Windows – Installing the Windows 8.1 update on a non-admin account

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When trying to update to Windows 8.1 from 8 through the Windows Store I get the following error message:

You need to use an account with Administrator privileges to install Windows 8.1, try logging in with the user account of an administrator of this PC and trying the update again.

I run as a limited user account for security reasons and I have enabled the built in Administrator account to do admin related tasks. This often just requires a prompt where I have to enter the admin account password to proceed. So after seeing this error message, I logged into the Administrator and attempted to install the update through the store, only to get an error (paraphrased) "Built in Administrator account can't run the Windows Store.

What is the best way for me to install the Windows 8.1 update without changing the security settings on my system? Because I really don't want to change my account to a admin account and I don't want to go through the hassle of creating a new admin user and then create new Microsoft Account so I can log into the Windows Store.

Is there any alternative install to the Windows Store? Can I safely temporarily make my account and admin and then reduce it back to a normal account? What is my best option here?

Best Answer

  • Log on with the 'administrator' account, type 'cmd', then

    net localgroup administrators /ADD james

    (or whatever your account name is)

    Log back on with your (now administrator) account and upgrade Windows to 8.1

    when all is done, log back in as administrator:

    net localgroup administrators /DELETE james

    It is no problem to make yourself an admin for the purpose of upgrading. Just remember to switch back to a normal user later.