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Clearing 'administrator privileges'


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#1 clayto

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 07:25 AM

I have asked about this before but did not get an answer.  Every so often when I try to open some apps and in particular the Store itself, I get this message running the full width of the screen:

 

"Store can't open while File Explorer is rumming with administrator privileges. Restart File Explorer normally and try again.   Close"

 

How do I do that?  I know how to open things as Administrator, but I have not found out how to remove the status of Administrator already granted!  I am now going to try shutting the PC and restating, hoping that will clear Administrator status / remove administrator privileges.  If it does it will of course only be a temporary stop-gap until I have learned how to do it properly.  If it does not then I am somewhat stuck!

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 07:38 AM

Hi clayto :)

From what I found, this is something new in Windows 8/8.1 due to the "AppContainer" mode/method. Here if you want to read more about it:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/app-cant-open-explorer-running-administrator
http://superuser.com/questions/521293/why-does-the-error-app-name-cant-open-while-file-explorer-is-running-with-ad

This is what's happening here:

Now Windows Explorer normally runs in medium integrity mode, and explorer.exe is the parent process from which all other user-initiated processes inherit their access token. If Explorer is running with admin privileges i.e. at high integrity level, then any Metro apps it launches will inherit that administrative access token, which is obviously a strict no-no as it will violate the sandboxed environment provided by the AppContainer integrity level. Hence the error message thrown.

Windows Explorer isn't launched with Admin Rights as far as I know too. It could have something to do with the "Priority" in the Task Manager, but this doesn't affect the access level.

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 08:35 AM

Hello Aura

 

The linked pages seem to be just what I need  ----  I will try out some of the suggestions.  Thanks.  I am surprised more people have not asked for help with this issue.

 

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 11:41 AM

No problem clayto :) Also, I guess it's because not that much people uses the Windows Store. Personally, I don't. There's nothing of interest for me in there.

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