IT Administrator has limited access

Your IT Administrator has limited access

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Many users have reported facing an error that says Your IT Administrator has limited access to some areas of the app. While they are pretty sure they never had any “IT Administrator”, so we will have to reintroduce us to windows so that it recognizes them as the administrator. Jokes apart, let dive in to fix it.

Why is Your IT Administrator has a limited access error occurring in the first place?

1. Interference of third-party antivirus software:

Your antivirus software might be interfering with the system files and due to which the error popped up

2. Group Policy editor

The error can also come when you are trying to enable windows defender on your computer. This is because it might have been disabled in the Local group policy editor. It has to be enabled to remove that error.

3. Lack of admin privileges

Your user account may not have certain privileges that need to be activated via PowerShell

How can I fix the IT Administrator has limited access error?

1. Remove your third-party antivirus software

IT Administrator has limited access

Since you already have another antivirus installed, there is no reason for Windows defender to keep running as they may slow down your PC. In order to activate it back again, start with disabling your antivirus completely from the settings. Then check again. If it doesn’t solve, then you will have to uninstall your antivirus software completely to let Windows Defender work. After uninstalling, restart your computer

2. Disable Windows Defender

Many times, windows defender itself can cause many issues while running apps Hence in order to prevent the error from popping, you will have to disable windows defender. This can be done by the below steps:

IT Administrator has limited access

1: Open Windows Defender by typing Defender on the Start menu and click on Windows Security

2: Click on Virus and Threat protection

3: Click on Virus and Threat protection settings

4: Locate real-time protection and then click disable

3. Modify Group Policy Editor Settings

In the new version of windows, you may not see Group Policy editor settings, so for that, you will have to install a package in order to activate the group policy editor.

Open command prompt by typing “CMD” on the start menu

Copy the following code as it is, and paste it on the command line by clicking the right button.

FOR %F IN (“%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum”) DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:”%F”)

FOR %F IN (“%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum”) DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:”%F”)

Wait for a few minutes for the package to get installed

Also Check: Fix “Your device is missing important security and quality fixes” error

Method 1

  • After the package is installed, type MSC on the start menu and click enter
  • Now from the left pane, locate Windows Components > Windows Defender Security Center > Virus and threat protection in the left pane. In the right pane, double-click Hide the Virus and threat protection area.
  • Select Not Enabled and click on OK. Check again if the issue has been solved

Method 2

  • Open Group Policy Editor
  • Click on Computer Configuration > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Build in the left pane. In the right pane, double-click the Allow Telemetry.
  • Select enabled and in the options below, select full and click OK
  • Now open Allow Telemetry again and set it to Not Configured and save changes.
  • Restart your PC to take changes into effect
  • After your PC restarts, open PowerShell by right-clicking on the start menu and select Windows PowerShell (Admin)
  • Copy-paste the following command
  • REG DELETE “HKLMSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows Defender” /v DisableAntiSpyware
  • Restart your computer again

Method 3

  • Open Group Policy Editor
  • Go to Computer Configuration > Windows Components > Windows Defender Antivirus. In the right pane, double click the Allow antimalware service to startup with normal priority.
  • Select Not configured and click on OK to save changes.
  • Now double-click on Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus and set it to Not configured and click on
  • In the left pane, navigate to Windows Defender Antivirus > Client Interface. In the right pane, double-click the Enabled headless UI mode.
  • Click on Not configured and click OK
  • Restart your PC to take changes into effect

4. Enable hidden administrator account

Since the app is able to work in a user account in which you are working, you can open the app by enabling the Hidden Administrator account.

IT Administrator has limited access

Step 1: Open the command prompt by typing “CMD” on the start menu. Right-click and select Run as Administrator.

Step 2: Copy the following code net user administrator /active: yes and paste it on the command line by clicking the right button.

After that, you should be able to access the administrator account by logging out from your account and signing in through the admin account. Once you switch back to your regular account, try opening the app to see if the issue is fixed. If it hasn’t made changes in the app from your admin account.

After the work from the admin account is done, launch a command prompt as Administrator and type the following code net user administrator /active: no to disable the admin account.

5. Update your windows

IT Administrator has limited access

There can be a possible glitch in your system that can be fixed by performing an update. To do that, click on the start menu and type Windows Update, and hit enter. After that click on Check for updates. The process will take some time depending upon the size of updates being installed. After that check, if the issue persists. If still doesn’t get solved, then you need to perform an In-App upgrade.

6. Perform an In-App Upgrade

There can be a possibility that some apps may not be able to update even after a windows update is performed. In order to do that, follow the steps

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  • Download and install media creation tool from Microsoft website
  • Click on Upgrade this PC
  • Click on Download and Install updates (recommended)
  • After that, you will be asked what files to keep. For that click on Change what to keep.
  • Select Keep personal files and apps and then click Next.
  • Follow the instructions required on-screen to complete the upgrade process

These above-mentioned solutions should definitely help you in fixing Your IT Administrator has limited access issue. Tell us in the comments below which method worked for you.

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