Fix- Device Manager is blocked by administrator in Windows 10 / 11

Device Manager is a utility program to manage all of your devices on your computer from one place. In case if you are unable to access the Device Manager on your computer as it is blocked by an administrator, simply follow these easy steps and you will be using the device manager once again.

But before going ahead for the main fix, we strongly suggest you create a restore point for your system. In case if anything goes wrong, you can easily restore your computer to the same point. If you don’t know how to create a restore point, please refer to how to create a restore point in Windows 10.

Note: – Some users have reported that

 Fix 1 – Enable hidden admin account

Try to enable hidden administrator account in windows 10.

1. Search cmd in windows 10 search box.

2. right click and click on run as administrator.

3. Copy and paste the command given below and hit enter key to execute.

net user administrator /active:yes

After that try again.

Fix-2 Open Device Manager from System Properties-

Try to open Device Manager from System Properties.

1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run window on your computer.

2. Now, copy-paste or type “sysdm.cpl” and then hit Enter. 

Press Win + R To Open Run, Type Sysdm.cpl And Hit Eter


3. In System Properties window, go to the “Hardware” tab.

4.  Then, click on “Device Manager” in the Device Manager section.


Hardware Device Manager


Check if you can access the Device Manager window on your computer.


Fix-3 Access Device Manager from Computer Management-

You can access Device Manager from the Computer Management window.

1.  Press Windows key+E together to open the File Explorer window.

2. In the File Explorer window, on the left-hand side, right-click on “This PC” and then click on “Manage“.


This Pc Manage


Computer Management window will be opened.

3. In the Computer Management window, on the left-hand side, click on “Device Manager“.


Devcie Manager Computer Management


Now, on the right-hand side, you will be able to see all the devices on your computer.

This way you can access Device Manager from Computer Management utility.


Fix-4 Open Device Manager as an admin-

If nothing is working out for you, try to open Device Manager as an administrator from Powershell-

1. Press Windows key+X and then click on “Windows Powershell (Admin)“.


Pres Win Key + X Together To Open The Context Menu With Windows Powershell (admin)


Powershell window will be opened.

2. In Powershell window, copy-paste these command and hit Enter to execute these one-by-one to gain administrative access and use that access to open Device Manager.

net user administrator /active:yes




Device Manager window will be opened.

You will be able to use Device Manager.

Fix 5 – Reset Updates

Open command prompt as admin. Now, run the following commands one by one .

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSvc

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.older

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.older

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

Close the command prompt window and try again.

16 thoughts on “Fix- Device Manager is blocked by administrator in Windows 10 / 11”

  1. Yes Fix 4 works but I still want to remove that admin lock and use it the normal way. This only occurred recently. I am not online so it was something else that caused this.

  2. I could only access my device manager only on safe mode offline. I can’t access any important devices online. Even my cmd access admin I run that only on safe mode. How do I fix?

  3. Thanks for the info. It worked with the exception of BITS. It was not enabled after the re-image. Ran a “dism /online /enable-feature /featurenaem:bits” command on PShell and disabled security features before running the command. Thanks for the insight.

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