Instructions for starting File Explorer under Windows 10 with administrator rights
Tutorial with ID 8 from current 11

Author: - Published on:

11 steps to open the Windows 10 File Explorer with admin rights

The Windows File Explorer is the default tool of Microsoft (C) to organize files like copy, paste or delete. All (visible) files and directories on hard disks, external drives, USB sticks or CD drives are displayed here. Many applications also offer extensions for the File Explorer, which can be accessed via the right mouse button menu, for example. In general, the File Explorer is called with limited user rights. However, it may sometimes be necessary to start the File Explorer with admin rights. Since the November update (Build number "10586") of Windows 10 in November 2015, some problems with drivers occur. It is possible that external hard disks or DVD drives can only be accessed with administrator rights. In this manual we will show you how to start the File Explorer under Windows 10 with admin rights. This is also helpful for the software abylon CRYPTDRIVE to access the encrypted files after the above mentioned update.

Microsoft protected the opening of the File Explorer especially. To do this, you must first delete a registry key that is also specially protected. To do this, you first take possession of the key and then set the rights. Only then can the key be deleted.

1. Open Microsoft Registry Editor "Regedit"

Bild zu Open Microsoft Registry Editor

To open the Microsoft Registry Editor on Windows 10, proceed as follows:

  1. Carry the text regedit in the search field in the task bar next to the start button
  2. The program Regedit is found at the top of the search results. This is opened by clicking.
  3. As the registry editor requires admin rights, the user account control has to be confirmed with Yes.

2. Find File Explorer Key

Bild zu Find File Explorer Key

  1. Open the keys HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, AppID and {CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2} one after the other in the tree structure on the left. Alternatively, you can search for the key {CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2} using the search function in the menu under Edit and Search.
  2. Open the menu of the key with the right mouse button {CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2}.
  3. Select the menu item Permissions.

3. Dialog for access permissions

Bild zu Dialog for access permissions

In the dialog for the access rights for the selected key, the Advanced settings must first be opened. To do this, press the Advanced button.

4. Changing the permissions for the selected registry key

Bild zu Changing the permissions for the selected registry key

The option to apply permissions is not quite as obvious. Click on the link Change behind the owner.

5. Accept the authorizations

Bild zu Accept the authorizations

To take over the authorizations, the Full access must be activated as "Basic authorization" in the window. In addition, the item Add permissions only for objects and/or containers in this container is activated . With OK the permissions for the key {CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2} are accepted.

6. Select administrator as user or group

Bild zu Select administrator as user or group

To select the user, do the following:

  1. In the text box, type Administrators (or administrator).
  2. The entry will be confirmed with the button check name.
  3. Finally close the window with OK.

7. Close Advanced Security Settings

Bild zu Close Advanced Security Settings

Now you return to the window with Advanced Security Settings. This is simply closed with OK.

8. Administrator authorization Full access

Bild zu Administrator authorization Full access

In the authorization dialog, you must still allow the administrators full access. To do this, select the entry Administrators under "Group or user names" and activate Full access under "Permissions" by setting the tick. The changes are confirmed with Apply and OK.

9. Delete key permanently

Bild zu Delete key permanently

Now you are the owner of the key {CDCBCFCA-3CDC-436f-A4E2-0E02075250C2} with full access. The menu item Delete of the right mouse button removes the key. Confirm the following question dialog with Yes.

10. Restart computer

Bild zu Restart computer

To activate these changes, the computer must be restarted. Close the Registry Editor and select Restart from the Windows Start menu.

11. Starting the File Explorer with administrator rights

Bild zu Starting the File Explorer with administrator rights

To open the File Explorer with administrator rights, the File Explorer must first be started. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Switch first to the folder Windows.
  2. Enter explorer.exe in the search field at the top right .
  3. Select the item Execute as administrator.
  4. from the right mouse button menu.

Now the File Explorer starts with administrator rights and functions are displayed which are not visible via the "normal" File Explorer.

If there is no link to the File Explorer on the desktop, you can create it via the right-click menu with the entry Create Shortcut or via Send to -> Desktop.

12. Start the abylon CRYPTDRIVE under Windows 10

Bild zu Start the abylon CRYPTDRIVE under Windows 10

After starting the File Explorer with administrator rights under Windows 10 as described above, the abylon CRYPTDRIVE's can be opened again. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. After opening the abylon CRYPTDRIVE settings the Extended View must be opened. The settings dialog closes briefly and reopens with the additional functions.
  2. Change now to the CryptDrive administration.
  3. Select the Cryptdrive you want to open.
  4. Start the Cryptdrive by clicking on the Start-Icon (green triangle).

An alternative to solving this problem is described in the tutorial "Use multiple operating systems by virtualization on one computer". The use of virtual machines offers many ingenious options and applications.

Themed software for:
Instructions for starting File Explorer under Windows 10 with administrator rights

Software abylon ENTERPRISE


Security-Suite for professional use

Info Purchase Test

Software abylon CRYPTDRIVE


Container-based, encrypted drives for programs and data

Info Purchase Test

Enter comment

Please use our support form for support requests Support form!

I have understood and accept the Privacy Policy.