Windows 10: Can't run anything as administrator

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  1. silvanet Win User

    Can't run anything as administrator


    I mistakenly did a quick reply at the end of the tutorial for running an app as administrator in Windows 10.

    I'm on a PC running Windows 10 Pro, version 1903 (OS Build 18362.476), Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4570 CPU @ 3.20GHz, 3201 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s). Asus B85M-E R2 MB.

    I recently did a clean OS installation on a Samsung EVO 670 SSD. Everything was working fine until couple days ago when I
    saw MS message to restart after an update installation. Only problem I noticed then was my scanner didn't work, but I tracked down re-setting of the path to the driver.

    This morning I couldn't run my local installation of Office 365, getting error messages. Tried all I normally knew to do then called Microsoft Support.

    The O365 section could do nothing and figured I had an OS problem. They refereed me over. They tried to install and run QuickAssist and that's when I noticed it wouldn't run. They tried installing LogMeIn Rescue Assist, but that did the same. All we get is long delays and finally "The Device is not ready."

    I tried to run sfc /scannow but need administrator level. That's when I noticed can't run anything in administrative mode. I came here and followed full tutorial and all the options. I could not get admin mode to work on command prompt, or power shell. Can't run ps at all, nor regedit, can't use any important administrative tools like computer management or event viewer.

    Tried booting from USB repair disk but repair didn't work and got freaked by message that installation would delete my files.

    I noticed that an external USB I had attached got it's drive letter changed. I can't change it back without access to computer management disk management. Nothing works. I'm stuck.

    :)
     
    silvanet, Dec 7, 2019
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  2. angus Win User

    Settings can't be opened using the built-in administrator account


    Hello,
    Unfortunately I have the same issue as Dabz from upgrading win7 to win10.
    I've tried opening settings using all the suggested methods and it will not load using my account with Administrator access nor the built-in Administrator profile. I also tried other methods not listed such as using Run. Control panel is just a stepping stone to add users in Settings.
    I'm also having explorer.exe issues, which I believe is preventing Settings from loading.
    Using cmd (Admin) I successfully created a new user profile [and granted admin access also using cmd (Admin)], however win10 will not allow this account to log on. win10 does not list this new user within control panel but it does in the start menu. win10 will not allow to log in or switch to the new account via the start menu either.
    I can access settings in Safe Mode but this will not allow me to create a new account.
    Any help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers
     
    angus, Dec 7, 2019
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  3. ddelo Win User
    Export All Administrative Events to Excel


    To analyze events, from the Windows Event Viewer, there is a simple way to export all Administrative Events to Excel, with PowerShell.

    Exporting all Administrative Events to Excel is a simple two Step process, as described here:

    Step 1 - Create the Administrative Events View .xml file
    1. Open Eventviewer (%windir%\system32\eventvwr.msc)
    2. Navigate to: Event Viewer (Local) > Custom Views > Administrative Events
    3. In the “Actions” pane select “Filter Current Custom View”.
    4. Select the the XML tab.
    5. Press Ctrl+A to select all the XML code of the Custom View.
    6. Open a notepad, paste the selected code and save the file to your Desktop as AdmEvtView.xml


    Step 2 - Create the csv file with the events
    1. Download the ExportEvtCSV.zip file, which contains the script ExportEvtCSV.ps1 and unzip it, on your Desktop.
      It's not a fancy script, just basic PowerShell commands to create a csv file on the Desktop.
    2. In Windows Search, type “ISE” (without the quotes) to open “Windows PowerShell ISE” and Run as administrator
    3. To allow running the script, change the ExecutionPolicy, for this session. To do that, in the Console pane type:
      Code:
      Code:
      Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -force
    4. In the Windows PowerShell ISE, open and run the script: ExportEvtCSV.ps1
      The script will create a csv file with a name YYYYMMDD.HHMM.csv on the Desktop
    5. When done, open the newly created .csv file, format the columns as needed and optionally save it as .xlsx, if you wish.
    That’s it! You now have all the Administrative Events in Excel for filtering and further analysis. Can't run anything as administrator :)

    Now to the more technical hard stuff... *Confused

    There is a reason for running the script from within PowerShell ISE!

    It would be great if everything was also working perfectly, when running the script from an elevated PowerShell too.

    We can run it from an elevated PowerShell, which means that you just follow the Step 1, as above but for the Step 2 instead of the ISE you run the script from an elevated PowerShell.

    The problem is that it will work only for anybody who has en-US format for the dates. Everyone else, who has another format (i.e. en-GB, fr-FR, el-GR etc.), the dates are not translated properly by Excel (although the script uses the –UseCulture switch) and remain as text in the en-US format.

    I'm not sure if this a bug of the "export-csv" cmdlet, but although it runs the way it supposed to from within the ISE, from PowerShell there is a problem with the dates format.
    As I haven’t found a way to overcome this obstacle, any suggestion from the PowerShell gurus of the forum (like my good friend Shawn @Brink, for instance), is welcome.
     
    ddelo, Dec 7, 2019
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  4. Can't run anything as administrator

    how do i run chkdsk fix under administrator in win 10

    please list steps to run chkdsk fix in win 10 as administrator
     
    SabrinaWatkins1, Dec 7, 2019
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