I'm asking this because my D-Link Dongle (datacard) app doesn't run in normal administrator account. It displays a message like: "An administrator has blocked you from running this app..."

So I activated the Hidden Administrator account. This can be done with:

net user administrator /active:yes

Here, the app runs. But it doesn't run in the normal Administrator account. So I'm thinking to use the Hidden Account as permanently. Would there be any lack of functionality in this account?

If possible, please help me run this app in both accounts. Here's the error I'm getting:

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  • What do you consider to be a "normal" Administrator account precisely?
    – Ramhound
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:42
  • When you install Windows 10, the first account you login is the normal Administrator account i.e., it has administrator privileges.
    – Vikas
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:51
  • I think he means regular account with administrator rights
    – clhy
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:52
  • Why are you running setup multiple times? You should only have to run it once (and maybe select "install for all users").
    – DavidPostill
    Jan 12, 2016 at 11:56
  • @DavidPostill installation isn't required. It is already installed. It's only the app that is not running.
    – Vikas
    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:02

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What's the difference between a Hidden Administrator Account and a normal Administrator account?

One master account to rule them all

Most operating systems have some sort of special-purpose master account: one that lets you control the OS with virtually no restrictions. This type of account has various names: “superuser,” “root,” “supervisor,” and so forth. Windows calls it Administrator.

Windows’ master account doesn’t simply enhance a standard admin-level user account or serve as an elevated version of the Run as administrator option. Administrator operates much like a normal user account, except it has virtually unlimited permissions.

Once activated, Administrator (or Admin for short) is a separate account, complete with its own private desktop and user files. You can set it up with its own themes, background, and other customizations, and you can install software that’s not shared with non-admin-level users.

The unfettered, full-permission access offered by the Administrator account is ideal when you need access to the deepest parts of Windows — for example, when you’re trying to resolve really thorny system problems. But clearly, that level of control can also be dangerous. There’s no safety net, so a misstep could royally screw up your system.

That’s why Microsoft hides the Admin account by default. It’s not intended for full-time, routine use — the risks are simply too great — but it’s there for knowledgeable users to employ when needed.

A review of Windows’ admin-level access options

As noted, Windows offers three ways to access admin-level permissions and functions. They are, from simplest to most powerful:

  • Run as administrator: This option is typically used to temporarily access limited admin-level rights from within a non-admin-level (standard) account. In some cases, tasks that require administrator-level permissions can be run by simply right-clicking the name of an app or function and selecting the “Run as administrator” option.

    The process has a couple of speed bumps: a user account control (UAC) prompt must be acknowledged, and you must also enter an admin-level password. This two-step process can cause problems with complex and multi-step admin-level tasks. Also, depending on the account type (standard, guest, or child), some admin-level tasks are simply off-limits.

  • Assign a user account as an administrator: Admin-level user accounts are subject to UAC controls. A warning will pop up whenever a potentially dangerous system change is about to start — for example, when installing new software or making system-level changes that might affect other users. The task won’t proceed until the user explicitly grants permission via a UAC prompt.

    This one-step speed bump lets most admin-level tasks run to completion. However, some complex, multi-step tasks might fail. This can happen when a task requires several admin-level tools working in series or uses command lines or scripts. The process could stop because only the first tool or task received the necessary permissions.

  • Sign in as Administrator: The master Admin account — the focus of this article — has full permissions and operates with virtually no restrictions. It has none of the restrictions or drawbacks of the first two administrator-access methods.

    When you’re in the Admin account, you’ll likely never see a UAC prompt — any system-level task you initiate is carried out immediately. Not only is this UAC-free operation convenient, it will also let you complete complex tasks that would otherwise fail. Within an Admin account, you can sequentially run multiple tools and tasks without the problem of repeatedly confirming elevated privileges.

Source Activate Windows’ hidden, master admin account

  • But when I search for Control Panel or Calculator or some inbuilt apps in this account, they're not listed in search. Why is so?
    – Vikas
    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:04
  • I've no idea :/
    – DavidPostill
    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:07
  • Ok. Can you tell how to run a .exe file through cmd? This is the path of file I want to run: C:\Program Files (x86)\D-Link Connection Manager\WirelessModem.exe
    – Vikas
    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:13
  • How to run Control Panel tools by typing a command or type control for the control panel, calc for calculator.
    – DavidPostill
    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:16
  • "C:\Program Files (x86)\D-Link Connection Manager\WirelessModem.exe" should work. You need quotes as the are spaces in the path.
    – DavidPostill
    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:20

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