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UAC Keeps Turning Off... Windows 10

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Have recently begun to upgraded to Windows 10 on our network.  

Been having very common issue with Windows not allowing use of Edge and other things because of Built-In Administrator issue, found solution of raising UAC level.  problem is the computers keeps turning it back off!

is this a computer issue or a domain issue?

Domain is on a Windows Server 2012

Thanks

Denten
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by:John Hurst
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Have you got a GPO doing this. It is not a Windows 10 issue on any of the Windows 10 machines I have, use, or my clients use.
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by:Denten McDougall
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I assume that it could be, as it has happened twice after doing a gpupdate command.  but would it be a local policy or network policy doing it?
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by:John Hurst
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None of the default network or local policies do this on my machines here.
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by:Denten McDougall
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Ok, that's good, but assuming something on my network is not "default" what could possibly be affecting this?
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by:John Hurst
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You could try a TCP/IP reset as that will reset network components. Otherwise there may be another change you may have made.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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I'm far more concerned that you *have* a "built-in administrator" account. Users should be logging in with a domain account, which by definition cannot be the built-in admin account (S-1-500) even if it is a member of the local administrator's group.

You definitely have something going on, and it is a bigger issue than UAC.
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by:Denten McDougall
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Cliff,  user are logging in with a domain account.  that is just the error that pops up when UAC is disabled when opening Edge (see attached). enabling UAC fixes this known issue with Windows 10

I can go into UAC on each computer and put it back to "default" and after a reboot Edge opens just fine. however after what seems to be a random interval, i will get a notification on the screen stating that "a reboot is required to disable UAC"  then when i go check, it has been slid down to off?
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by:John Hurst
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I am in Edge now as I post and nothing is happening to UAC

For UAC to "slide down to OFF" requires an administrative exception (OK) to do this.

Something has gone wrong with your setup because what you describe is completely abnormal and not an endemic function of either Edge or Windows 10.
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by:Denten McDougall
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I understand that something is wrong!  That is why I am here!

how do i fix it?  or at least what should i start checking???
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by:John Hurst
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If you have more than one machine, isolate one, back up local files, do a fresh install of Windows 10 via the Media Creation link. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Update it, set it up, install software, do NOT join the domain and test it. Any issues?

Now join the domain. Does the problem appear?
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by:Merete
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Try adding edge to windows firewall
Control Panel Windows Firewall>Allow an App Through scroll through if not there at the top click on Change Settings so the add another app is nolonger grayed out
browse to>
C:windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge.exe
click on that to add it then apply
Microsoft Edge
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Denten McDougall earned 0 total points
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Found my issue..... for some unknown reason my predecessor had configured the server to turn off UAC via group policy.  took me awhile to find this, but now that I have changed it back to a more intelligent setting, everything is working fine.
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by:Denten McDougall
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I solved it my self.....
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