Having a hard time unlocking an app editor on your Windows PC? It is locked and you are not even sure why it is. We have a plethora of applicable solutions for you.
We all have third-party applications on our PC, but few users reported certain problems installing or running specific applications. According to them, it seems that a specific editor is locked on your PC, so today we are going to teach you how to unlock the editor in Windows 10.
- How to unlock an editor in Windows 10?
- Solution 1 – Use command prompt
- Solution 2 – Reinstall the problematic app
- Solution 3 – Download the application from a different source
- Solution 4 – Check if the editor is blocked
- Solution 5 – Restart Internet Explorer
- Solution 6 – Unlock the file manually
- Solution 7 – Check the certificate and download the file again
- Solution 8 – Try using a different web browser
- Solution 9 – Make sure you download the latest version
- Solution 10 – Use Task Manager
- Solution 11 – Use hidden administrator account
- Solution 12 – Change Group Policy and use File Unsigner
- Solution 13 – Disable SmartScreen Filter
- Solution 14 – Temporarily disable your firewall
How to unlock an editor in Windows 10?
Solution 1 – Use command prompt
According to users, one way around the problem is to use the Command Prompt to run the application. This is not a permanent solution, but it will allow you to install the desired application even if its editor is locked. To do this, you must use the command prompt and follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X to open the Win + X menu and select Command Prompt (Admin) .
- When Command Prompt opens , use the cd command to navigate to the directory that has the application installation file.
- After navigating to the desired directory, enter the name of the installation file, for example, setup.exe , and press Enter .
- Your installation should start normally.
If you are inexperienced with the Command Prompt, you can simply copy the exact path to the installation file. For this, follow these steps.
- Start Command Prompt as administrator.
- Locate the installation file, hold down the Shift key and right-click the installation file. Choose » Copy as path» from the menu.
- Now go back to Command Prompt and hit Ctrl + V to paste the file path. Now hit Enter to run that file.
As we have already mentioned, this is only a temporary solution and not a permanent solution, so you will need to use this method every time you try to run an application that is blocked on your PC.
Solution 2 – Reinstall the problematic app
If you get the message that a specific publisher is blocked, sometimes you can fix it simply by reinstalling the problem app. For this, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- Navigate to the System section .
- Now navigate to the Apps & features section , select the problematic app from the list and click Uninstall .
You can also use Programs and Features to uninstall applications. For this, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter programs . Choose Programs and Features from the menu.
- A list of installed applications will appear. Double click on the problematic application to remove it.
After uninstalling the problem app, try installing it again and see if this solves the problem.
Solution 3 – Download the application from a different source
If you can’t install an app because the editor is locked, you can try downloading it from another source. Make sure to download the app from the original source. If this doesn’t work, try downloading the app from a third-party source and see if this solves the problem.
Solution 4 – Check if the editor is blocked
Sometimes these kinds of problems can occur if the editor is locked on your PC. If you have manually blocked a certain publisher, it will appear in Internet Options. To check if a certain editor is blocked, do the following:
- Press Windows Key + S and enter Internet options . Select Internet Options from the list of results.
- Go to the Content tab and click on the Certificates button .
- Click the right arrow in the Certificates window and go to the Rogue Publishers tab . Select the publisher you want to unlock from the list and click the Remove button.
- Save your changes and see if the problem is resolved.
As you can see, this is a simple solution, but it only works if an editor is locked manually.
Solution 5 – Restart Internet Explorer
According to users, sometimes the problem with blocked editors can be fixed simply by resetting Internet Explorer to its default value. For this, follow these steps:
- Open the Internet Options window .
- Navigate to the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button .
- Check the Delete personal settings option if you want and click the Reset button .
- After Internet Explorer resets to its default value, check to see if the problem still appears.
Solution 6 – Unlock the file manually
According to users, you can unlock an editor simply by changing the properties of the files. Many locked files have an unlock option that you should check if you want to run them. For this, follow these steps:
- Right-click the setup file that you cannot run. Choose Properties from the menu.
- Go to the General tab and in the Attributes section, you should see the Unlock option . Check the Unlock option and click Apply and OK to save the changes.
- After doing this, try running the setup file again.
