Windows 2016 – Windows Cannot Access…

Accessing Network Status and other features as Administrator generates this error

C:\windows\system32\control.exe

Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

How to solve the problem

Local account policy editor
  1. Run > gpedit.msc
  2. Computer Configuration->Windows Settings->Security Settings->Local Policies->Security Options
  3. Enable “User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account”

Log out and log back in, or reboot.

Another possible solution for Windows 10 or Windows 2019

  1. regedit.exe
  2. Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  3. Change the value of FilterAdministratorToken (REG_DWORD) from 0 to 1
  4. If the key does not exist: create new key: New > DWORD value, type or copy “FilterAdministratorToken” (no quotes), set the value to 1
  5. Log out or reboot

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