Official Fix - Microsoft Edge (Chromium) Administrator Mode Detected

Official Fix – Microsoft Edge (Chromium) Administrator Mode Detected

If you ever wonder why you’re seeing Administrator Mode Detected in Microsoft Chromium Edge? In this blog post, learn everything you need to know about it.

Some users are reporting that whenever they launch Edge Chromium as an administrator or launch a link from software, which is initiated in administrative mode, a quick dialog box opens up in the upper right corner of the browser, telling users that you’re in the administrator mode.

The full warning message which reads:

Administrator Mode Detected

Close Microsoft Edge and relaunch in non-administrator mode for best performance.”

Whoever is seeing this message calls it annoying and thinks that it is an issue as Chromium Edge browser is under development, but the truth is that it is a security feature in the browser. Eric Lawrence confirmed the information on Twitter.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) Administrator Mode Detected – Explained

Administrator Mode Detected is a security feature, and the warning suggests users to close the browser and run it without admin rights. It is because running the browser with administrator privileges can cause the browser to behave abnormally under various situations, and it highly risky. It’s because whenever you run any program or software that opens up from the Edge Chromium will take over its security level.

For example, if you launch Edge Chromium with admin rights and launch it from the browser, then that particular program or process will also run with administrator rights.

It is highly risky if you download and install a program that contains malicious code or malware. This will not only force the browser to behave abnormally but also gain full access to the browser accompanied by Windows.

Fix – Microsoft Chromium Edge Administrator Mode Detected

Microsoft Edge team has already fixed the issue. Still, if you’re seeing the same message then you can employ following workarounds to get rid of the message:

  • Set UAC level to “Notify me when apps try to make changes to my computer.”
  • Create a standard account on Windows and run the browser.

Disable Microsoft Edge’s Administrator Mode Detected Message

Some users requested the Edge team to provide an option to disable the Administrator Mode Detected totally. The added a new feature using which users can fix the issue. In case, you’re still seeing the message, then here’s what you need to do:

1. Visit following flag address in the Edge Chromium: edge://flags/#edge-de-elevate-on-launch

2. Using drop-down change the setting for the “De-elevate browser on launch” flag from Default to Enabled.

3. Click on the Restart button to apply the changes.

If the Chromium Edge browser is launched in Administrator mode without user consent, then due to the setting we applied above, the browser will be relaunched automatically as a user who is logged-in currently.

It means, from now onwards you no longer see a message “Administrator Mode Detected” in the Edge browser.

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