Fixed: ‘You Do Not Have Sufficient Access to Uninstall’ in Windows 8, 8.1, 10


Today, I am providing a solution guide on how to fix the problem of you don’t have sufficient access to uninstall uTorrent or another program in your Windows 10, 8.1, 8, or any other Microsoft OS versionwindows-Do-Not-Have-Sufficient-Access-to-Uninstall

When Microsoft launched its latest Windows version called as ‘Vista,’ a new feature named as UAC (User Account Control) got an introduction. This inbuilt Windows feature helps in blocking some potential programs and actions which can harm your system. Such harmful activities form by some particular programs, especially malware.  

What UAC does?

  1. It prevents potentially threatening executions
  2. Even if you are an administrator, if UAC finds something fishy, it restricts the account access

Yes, all these are good for the protection of our PC and sensitive data stored on it. But sometimes, when you try to uninstall the programs, you see the error message like ‘you do not have sufficient access to uninstall. Please contact your system Administrator.’  

How to fix ‘you don’t have sufficient access to uninstall’ problem in Windows?

Most of the times, people get this error when they try to remove the torrent software named as uTorrent. Check the top three solutions below to fix it.

Solution-1:  Use the rights of the Administrator

Use a simple method first to solve this issue. You can take help of your Administrator rights to fix it.

  1. Go the Drive in your system where Windows OS is installed
  2. Open the folder names as ‘Program Files.’
  3. Look for the program you want to uninstall
  4. Open the program properties

Program properties5. Open the location of the file and see for the ‘uninstall.exe’ application. Run it as an Administrator and the removing process will start


This should do the job. If not, then check the other solutions below.

Solution-2: Take help of the Registry Panel & Command Prompt

The Registry Editor is a Windows Database. It manages and stores the configuration settings. Almost all the Windows settings are stored in the Registry Panel. Not only the system settings but the third-party software that you install and use on your PC also uses the space of the Windows Registry to store the configuration. So, you can take help of the Registry Editor to solve the issue of uninstalling uTorrent or other software in Windows Systems.

  • On your desktop, press Windows + R key to open the ‘Run’ box
  • Type regedit.exe and press Enter to open Registry EditorRegistry-Editor
  • As shown in the above image, go to the Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall
  • At that place, you will find the programs stored in the panel. See the program or software you need to uninstall
  • Click on it and then double-click on the ‘UninstallString’ on the right side section of the Editor window
  • A popup will open showing the Value name and Value data. Copy the data in a notepad
  • Open the Command Prompt in the Administrative Mode
  • Paste the copied value of the string data in the cmd editorCMD-Editor
  • Click on Enter and the program will be uninstalled

Solution-3: Use the Safe Mode

One of the possible solutions to fix this problem of insufficient access to remove the program is running your system in ‘Safe Mode’. If you perform the installation process in this status, then there are chances of getting success. FYI, the User Account Control feature doesn’t work in Safe Mode, and so you will not have to face any limitation in your profile.

How to run Safe Mode in Windows 10?

  1. First, open the ‘Windows Settings’ by pressing Windows + I key
  2. Then click on the ‘Update & Security’ option
  3. Now, select ‘Recovery’ from the left panelWindows-settings-recovery
  4. In the ‘Advanced Startup’ section, click on the ‘Restart Now’ button
  5. Your system will reboot. When the screen re-appears, choose the below sequence
  6. Troubleshoot, Advanced options, Startup settings, Restart
  7. This will again restart your Windows PC. When the display comes back, you will have some options. Press F4 to run the ‘Safe Mode’ of Windows. You can also select the option number 4

Note: If you wish to use the internet also, then select option number 5 or press F5 to run ‘Safe Mode with Networking.’

Now, coming back to the solution, after you go into the ‘Windows Safe Mode,’ you may have to enable the MSI installer of Windows. Follow the steps below to do it:

  • Open the Registry Panel by following the commands I mentioned before in this article
  • Then, go to the Minimal option in Safeboot under the System tab. Check the image below for the exact pathRegistry-editor-subkey
  • Here, you need to create a subkey. Right click on the panel and click on New > Key
  • Then rename it to ‘MSIServer.’
  • Now, right click on its ‘Default’ value name and set its data value as ‘Service.’MSIServer-default-value

This process will help to enable the Windows MSI Installer to change, modify or remove the programs in Safe Mode.

There are also some third party software available in the market which can help you to fix the problem of ‘You Do Not Have Sufficient Access to Uninstall’ in Windows 8, 8.1, 10. If you find them sufficient and affordable, you can download and use them too.

I hope this guide helped you to solve the Windows OS problem of uninstalling the programs or applications. If you any other reliable solution for fixing this issue, then do mention it in the comment section below to expand the knowledge base of us all.



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