when iam enabled my built-in administrator account iam getting a error that is This app can't be activated by the Built-in Administrator in Windows 8.1. Anybody know a solution for this error

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    Specific information is required. First what application are you trying to run exactly? Second it seems like you will need to use a different user other then the default Administrator. Have you considered upgrading to Windows 8.1? – Ramhound Jan 9 '14 at 12:39
  • Have you tried Googling the error? Many links related to this error pops up in the results. – kobaltz Jan 9 '14 at 12:52

It can be solved through editing a Group Policy, here the steps........

Open Local Group Policy Editor

  • Windows + R
  • Type Gpedit.msc

Go to the following Policy

  • Windows Settings.
  • Security Settings.
  • Local Policies.
  • Security Options.

Enable the Policy and reboot/logoff

User Account Control:Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in- Administrator account.

For more clarification visit http://feelsecured.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/how-to-solve-error-this-app-cant-be-activated-by-the-built-in-administrator-in-windows-8-1/

  • This does not change the fact you cannot link the built-in Administrator to a Microsoft Account which some Windows Store applications require. But this does actually answer the author's question. – Ramhound Jul 3 '14 at 4:35
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    This error is showings, when we login as built in administrator we can't use the apps likes video player, picture viewer, Music player etc, if the author meant a solution for that it will definitely help him – Sujith Mayi Jul 3 '14 at 7:38

This is by design. The Store apps require UAC to be enabled. The buildin account doesn't have UAC, so you can't run the apps.

protected by bwDraco Aug 13 '15 at 17:42

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