Solution 7 – Check the certificate and download the file again
Many developers use digital certificates to protect their software from tampering. However, if the certificate has expired, you may have trouble installing the application. Also, if the certificate has expired, Windows will lock the publisher to protect you. To check the status of the certificate, you must do the following:
- Locate the problematic configuration file. Right-click and select Properties from the menu.
- Navigate to the Digital Signatures tab and click the Details button .
- On the General tab click the View Certificate button.
- Look for the Valid from field and check if your certificate is still valid.
If the certificate has expired, you will need to download the installation file again and install the application using that file.
Solution 8 – Try using a different web browser
Few users reported that the publisher blocked the message while trying to install a certain application. According to them, you can fix the problem simply by downloading the installation file again using a different browser. Users reported that their editor was blocked after using Internet Explorer to download files. To fix the problem, open Microsoft Edge or any other web browser and try downloading the file again. Once done, run the setup file and see if the problem is resolved.
Solution 9 – Make sure you download the latest version
Several users reported that they had this problem when installing a certain driver on their PC. According to them, the driver was not the latest and it was not fully compatible with Windows 10, which was causing this problem. To fix the problem, make sure you are downloading the latest version of the software you are trying to install. Doing so will ensure that most compatibility issues do not occur.
Solution 10 – Use Task Manager
The Task Manager is a useful tool that can close any application or disable startup items. However, you can also use the Task Manager to start any application on your PC. Few users also reported that they fixed the editor stuck issue on their PC simply by running the setup file from Task Manager. To do this, you must follow these steps:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start Task Manager .
- When Task Manager opens , click the File menu and select Run New Task .
- Check the Create this task with administrative privileges box and click the Browse button .
- Find the problematic installation file.
- After doing this, click the OK button or hit Enter to run it.
We have to mention that this is not a permanent solution, so you will have to repeat it every time you encounter this problem.
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Few users reported that they managed to fix this problem simply by using a hidden administrator account to install the application. This account is hidden by default, but you can enable it by following these steps:
- Open Command Prompt as administrator.
- When Command Prompt opens , enter net user administrator / active: yes and press Enter .
- Disconnect from your checking account and log into the administrator account.
- Try to install the application again using the administrator account.
If the process was successful, go back to your main account and check if the application is working properly. If so, open Command Prompt as administrator and enter net user administrator / active: no . Press Enter to deactivate the administrator account. We have to mention that this is not a permanent solution, so you will have to install other applications using this method.
Solution 12 – Change Group Policy and use File Unsigner
If certain applications hang, you might be able to fix this problem by changing Group Policy settings. For this, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc . Click OK or press Enter .
- When Group Policy Editor opens, navigate in the left pane to User Configuration> Administrative Templates> Windows Components> Attachment Manager . In the right pane, double-click Include List for Low File Types .
- Select the Enabled option and in the Options sections , add .exe . Now click Apply and OK .
- Download FileUnsigner .
- Open the compressed file and extract all the files. Note that you will need a WinRAR or any other tool that can open .rar files.
- Now locate the installation file and drag and drop it onto the FileUnsigner icon. If the process was successful, a command prompt message will appear stating that the file was not signed successfully.
- After that, just double-click the setup file to launch it and it should work without a hitch.
Solution 13 – Disable SmartScreen Filter
SmartScreen is a useful feature that can protect you from malicious websites and files, but it can also prevent certain applications from running. To fix the issue with blocked editors, you may have to disable SmartScreen. To do it in Windows 10, follow these simple steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and select Control Panel from the list.
- When Control Panel opens , click Security and Maintenance .
- Security and Maintenance . Click Change Windows SmartScreen Settings in the left pane.
- Select Do nothing (turn off Windows SmartScreen) and click OK .
After turning off SmartScreen, try installing the application again. Disabling SmartScreen may slightly affect your security, but if you have an antivirus you shouldn’t have a problem.
Solution 14 – Temporarily disable your firewall
The firewall is important because it can prevent certain applications from accessing the Internet. However, sometimes Windows Firewall can interfere with certain applications and cause this problem. If you are having trouble installing applications because their editor is blocked, you may want to try disabling the firewall temporarily. To do the….