An administrator has blocked you from running this app

How To Bypass The "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" Warning Message In Windows 10

Windows 10 is an operating system that is quite aggressive when it comes to protecting its users from any suspicious or potentially malicious software, and it is a good thing in general. However, sometimes it can prevent you from installing the software you are intending to use even if you think that this particular software is safe. Usually this happens when you are getting the error message saying: "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" or "This app has been blocked for your protection".

It is a Windows error (more like a notification) that prevents users from downloading and/or installing applications. In earlier Windows versions you could get this error message only from your installed anti-virus software, but now Windows includes built-in Windows Defender and UAC (User Account Control) that are responsible for keeping users safe from potential damages. When you get the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" error it means that the system is preventing you from running a suspicious installation (setup.exe) file, that could possibly infect your system with malware or other viruses. And if you are not sure if the setup file can be trusted, we recommend you not to ignore this warning message.

However, this error message could appear even when you download and try to install some legitimate software like the drivers for your hardware, in this case it could be pretty frustrating and limiting your actions. Good news is that there are ways how to get pass through this warning and in this guide we are going to show you how. Read the guide below, and try out our provided solutions one by one until you find the one that works for you.

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Disable Windows SmartScreen Feature

The first thing we would recommend you to try is to disable the Windows SmartScreen. SmartScreen (officially called Windows SmartScreen, Windows Defender SmartScreen, and SmartScreen Filter) is a cloud-based anti-phishing and anti-malware component included in several Microsoft products, including Windows 10. It determines whether a downloaded app or app installer is potentially malicious by checking downloaded files against a list of reported malicious software sites and programs known to be unsafe. It also checks downloaded files against a list of files that are well known and downloaded by many Windows users. If the file is not on that list, then SmartScreen shows a warning advising you to take caution. This feature might be responsible for the error you are seeing and is preventing installation of the app. If this is the case, disable SmartScreen and see if the error persists. To disable SmartScreen, go to Search and type "smartscreen", click the "App & browser control" result to open it.

disable windows SmartScreen step 1

In Windows Defender Security Center, select "Off" under "Check apps and files" - Windows Defender Smart screen will no longer protect your device by checking for unrecognised apps and files from the web.

disable windows SmartScreen step 2

NOTE: You will need to provide administrator approval to proceed. When you have finished, try to install the app again and see if the error still appears.

Or you can check if the particular file (a setup file) is not blocked. Locate the file and right-click it, select "Properties" from the contextual menu.

disable windows SmartScreen step 3

Now find the "Security" section in General tab and check the checkbox next to "Unblock", this should mark this file as safe and let you to install it. Click "Apply" to save the changes and try to launch the installation file again.

disable windows SmartScreen step 4

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Run The File Using Command Prompt

Command Prompt is the input field in a text-based user interface screen, a command line interpreter application available in most Windows operating systems. It is used to execute entered commands. Most of those commands are used to automate tasks through scripts and batch files, perform advanced administrative functions, troubleshoot and solve certain kinds of Windows issues. In early days of computing Command prompt used to be the only way to interact with the computer, so a simplistic set of commands with rigid syntax was used in order to make the system do anything. Command Prompt's official name is Windows Command Processor but is also sometimes called ​the command shell or cmd prompt, or even referred to by its filename cmd.exe.

To use Command Prompt, you must enter a valid command along with any optional parameters. Then it executes the command as entered and performs whatever task or function it's designed to perform in Windows. Some commands available in Windows require that you run them from an elevated Command Prompt. This means you have to be running it with administrator level privileges. If you try to execute a command which requires administrative privileges from a normal Command Prompt, you will get the message saying that you must be an administrator running a console, or that access is denied and you do not have sufficient privileges. To avoid the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" we recommend you to try to run the installation file using the elevated Command Prompt. To open it type "command prompt" in Search and right-click the "Command Prompt" result, select "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu.

run the file using command prompt step 1

Locate the file you want to install and go to it's Properties (right-click the file and select "Properties" from the contextual menu). Then enter it's location in Command Prompt and type the exact file name. In our example it would be "C:\Users\test\Downloads\wlsetup-all.exe".

run the file using command prompt step 2

Press Enter to execute the command and see if this solves the problem and overrides the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning message.

run the file using command prompt step 3

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Use Hidden Administrative Account

In order to successfully install the desired application you might need to use the hidden administrator account. To use it launch Command Prompt as administrator again and type this command: "net user administrator /active:yes".

use hidden administrator account

Now sign out from your current account and then sign in to your administrator account again. Locate the file you want to install and install it, see if you are still getting the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning. If you want to disable the hidden administrator account, type the same command with the "yes" replaced to "no" ("net user administrator /active:no").

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Check Your Antivirus

Some users reported that they are getting the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning message because of their antivirus software that prevents them from running and installing certain applications. If you are using any third-party antivirus software, make sure that its settings are not blocking the application. If for some reason you are not able to find these settings, then we recommend you to simply disable your antivirus and see if this helps.

That's it, we hope our provided methods were helpful and you were able to install the particular application without getting the "An administrator has blocked you from running this app" warning message. If there is another method that solved this problem for you and it is not mentioned in our guide - do not hesitate to share it with us and with the others by leaving a comment in our comment section below.

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