How to Run a Program as Administrator

From time to time, you may run into the problem that a program you have installed as an administrator will not run as a non-admin.

Some of the problems that you are likely to experience are:

  • When users try and install software on their machine, the install will usually fail with an error of some sort.
  • When users try to adjust the Date and Time in Control Panel, they get a dialog box saying they don’t have sufficient privileges to do so.
  • When users try and configure Power Options in Control Panel, they can change the setting in the GUI but when they click OK to apply changes they get an Access Denied message.
  • When users want to share a folder on their machine so another user can access their files, they can’t because there is no Share tab on the properties sheet for the folder they want to share.

Some  programs will need to run in administrator mode for them to function properly. And it may be  hard to remember which of those programs should run in administrator mode in order to utilize all of the  features. To avoid this, you can make any programs to run always in administrator mode without the need to every time right-click on the program and then choose “Run as administrator”.

But if you install the program for others to use, and you don’t want to give them Admin rights or privileges, how do you do this? Try these simple steps. Click start, and select the program that you want to run with admin privileges.

Select Properties from a Program

Next select the compatibility tab.

Compatability - Privilege Level

Select the privilege level. Click Apply and OK. This program will now run under the administrator account, without having given the user any special privleges or rights.

Troubleshooting and administrative maintenance will not be needed in this case, and the admin also does not need to keep tabs on which programs are running under the “run as” operation.

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7 Responses to How to Run a Program as Administrator

  1. Mustafa Mohamed June 17, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    A handy keyboard shortcut I like to use to run a program as an administrator is to press: CTRL + Shift + Enter when selecting it.

    • Omoronovo June 17, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

      Indeed, but that only applies if you are already a member of the Administrators account (as you already have the privilege then to run programs as an administrator). The method outlined in this article allows even standard users to run applications as an administrator, without them needing to enter any passwords, they’ll simply get the standard UAC dialogue box.

      • Mustafa Mohamed June 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

        Aha… I usually forget the fact that there are standard users because I don’t come across it often. This method makes life easier because you don’t have to remember which applications should be run with administrator privileges and which don’t. Just set it once and it should run every time as an admin.

  2. Campby35 June 17, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Do you think running Word 2010 as an Adminstrator would resolve the issues about the inability of Word 2010 et al for Preview to work when selecting a file in the Open dialog window?

  3. informasi teknologi November 29, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    Thanks for sharing, For your tutorial

  4. Rony March 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi! you can also use runasspc:

  5. powerbiz May 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    How does one remove this. After I did this, the program now constantly prompts, even though I have removed the tick.

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