Issues Installing applications since removing admin rights ( but running installer AS AN ADMIN user)

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I used to use a domain user with administrator rights on my Windows 10 machine.  (to be clear, on the active domain it's just a regular user, but I had it in the 'administrator group' on my local machine)

To be more secure, what I did a while back is create a 2nd new user (a local Windows user), gave that new admin rights, and removed my regular user (my domain user) from the Administrators group.

So when I need to install something or access certain settings, I get prompted for an admin user, I enter my local admin user in the user/password Window, and run the installer (or access settings) as a local administrator.

This seemed to be working ok, but recently I started having this issue where I can no longer install anything. I'm not getting any permissions error or any error at all.  The installation just completely stalls in the middle and never completes.

This has happened with at least 3-4 applications now.  


Is there something wrong with my method (of using a local admin user account's creds to run installers, while I'm logged in as a regular domain user to the PC)?


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To be more secure, what I did a while back is create a 2nd new user (a local Windows user), gave that new admin rights

Something may have gone with this account (Windows Profile issue). As a first step, delete this account and make a new admin account and test.

The initial account should be fine.
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Your issue on a domain based system is an application of a GPO with rights assignment that deals with restricting which accounts can be in the builtin\administrators group.

In your case, you seem to indicate that there is no error either password, or account, you are not including the application/installer in question.  Try instead of running the install presuming it is UAC aware and will trigger a rights elevation, right-click and run as administrator. If you have recently added an anti-virus that might be what prevented the attempted install.
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"This seemed to be working ok, but recently I started having this issue where I can no longer install anything" - let's try to reproduce this problem with some setup that anyone can download for free. Can you please try if you can install the following super small microsoft installer package:
https://download.microsoft.com/download/1/7/d/17d82b72-bc6a-4dc8-bfaa-98b37b22b367/subinacl.msi

If that one does not work either, I will be able to reproduce it.
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Thanks all, I think the new admin account I added per John's suggestion might have been what fixed it. The small Microsoft installer installed fine however on the old account and after that the rest of my installs also worked so hard to say what fixed it but probably it was something about the old admin account.
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Thank you for the update and I was happy to help

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