Microsoft Edge Can’t Be Opened Using The Built-In Administrator Account

KB ID 0001096 Dtd 13/08/15

Problem

Not only the built in administrator account, if you try and open Microsoft Edge whilst logged in as the Domain Administrator you will also see the same error message.

Edge Wont Open as Admininstrator

To be honest this is a good thing, you shouldn't be doing something potentially dangerous like going on the Internet as the administrator anyway. However for my test Windows 10 machine on the bench I'm not really bothered, I just want it to work,

Solution

Enable Microsoft Edge for Administrators (one machine)

1. From the Start/Run menu type and execute secpol.msc (local security policy editor).

Windows 10 Local Policy

2. Navigate to;

Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options > User Account control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account

Windows 10 UAC

3. Set the policy to 'Enabled' >Apply > OK.

Windows 10 Admin Approval Mode

4. Reboot.

Windows 10 Reboot

5. Boom! There it is.

Microsoft Edge

Enable Microsoft Edge for Administrators (Multiple Domain Machines via GPO)

Warning: With great power comes great responsibility, if you have some test machines in one OU and you want to do this for them, thats fine. But REMEMBER this setting is a good thing DO NOT go linking this GPO to the root of your domain!

1. On a DC or a machine with the RSAT tool installed, Launch Group Policy Editor. Create a new GPO or edit and existing one.

Edge Wont Open as Admininstrator GPO

2. Navigate to;

Computer Configuration >Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options > User Account control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account

Microsodt Edge Group Policy

3. Set the policy to 'Enabled' > Apply > OK.

Edge GPO

4. Close the Group Policy Management Editor. If you have a Windows 2012 domain you can force the policy refresh on a particular OU, or simply run 'gpupdate /force' on the target machine, (or you could also wait a couple of hours, or simply reboot the target machines).

Enable Microsoft Edge for Administrators (one machines via the registry)

'Home' editions of windows have local policy editing options, for those you will have to edit the registry directly.

1. Open regedit.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. Navigate to;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft >Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System
Locate and set the value of 'FilterAdministratorToken' (Note: You may need to create the 32-bit DWORD,) to 1.

Edge Wont Open as Admininstrator Home

3. Navigate to;

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System > UIPI

Locate and set the value of '(Default)' to 1.

Edge Wont Open No Local Policy

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