How to Solve ‘Some Settings are Managed by Your System Administrator’ on Windows 11

Sometimes, due to missing Windows updates or problems with Windows Defender, you get the error message “This option is handled by your administrator”, even if you are logged in as an administrator. This may prevent you from disabling Smart Screen or, in some cases, running non-Microsoft applications.

You don’t need to be a professional to fix this problem, but you do need to make a few minor technical changes. We’ll take a look at these fixes one by one.

What does “Some settings are managed by your system administrator” mean?

Contrary to what you may think, “Some parameters are handled by your system administrator” has nothing to do with whether or not you are logged in as an administrator. Rather, it has to do with certain unpredictable errors that affect Windows Defender.

There are various signs of this error. For example, if you go to “Windows Security Settings” through the search box menu and go to the “Reputation-based protection” section, some options will be grayed out.

Why does the message “Some options are controlled by your system administrator” appear?

  • You may have configured Windows 11 incorrectly.
  • The error occurred when you tried to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11.
  • This is because some settings may be controlled by your IT department and you cannot change them without permission.

The error message may appear when you do the following:

  • On the lock screen.
  • When using Windows Defender.
  • When you try to use Windows Hello.
  • Under Windows Update (Windows + I > Update and Security > Windows Update).

This error occurs mostly when a user upgrades to Windows 10. This is a Windows setting that has allowed companies to restrict employee access to computer settings for some time. If you misconfigured the settings during the upgrade process, this error may occur. As a result, your access to settings/functions may be restricted to a non-existent organization.

How do I fix the “Some settings are controlled by your system administrator” error?

Checking Scheduled Tasks

  1. Press Windows + S and type Task Scheduler.
  2. Select Task Scheduler from the list of results.
  3. When the Task Scheduler starts, expand the Safer-Networking directory in the left pane and select Spybot Anti-Beacon.
  4. In the right pane, select an available task, right-click it and select Delete.

Sometimes scheduled tasks can disrupt Windows and cause a “Some settings are controlled by your system administrator” error message.

Change diagnostics and usage data

This solution is quite simple, you just need to change the setting. Note that this setting determines how much of your personal data is sent to Microsoft for analysis. If you do not agree with too much of your personal data being sent for analysis and troubleshooting, you should select the “Advanced” option.

  1. Open the settings and select Privacy.
  2. In the left menu, select Diagnostics and Feedback.
  3. In the right pane, change the Diagnostic Data option to Optional.

While this solution is pretty simple, it doesn’t always work, but luckily we have another solution for you.

Deleting work or school accounts

Errors like “Your school manages your PC” or “Your organization manages your PC” usually occur if you have work or school accounts connected to your device. Because of these accounts, you need permission from the company/school to make changes to your PC. In addition, this problem also occurs when you try to determine whether you can upgrade to Windows 11 using Windows Update Control.

  1. Go to Windows Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Access to work or school.
  4. Select the connected account and delete it.
  5. Restart your device.

Create a new user account with administrator privileges

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Then Accounts.
  3. Select Family and other users.
  4. Then select Add another person to this PC.
  5. Enter your login information in the field and follow the instructions.
  6. Once the account is created, change it to Administrator and click OK.

Editing the system properties

In the Control Panel, you can change the system properties and select the option to confirm that this computer is not a working computer. While this doesn’t work for all users, it has worked for some, so it’s worth a try.

  1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. Type “Control Panel” in the dialog box and press Enter.
  2. In the Control Panel, choose “View by”, then “Large icons”.
  3. In the new Control Panel view, select System from the list of available options.
  4. In System Preferences, click “Advanced System Preferences” on the left side of the screen.
  5. In Properties, click on “Network ID” at the bottom of the screen.
  6. Windows will now ask you if this computer is a home or corporate network. Check the “This is a home computer; it is not part of the corporate network” box.
  7. Windows will now ask you to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Save your work and check after the restart to see if the problem has been resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Enter REGEDIT in the search box on the taskbar.
  2. Click REGEDIT in the search results.
  3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
  4. Select your system.
  5. Find and double-click EnableLUA.
  6. Change its value to 0.
  7. Click OK.

  1. Go to Windows Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Access to work or school.
  4. Select a connected account and delete it.
  5. Restart your device.

  1. Click the Start button and type gpedit.
  2. Go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.
  3. Double-click "Security zones: Do not allow users to change policies" in the right pane.
  4. Select "Not configured" and click OK.
  5. Restart your computer and check the result.

Usually, this means that these settings were indeed configured by your system administrator, and it would be wise to discuss them with him or her. However, if you are an administrator, you can do the following to resolve the issues. Check your registry or group policy settings.