Your IT Administrator has limited access

IT Administrator has limited access
Written by Sandip

Many users have reported facing error which 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 as the administrator. Jokes apart, let dive in to fix it.

Why is Your IT Administrator has limited access error occurring at 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 Windows defender no your computer. This is because it might have been disabled in Local group policy editor. It has to be enabled to remove that error.

3. Lack of admin privileges

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

How can I fix IT Administrator has limited access error?

1. Remove your third-party antivirus software

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 below steps:

1: Open Windows Defender by typing Defender on 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 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 group policy editor.

  • Open command prompt by tying “CMD” on start menu
  • Copy the following code as ir is, and paste it on command line by clicking 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

Method 1

  • After the package is installed, type msc on 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 Builds 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 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 Enable 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 user account in which you are working, you can open the app by enabling the Hidden Administrator account.

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

Step 2: Copy the following code net user administrator /active:yes  and paste it on command line by clicking 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 admin account is done, launch command prompt as Administrator and type the following code net user administrator /active:no to disable the admin account.

5. Update your windows

There can be a possible glitch in your system that can be fixed by performing an update. To do that, click on start menu and type Windows update and hit enter. After that click on Check for updates. The process will take sometime depending upon size of updates being installed. After that check if the issue persists. If still doesn’t gets 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 windows update is performed. In order to do that, follow the steps

  • 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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