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ERROR: App can't be activated by built in Administrator

  1. #1


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    ERROR: App can't be activated by built in Administrator


    This has been the most frustrating thing of all time. It seems like exactly something Vista would do. Does anybody know how to fix this so I can activate applications?

    It was giving me this error at first with IE10, but now it's able to open.

    I get the error for trying to launch those built in apps that I'll probably never use anyway.

    The worst thing is I get the error if I try to open an image such as a png or jpeg.

    What is up with this bug? This never happened in W7. Does anybody know how to solve this pls!
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  2. #2


    Posts : 638
    Windows 7/8


    Yes, don't run as administrator.

    That account is super dangerous and should be used only for actual admin tasks.

    One should NEVER browse the web or open images or documents from non OS sources when in administrator mode.

    Microsoft has slowly been moving to an actual secure user model for some time and it looks like 8 is moving even further that direction.

    The first standard user account HAS admin privs and in years of windows 7 on a dozen machines and a couple servers I have never had to log into the administrator account even ONCE to perform any admin task I've needed too. (Not that there might not be an actual reason to use it, but it's certainly NOT needed for any normal computer use)
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    I always run as administrator. There's nothing whatsoever dangerous about it. Creating a superfluous user account is just pointlessly redundant. Since they implemented user accounts when XP came out, I've never used it once. There is no purpose for something that is superfluous. Not to mention, I have seen people using those encounter errors requiring them to run as administrator or log on as administrator. There is absolutely no use for a second account beyond the built in administrator other than if another user will be using my PC. Which is not the case. One built in Administrator as the user with no extra useless users is the best and only way to go for any single user.

    As of any false idea of danger, I've heard it over and over. Yet over the course of using Windows pretty much every day since version 3.11, I've never once encountered any sort of danger from not using a user account.

    I highly recommend to anybody using Windows. As soon as you install it, activate administrator, and log on as administrator only. Then delete the pointless user that they force you to create during setup. As well as the associated user folder.
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    Posts : 638
    Windows 7/8


    There is everything wrong with it.

    That statement alone means you should not be running as Administrator. No Administrator would ever say that. Therefore you are no Administrator and should not be using the account.

    You are doing the entire Windows user world a disservice (a huge one) by giving out that advice.
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  5. #5


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    Posts : 769
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Set up a new user, give it administrator rights and a password.

    Use netplwiz to autologon and change power options to not need a password on wake up.

    Don't run a screensaver that needs a password.

    Make a shortcut to command prompt with elevated permissions - pin it where it may be most needed.

    Now you are in the position to do all as you did before, plus run apps.

    Unless you disable UAC.

    Use the Built in Administrator as the tool it is designed as - don't be a tool yourself.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    There is everything wrong with it.

    That statement alone means you should not be running as Administrator. No Administrator would ever say that. Therefore you are no Administrator and should not be using the account.

    You are doing the entire Windows user world a disservice (a huge one) by giving out that advice.
    Yet you have no evidence of anything you're saying. It's absurd to create a second user for no reason. And there is no logical reason for any user other than the built in administrator when you're the only one using the computer.

    I give the same advice to everybody. Get rid of the user they force you to create during setup. It's COMPLETELY superfluous. Anybody giving any advice otherwise is false, and doing the planet a disservice.
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Set up a new user, give it administrator rights and a password.

    Use netplwiz to autologon and change power options to not need a password on wake up.

    Don't run a screensaver that needs a password.

    Make a shortcut to command prompt with elevated permissions - pin it where it may be most needed.

    Now you are in the position to do all as you did before, plus run apps.

    Unless you disable UAC.

    Use the Built in Administrator as the tool it is designed as - don't be a tool yourself.
    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    There is everything wrong with it.

    That statement alone means you should not be running as Administrator. No Administrator would ever say that. Therefore you are no Administrator and should not be using the account.

    You are doing the entire Windows user world a disservice (a huge one) by giving out that advice.
    Yet you have no evidence of anything you're saying. It's absurd to create a second user for no reason. And there is no logical reason for any user other than the built in administrator when you're the only one using the computer.

    I give the same advice to everybody. Get rid of the user they force you to create during setup. It's COMPLETELY superfluous. Anybody giving any advice otherwise is false, and doing the planet a disservice.


    The whole point of the topics is about configuring Windows to allow the built in administrator to actually work correctly in order to avoid creating a redundant user. For those who want to create a redundant user that's fine. I have no reason to.
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Anybody know how to solve this? It's the biggest issue I'm having with W8 now that it's no longer freezing on me.
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    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    My mistake. Image viewing works. The problem is that W8 has one of the new apps as the default for viewing images. And those are the only things that seem to have issues with the built in administrator.

    All you have to do is to set the normal image viewer to default. So I think the only problem has to do with those apps.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Is there any other fix for this yet? Built-in administrator can't to jack in W8.

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    Let's make one thing clear. Anybody claiming that it is dangerous to use the built-in administrator is completely wrong, and has no idea what they're talking about. And should not be using a computer or go switch to something gay like Apple. Like I've been saying, I have been using Windows all my life. XP was the first one that forced you to create user accounts. All this time, I have never ever created a secondary user. I've only used the built-in administrator. As soon as I install Windows, I log in as Administrator, and delete the worthless user they force you to create during setup. It's completely useless to have more than one user.

    Meaning every single thing I've ever done in Windows has been done while logged in as Administrator. It works exactly the same as any user, but has less limitations. At least up until now. It seems like built-in Administrator in W8 is more limited than users. None of the apps work.

    There's never been a point whatsoever to having a secondary user. One user is all I ever needed. Use all software and games. Office, Adobe, web surfing, video gaming, movies, everything any normal user can do, Administrator can do better. Everything just works no matter what software or game you install.

    I have W8 connected to my MSA so it was the very first time I found an actual use for creating secondary alternate user. It's really convenient when synchronizing to OneDrive, and other devices. So I'll be using this alt user for the most part now. However, everything I install aside from mini-apps will be while logged into the built-in Administrator. And there are still many other times I'll need to be logged on as the main built-in Administrator. But it's still acting gay which makes everything extremely inconvenient for no reason. Is there any workaround to this problem in W8?


    This even happened in beta when everybody was posting screenshots of their start screens.
    Post your Start Screen!
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