Server 2016 – Using Edge with the built-in Administrator

When you’re logged in with local Administrator on a Windows Server 2016 box, you can’t start the Edge browser.

Default security will prevent you from using the Edge browser and suggests you to login with a different user.


To workaround this, you can follow these instructions:

  1.  (windows+r) run gpedit.msc
  2. go to: Computer configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account -> Enabled
  3. Reboot the Windows Server 2016 box (windows+r -> shutdown /r /t 0)
  4. enjoy using Edge with the local administrator account

Hendricus Kramer

Hendricus Kramer works for Pepperbyte as Technical Consultant. He works with technologies like VMWare, Microsoft RDS, Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop and RES Workspace Manager. He is awarded as a VMware vExpert 2016.

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