Get root access on windows 10

Gireg de Kerdanet 21 Reputation points


I am a developer and I'm am very annoyed to not have root access on my windows 10 PC.

Why I need it :
Today, while developping a UWP app, Visual Studio managed to create a duplicate copy of my app in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps. I could no longer deploy my app for debug. It did not appear in the start menu so it could no be uninstalled. I could not remove the duplicate app in this folder in command line even with Remove-AppxPackage. I was stuck. I only managed to fix it by forcing reinstallation from the store.
For your information, I also develop on MacOS and I can tell you my developping experience is a million times better on MacOS than on Windows. I always run into impossible problems when I code on windows. You really need to do something... That's it for the feedback.

So is there any way to get this root access ?

  • I have tried to run 'net user administrator /active:yes' in admin powershell but I get an unknown username error
  • I have tried to open lusrmgr.msc but nothing can be done with it

I am on Windows 10 19041.1348
According to the forums, this used to be possible.

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  1. MotoX80 30,916 Reputation points

    From the command prompt run this. Do you know the password for any of the accounts in the Administrators group? Does your account show up?

    net localgroup administrators  

    I have tried to run 'net user administrator /active:yes' in admin powershell

    If you were able to launch Powershell with "run as administrator", then you already have admin rights, By "root" do you really mean the SYSTEM account?

    Update: From looking at the permissions on that folder, it would appear that you want to be "system". You can get a command prompt as that with PSExec.

    psexec \\localhost -s cmd.exe  

    Be careful using that.

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  1. Gireg de Kerdanet 21 Reputation points

    Hello MotoX80,

    Thank you very much for your answer.
    Yes I mean to have System access.

    • unfortunately, "net localgroup administrators" returns a system error 1376, the local group does not exists.
      • I've downloaded psexec and launched the command you suggested as administrator and it worked :) Thank you !!