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How to run Windows 10 Settings app as administrator?

In Windows 7 I created two users: a regular user that I log in as and an administrative user that I enter the password for whenever I did anything that required elevation. This seems to work well enough in the past, the Control Panel prompted me with a UAC prompt every time I changed system-wide settings.

Now after I upgraded to Windows 10 the Settings app seems to gray out most options that are not changeable by regular users. (e.g. uninstall apps, Windows Defender real-time protection, wifi metered connection status, etc). Is there a way of running the entire Settings app as Administrator so I can use it to change the settings without going to the trouble of switching users and starting a new session as Administrator? I tried right clicking on the app icon in the start screen but it did not display the «run as Administrator» option.

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Why it’s happening

This isn’t the problem of not running the Settings app as an Administrator. Those settings are controlled by Group Policy.

It appears by default regular users cannot change these settings (it does make sense).

I actually tried running the app as an Administrator from an elevated command prompt, Windows Powershell ( Start-Process «ms-settings» -runas /user:Administrator ), and also by right clicking and choosing «Run as Admin» on the actual SystemSettings application located at C:\Windows\ImmersiveControlPanel . Nothing worked

The answer to your question is basically because you’re on a normal user account.

How to change group policy for non-administrators

So if you do want normal users to be able to access the greyed out settings I recommend you follow the following tutorial:

Yes, it says Windows 7 but most likely this will work for Windows 10. Here’s a summary:

1. Open the Start Menu, type mmc.exe in the search box, and press Enter. NOTE: In Windows 8, you could press Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, then type mmc.exe, and click/tap on OK instead.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7/8/10) or Continue (Vista).

3. In the MMC Console window, click on File (Menu bar) and Add/Remove Snap-in.

4. In the left pane, select Group Policy Object Editor, and click on the Add button.

5. Click on the Browse button.

6. Click on the Users tab, select an Non-Administrators, and click on OK.

7. Click on the Finish button.

8. Click on OK.

9. In the MMC Console window, click on File (Menu bar) and Save As.

10. Select to save to your Desktop, type in a name (ex: Non-Administrators-Group-Policy) that you would like to have for this «all users except administrators» group policy MSC file, then click on the Save button. NOTE: You can use any name you like, but it would make it easier for you to know what user (ex: Test) or group this «specific» group policy MMC console was for later if you included the user or group name.

Источник статьи: http://superuser.com/questions/978686/how-to-run-windows-10-settings-app-as-administrator

How to disable access to Windows 10’s Settings app and Control Panel

In Windows 10, the Settings app, along with the Control Panel, lets you change a wide range of settings to customize your experience, and change system, network, account, and privacy settings.

However, if you’re a network administrator for an organization, or you share your PC with other people, you know that letting non-technical users access settings will often result in misconfigurations.

If you don’t want anyone altering the settings on your computer, in Windows 10 you can quickly prevent this by disabling access to the Settings app and the Control Panel using the Local Group Policy Editor and the Registry. This not only ensures your configurations will be preserved all the time, but it also helps stop users from modifying settings accidentally.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to restrict access to the Settings app and Control Panel on your computer.

How to disable Settings and Control Panel using Group Policy

If your PC is running Windows 10 Pro (or Enterprise), the easiest way to restrict access to the Settings app and the Control Panel is to use the Local Group Policy Editor.

To disable Settings and Control Panel using Group Policy, do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Browse the following path:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel

On the right side, double-click the Prohibit access to Control Panel and PC settings policy.

Select the Enabled option.

  • Click Apply.
  • Click OK.
  • After you complete these steps, users won’t be able to open the Settings app, and those who try to open the Control Panel will ee this message: «This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.»

    If you want to change the settings back, you can always use the same instructions, but on step No. 5, make sure to select the Not Configured option.

    How to disable Settings and Control Panel using Registry

    If you’re running Windows 10 Home, you won’t have access to the Local Group Policy Editor, but you can still block users from accessing the Settings app and Control Panel on Windows 10 by modifying the Registry.

    Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly. We recommend to making a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

    To prevent users from changing settings on Windows 10 using the Registry, do the following:

    1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
    2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the Registry.

    Browse the following path:

    Right-click on the right side, select New, and then click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

    Once you complete these steps, users won’t be able to open the Settings app, and those who try to open the Control Panel will see this message: «This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.»

    At any time you can revert the changes by following the same steps, but this time in step No. 6, make sure to switch the value from 1 to 0.

    Wrapping things up

    Although this feature is particularly useful in a network environment, such as when configuring a kiosk or guest machine, there are many other scenarios where disabling the Settings app and the Control Panel will come in handy too.

    For example, if you share a device in the house with children, and you don’t want them messing around with the settings on Windows 10. It’s also helpful if you’re the tech support person for your family and friends, and they keep calling you to reconfigure a feature over and over again. You can fix their computer once, and then block them access to change settings, so you get fewer support calls.

    If you’re a network administrator, and you’re simply looking to block users from accessing particular settings, you can use our guide with the steps to restrict access to pages in the Settings app on Windows 10.

    While this guide focused on Windows 10, you can use the same instructions on Windows 8.1. If you want to disable the Control Panel on Windows 7, you can still use these steps, but the policy is called Prohibit access to the Control Panel and the Registry is also called NoControlPanel.

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    For more help articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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