This was quite an annoying experience. When I upgraded to Windows 10, I expected the same user privileges would be the same when my operating system was still Windows 7. But alas, in Windows 10, every time I run some programs, it tells me access denied.
Hell. My account is not connected to any domain network since it is just a personal PC. It is quite annoying to have to manually set the account to be part of the Administrator group.
Sure. Good for me because I know how but for those who are not technically inclined, it can be a waste of time having to find a solution how to bypass it.
So anyway, since you are here, follow these steps:
This was a painstaking experience because it took me countless forum posts that mostly never worked for my scenario until I came across one that did the trick. And the post topic was not even about having problems signing in to a Microsoft account from a local account in Windows 10.
What did solve for me was by executing a command in Powershell for a broken Start Menu (since this is also where Cortana can be found at first run).
Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator
Right click Start button
Choose Command prompt (Admin)
Key in Powershell in the black window and hit Enter
Paste the following command in the Administrator: Windows PowerShell window and press Enter key:
Sad to say, I got victimized by the malware known as SearchProtect. This seems to come from Lavasoft’s Conduit application although I have been careful to never install any unwanted program, I got victimized by SearchProtect because curiously, the DIVX installer that got redirected to me came with unwanted bullsheets.
I was surprised after it happened. The WMV format sucks and I was forced to download the codec because Windows’ Media Player cannot play it. Microsoft could have at least redirected me to some links that are not crap.
Instead, I got redirected to a crap site and installed a very annoying malware.
So how to delete it? Skip applications that say they target malware. SearchProtect will only disappear once you uninstall it but it won’t be in normal Windows boot mode.
You need to go into safe mode in order to uninstall it. It is usually found in c:\Program Files (x86). My variation was under MiuiTab. I had to kill the ProtectSearch.exe first since it was run even in Safe Mode. After that, uninstall went smoothly.
Once you go back to normal boot mode, you can uninstall those other nasty annoying applications and browser extensions.
That should do it. And If you are into movies, avoid WMV! Look for AVI, MVK or MP4 instead!