This app can’t open with built-in administrator error could occur when you are trying to open applications, or when you start Windows. It is impossible for you to run the application when you meet the error. Frustrating, right? Don’t worry. Read on to find the solution.


The error may appear like this:

can’t be opened using the Built-in Administrator account.

or appear like this:

This app can’t be activated by the Built-in Administrator.

To fix the error, you can try the methods below:

Method 1: Change User Account Control Settings

Follow these steps:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. View by Large icons and click User Accounts.

3. Click Change User Account Control settings.

4. Set the Slider to the 3rd option from the bottom as below. If it is already in the 3rd option, skip this method.

5. Click the OK button.

6. Check to see if the problem is resolved.

Method 2: Enable Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator Account

Follow these steps:

1. On your keyboard, press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2. Type secpol.msc into the box and click OK.

3. Click Local Policies then Security Options.

4. In the right pane, right-click on User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account and select Properties.

5. Under the Local Security Setting tab, select Enabled. Click Apply then OK.

7. On your keyboard, press Win+R keys to open the Run box again. 

8. Type regedit into the run box and click OK.

9. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\UIPI. In the right side, right click on Default and select Modify.

10. Change the value data to 0x00000001(1) then click OK.

After that, you will see the Data changed in the pane.

11. Check to see if the problem is resolved.

Method 3: Use System File Checker

After trying Method 1 and Method 2, if the problem continues, use System File Checker to check for and repair the corrupted system files.

Follow these steps:

1. On your keyboard, press Win+R to invoke the Run box.

2. Type cmd into the run box and click OK

3. Type sfc /scannow and press Enter key. Then the verification and fix will begin automatically. You just need to wait until the process completes.

Note you will need to run the command as administrator. If your get the prompt message as below, open command prompt as administrator then try again.

4. Check to see if the problem is resolved.

Hopefully methods above will help you resolve the app can’t open with built-in administrator issue. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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