Fixed UAC error “To continue, enter administrator password” in Windows 10

In today’s post, we will try to fix the User Access Control (UAC) error message – Do you want the following program to make changes to this computer? To proceed, enter your administrator password and click “Yes” – Some Windows 10 users may encounter this problem when trying to open a program or perform other actions on their PC.

How to fix the gray “Yes” button in User Account Control (UAC): User Account Control (UAC) appears and asks the user for permission, which means you must click “Yes” to make changes to your computer before granting administrative privileges. But sometimes there is no prompt or the “Yes” button is grayed out when the User Account Control window appears, in which case there is a problem with the account you are currently logged into.

Although the process may seem complicated, we have tried to describe it in a way that any user can understand. Don’t be discouraged by trying to understand the entire article; perhaps skipping it once, just read each paragraph, complete the step in question, and then move on to the next paragraph.

This article will walk you through starting in safe mode and creating two new administrator accounts. You can then use one of them as a daily account or create another account for daily use.


What causes a UAC error in Windows 10?

What causes a UAC error in Windows 10?

This problem usually occurs when there is no other administrator account on the system and your account no longer has administrator privileges. In this guide, we will show you an easy way to solve such UAC permissions problems.

If you get an administrator prompt where the “Yes” button is grayed out or not present, and the password prompt window does not appear, then Windows cannot find an administrator account that can give permission to continue, so your only administrator account will have either

corrupt the user profile so that it is no longer fully functional, or been downgraded to a standard user account. If this problem occurs because you accidentally downgraded your old administrator account to a standard user account, you can simply use one of your new administrator accounts to make it an administrator account again, and then you can use it again.

Some account information may have changed if you recently upgraded your computer from a previous version of Windows to Windows 10. As a result, you may no longer have ownership of certain files and folders. You can solve this problem by restoring ownership of files and folders.


To fix the UAC error in Windows 10

To fix the UAC error in Windows 10

Solution 1
  1. Open file explorer.
  2. Go to this PC -> Local drive (C:) -> Users.
  3. Right-click on the user profile folder and select Properties.
  4. Click the Security tab, select the username under Group or Username, and then click Change.
  5. Check the Full Controls box under Authenticated User Permissions and then click Apply and OK.
  6. Now select Advanced under the Security tab.
  7. Under Enter Permissions, select your user profile and click Edit, adjust the permission level and click OK.
  8. Enable Replace all permission entries for child objects with permission entries inherited from this object.
  9. Click Apply -> OK to save your changes.
  10. Restart the computer and check if the problem is solved.
Solution 2

If you have not updated Windows but are experiencing this problem, you can try System Restore. If the error occurs when you try to run System Restore as if it were a program, follow the instructions below and try System Restore again.

1.) Boot into safe mode using the command line.
2.) At the prompt, type the following command and press Enter.

Network user Administrator /active: yes

Running the above command will activate the administrator account built into Windows 10 – it will now appear outside of Safe Mode.

3.) Reboot your computer and log in as an administrator. And try to restore the system again.

If for some reason there are no restore points, you can perform a Windows 10 restore on the spot. Your personal settings, installed applications, and personal files will be saved, but corrupted system files will be replaced with new copies.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Press Win-r. In the dialog box, type compmgmt. msc and press Enter.
  2. Expand Local Users and Groups and select the Users folder.
  3. Right-click on the Administrator account and select Password.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the task.

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Windows + R and typing "netplwiz". Press the Enter key.
  2. In the "User Accounts" window that appears, click the "Users" tab and select a user account.
  3. Uncheck the "User must log in" box.

Log in to Windows with your password as usual. Press the Windows key, type netplwiz, and press Enter. In the window that appears, click Local Administrator Profile (A), uncheck Users must enter a username and password to use this computer (B), and then click Apply (C).

  1. Press Win+R to open Run, type lusrmgr.
  2. Click/enter Users in the left pane Local Users and Groups.
  3. Right-click or hold down the name of the local account you want to unlock and click/tap Properties.

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