How to run programs “as administrator”

Microsoft | Aug 12, 2016 | Master3395

Some of our Windows 10 tips involve tweaking the Registry (for example, this tip on how to get rid of default cloud service icons in File Explorer) or running a few lines of code in the Command Prompt or the Windows PowerShell.

If you're beyond basic Windows 10 customization -- and comfortable working in the Registry or the Command Prompt -- you've probably noticed that you can't run programs as an administrator by default. Instead, you have to right-click on the shortcut in the Start menu, click Run as administrator, and then click Yes when the User Account Control (UAC) window pops up. This is the case even if you have an administrator's account. It's a minor inconvenience, but if you're in the middle of adjusting your system, it can get pretty annoying.

Step 1: Open the Start menu and click All apps. Find the program you want to always run in administrator mode and right-click on the shortcut. In the pop-up menu, click Open file location. Only desktop programs (not native Windows 10 apps) will have this option.

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Step 2: A File Explorer window will open to the location of the program you want to access. Right-click on the program and click Properties from the pop-up menu.

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Step 3: In the Properties window, click the Shortcut tab and then click Advanced...

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Step 4: In the Advanced Properties window, check the box next to Run as administrator and click OK.

Step 5: The program will now open in administrator mode when you click the shortcut from the Start menu. You'll need to repeat these steps for each program you want to have this feature.

Pretty simple, right? There is a way to set all programs to always run in administrator mode without changing the properties for each individual app, but it's better to start slow (and it involves a Registry edit), so maybe we'll tackle that next week.

Here's how to set a program to always run in administrator mode, so you don't have to go through the UAC warning every time you want to use the Run command box. Remember -- the UAC warning is there to keep you from inadvertently making big changes to your system, so it's important that you only apply this tip to programs you're completely comfortable using.

You can disable User Account Control (UAC) entirely from the control panel; this will mean allprograms (installed, downloaded, background, everything) will effectively run with the privileges you currently have to grant manually (via UAC pop-up or compatibility settings).

I think this is what you are asking for?

However, I highly recommend against doing this; it lowers the security of your entire system by allowing any program to modify your system.

In Windows 7 you can adjust the level of UAC to suit your needs. In descending order of strength, the settings for Win7 are:

  • Always notify UAC pop-up for changing certain Windows settings and for programs that require elevated rights.
  • Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer doesn't request permissions when changing Windows settings, they are granted automatically. Programs still require using a UAC pop-up.
  • Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop) As above, but screen is not dimmed. Potentially leaving the UAC pop-up windows open to manipulation by other software.
  • Never notify (I suspect this is what you are after, but please reconsider!) If logged on as an admin-level user everything is automatically given elevated permissions. If you are logged on as a standard-level user, anything that requires elevated permissions will automatically be denied (with no opportunity to enter a password in a UAC pop-up).

 

Keywords: microsoft, windows10, administrator

Author: Master3395

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