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Can you initiate an update from withing SecurityCenter or from right-clicking the desktop taskbar icon and selecting Updates? That may fix it.
Otherwise try running the Virtual Technician to see if it fixes any proiblems: http://mvt.mcafee.com/
Yes Windows 8 can have youj logged in as an Administrator level user but there is still one higher level, the actual Administrator which some transactions will need authority from. This is basically the UAC that started with Windows Vista and is for security purposes.
See this tutorial for hints: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/9564-run-administrator-windows-8-a.html
If all ther above are no help then I suggest you uninstall everything McAfee via Controlo Panel > Programs and Features
Then run the MCPR cleanup tool and reboot.
Then reinstall from your online account. This could be at https://home.mcafee.com/secure/protected/login.aspx?rfhs=1 or https://home.mcafee.com/Secure/Protected/Login.aspx?affid=105%20&culture=en-US depending on where it's from.
I forgot to add if you have McAfee/Intel Anti-Theft installed you must contact Technical Support for uninstallation insturctions. They are free to call and are linked under Useful Links at the top of this page.
Try the below steps and let me know the Outcome.
Open McAfee UI > Navigation (top right) > General Settings and Alerts > Access Protection > Uncheck > Click Apply. Close User Interface.
Open Run dialog (Win+R) > type "services.msc" without Quotes > Click OK
Navigate to McAfee Scanner Service on the right pane. > Double click to Open > Click "Restart" to restart the Service > Set it to Automatic and click OK.
Re-enable Access Protection.
I tried pc_selvan's technique first (it seemed less methodical but more compact), and it worked. Thanks alot!
Ex_Brit, thanks for the thorough answer and the "actual Administrator" explanation!
Glad you are OK now.