguments.Item(0)
strData = "RUNASADMIN"

Set objReg = GetObject("WinMgmts:\\.\root\default:StdRegProv")

objReg.GetStringValue hDefKey, strSubKey, strValue, ExistingData

If IsNull(ExistingData) Then
objReg.SetStringValue hDefKey, strSubKey, strValue, strData
If reLetters.Test( Replace(ExistingData, strData, "") ) Then
If reRunAsAdmin.Test( ExistingData ) Then
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Thank you for your question. 
For troubleshooting, we could do the following steps: 

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