Windows 8 issue using (built-in) Administrator Account

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by xslord, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. xslord

    xslord MDL Junior Member

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    I am running Windows 8 Enterprise (standalone - NOT JOINED TO A DOMAIN)
    I have enabled the (built-in) Administrator Account.
    But there is a very annoying problem when using this account:

    Every time a try to open, for instance a pdf file or pciture (png, jpg, etc...)
    i get the following error:

    "this app can't be activated by the built-in administrator"

    I know that this is related to the to the nature of the built-in administrator account,
    but i am wondering if there is a workaround to it, cause in this specific setup i really don't need a normal user account (with admin rights!)

    Greatly would appreciate any help solving this "Windows 8" annoyance!
     
  2. luke7

    luke7 MDL Novice

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    #2 luke7, Aug 16, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012
    Hi

    You can enter regedit and change:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

    "EnableLUA"=dword:00000000

    But you cannot switch to Microsoft Account from the build-in Administrator account.
    The apps that requires the MS Account are not accessible
     
  3. xslord

    xslord MDL Junior Member

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    Thanx for ya reply, but it does not really work, i now get the following error (when trying to open a png file saved in c:\users\administrator\Pictures )

    This app can't be activated when UAC is disabled.
     
  4. HeadWalker

    HeadWalker MDL Senior Member

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    I uninstalled all applications metro, I use the full administrator account too, which has no garbage UAC, and none of the applications metro work on the account administrator.
    Why u need applications metro? on Windows 7 i also use ADM account, i hate UAC lol

    None metro applications will work on admin account, if u need metro apps dont use admin account.
     
  5. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    i second that, found that out in windows RP:busted_blue:
     
  6. luke7

    luke7 MDL Novice

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    #6 luke7, Aug 16, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012
    Ups, my bad it must be 1 sorry

    Open Local Security Police
    See the text over the red line, change this value admin.jpg
     
  7. xslord

    xslord MDL Junior Member

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    Thanx Luke7 this seems to be right.

    What i now need to do is have "Windows 8" let me use old/legacy applications like (Adobe) pdf reader, Windows Photo Viewer, as default to open *.txt, *.jpg, *.pdf, etc instead of the "Metro" apps.

    I am a network/system manager, and Until now, this is my personal xperience with "Windows 8":
    Technically is looks great: Fast installation, quick start.
    But the the graphical/user xperience just sucks when using a desktop/notebook

    Windows 8 is a very nice OS when using it on a tablet device (like my Dell Latitude XT2) in conjunction with the "Metro" interface, but beyond that i really dislike it.
    Windows 7 UI is in my opinion much and much better!
     
  8. HeadWalker

    HeadWalker MDL Senior Member

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    Thx for it, with uac enabled work, UAC AGAIN! :D
    I remove UAC Notifications :)
     
  9. ByrdieMan

    ByrdieMan MDL Novice

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    Legacy Apps for file viewing

    Use your Default Programs and/or File Associations ->

    Default Programs.jpg

    That'll get you the legacy apps that you want.