Event Viewer logging “Application SID does not match Conductor SID..” is usually caused by lack of permissions and the best solution is to take ownership. Besides that, you should change account type, repair apps, uninstall and reinstall apps, etc. You don’t know your way around Windows and could use some help? In that case, you have come to the right place.
The Usual Suspects
If you notice the entry “Application SID does not match Conductor SID..” Event Viewer, it’s possible that you don’t have the permissions to use the item mentioned in the entry. Unless you take action, you would have a hard time using the mentioned app in times of need.
As time passes by, it’s not uncommon for Windows items to become corrupted which leads to a lot of issues. Hence, regarding “Application SID does not match Conductor SID..”, you should give corruption some thought.
Actions To Take
In the case that you cannot access items due to the lack of permissions, all you have to do is to take ownership. To take ownership of an item, go through the steps down below:
- Step 1: Right-click the item mentioned in the Event Viewer entry then pick Properties.
- Step 2: Go to Security tab, select Advanced and choose Change next to Owner.
- Step 3: Click Advanced, pick Find Now and highlight your username.
- Step 4: Hit OK two times.
- Step 5: Check the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects checkbox, select Apply and choose OK.
Change Account Type
On Windows, the administrator account possesses permissions to manage all items. That means if you change your account type, you could manipulate items to your liking.
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Accounts and choose Family & other users.
- Step 2: Under Other users, click your user account and pick Change account type.
- Step 3: Under Account type, select Administrator and choose OK.
- Step 4: After you finish, restart your computer.
- Step 5: When the screen comes back on, log into your user account and see how things turn out.
For your information, you could fix corrupted items on Windows using the Repair feature. If the process ends in success, you should be able to access the items like usual.
- Step 1: Go to the Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter.
- Step 2: Change View by to Large icons then hit Programs and Features.
- Step 3: Locate the item mentioned in the Event Viewer entry, right-click it and pick Change.
- Step 4: Hit Repair then follow onscreen instructions.
- Step 5: After you finish, restart your computer and determine whether the issue persists.
Uninstall And Reinstall
None of the above works? In that case, you have no choice but to uninstall and reinstall the item. The process would wipe out all traces of corruption and bring the item back to normal.
- Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Control Panel and press Enter.
- Step 2: In Control Panel, change View by to Category then hit Uninstall a program under Program.
- Step 3: Locate the item mentioned in the Event Viewer entry, right-click it and pick Uninstall.
- Step 4: Follow onscreen instructions to complete the installation then restart your computer.
- Step 5: Reinstall the item.
Is it safe to run Windows applications as an administrator?
Many Windows applications require administrator privileges to work as expected. That could sometimes pose a security risk as malicious programs could wreak havoc on your PC if you grant them administrator permissions. That being said, it’s ok to run reputable apps as an administrator.
Can I have more than one Administrator account on my PC?
You can have multiple accounts with administrator privileges in Windows 10. However, only one of the accounts could be named Administrator.
As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.