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Run As Administrator

The purpose of an administrator role is to allow changes to certain aspects of your operating system that might otherwise become damaged by accident (or through malicious action) by a normal user account.

Run as Administrator


So when you run an app as an administrator, it means you are giving the app special permissions to access restricted parts of your Windows 10 system that would otherwise be off-limits. This brings potential dangers, but it is also sometimes necessary for certain programs to work correctly.

On Windows 10, the ability to run an app as administrator is an essential skill that every user should know because, by design, apps operate in user mode to prevent potential unwanted system changes that may negatively affect the experience. However, sometimes, some trusted programs may require elevated permissions to work as intended, and knowing the steps to run them with appropriate permissions will come in handy.

The Adobe Captivate demonstration below illustrates how to run a program once as an administrator. For more information about viewing this demo, see Viewing Adobe Captivate Demos in Knowledgebase Documents (kb403894).

The Adobe Captivate demonstration below illustrates how to permanently run a program as an administrator. For more information about viewing this demo, see Viewing Adobe Captivate Demos in Knowledgebase Documents (kb403894).

As a TechSpot reader you've surely opened software as an admin on Windows before -- maybe as recently as today -- so the function probably isn't foreign to you. However, we were curious to know more about what happens under the hood of Windows when you tell the operating system to run a program as an administrator, and why this process is necessary in the first place.

Although Microsoft recommends against running programs as an administrator and giving them high integrity access without a good reason, new data must be written to Program Files for an application to be installed which will always require admin access with UAC enabled, while software such as AutoHotkey scripts will often need elevated status to function properly.

This will usually provide access to all the potential features the software has to offer, including some which require access to files stored on your PC. The process for running a program or application as an administrator is simple in Windows 10, although you might not want to do it all the time.

Go to C:/Windows/System32 and duplicate cmd.exe and rename it to let's saj cmda.exe and add atributes to "Run as administrator". So when Win+R, you type cmda (cmd + admin :D) you'll get uac prompt.

With powershell, any program can be run as administrator by running Start-Process command followed by the name of the program and Verb runAs to activate the UAC prompt. you can execute powershell commands right from run box so to get something like an adminstrator command prompt, you can write

When I run this through the command prompt, my testscript is running successfully. I want to run it as administrator (as if I have created a desktop shortcut and run as administrator. It shouldn't prompt for any username or password).

However, in some cases, you may need elevated privileges to access some of the more advanced features and capabilities of Task Manager. In this article, you will find a detailed tutorial on how to run Task Manager as an administrator in Windows 11.

In Windows 11, you can also open Task Manager with administrator privileges from the Control Panel. It's one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to accomplish this. Here are the steps you need to take:

Now your shortcut will automatically run your program in administrator mode without any extra steps or without asking for special permission. The only thing that can get in your way now is the Windows 7 UAC which is simple to adjust.

Windows 10, like all Windows versions since Windows Vista, includes User Account Control or UAC which limits the user's rights even if he is a member of the Administrators group so that malicious apps or malware can't make unauthorized changes to your PC. However, there are a number of older desktop apps which don't work properly in Windows 10 unless they are run as administrator. Some users prefer to disable UAC entirely in Windows 10, but this is a bad idea from a security standpoint. Besides, when you disable UAC, you lose the ability to run Modern apps. The right way is to run certain apps as Administrator as and when it is required. Let me show you all the ways in which you can run desktop apps as administrator.

Permanent admin shortcut. In case you need to always run the application as administrator, you can modify or create a shortcut which will start it always elevated. Right click the shortcut, open its properties and make sure you are on the Shortcut tab. There, click the Advanced button.

Once you have set your application to always run elevated, you might realize that UAC requests get annoying. Do not turn off UAC in this case. Instead, you can bypass the UAC prompt without disabling it. See how it can be done here: Open any program as administrator without UAC prompt.

In some cases, an operating system may not give a PC game or other program the necessary permissions to work as it should. This might result in the game not starting or running properly, or not being able to keep saved game progress. Enabling the option to run the game as administrator may help.

Running a game as administrator is one of several troubleshooting steps you can take and will not help in all cases. If your game is crashing, freezing, or having display problems please visit the Game crashing, freezing, or blank screen help article.

Windows 7 64bitFor some reason dropbox doesn't start with startup anymore because it needs administrator rights to start. If I try running the app normally without administrator rights, nothing happens, I see the cursor change to waiting for a few secs and then nothing. But if I right click and "run as administrator" it runs fine. This means dropbox can't run on startup. Any reason for this?

Thank you: I've tried compatibility with Windows 7, but I got the same result. The only thing that works so far is launching it as an administrator (which I already am, so this shouldn't be necessary). Dropbox has always worked very well and I don't understand why it's not working any more. Can you think of something else I can try?

Hey this may help I have the same problem running Windows 8.1 64bit. Try locating the .EXE file for me it was C:\Users\"your user name"\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin (you may need to show hidden files) right click the dropbox.exe file select the properties. Then on the tabs at the top select the Compatibility tab. You should see "Setting" with options under it. There is a box with run as administrator tick the box then hit apply and that should help.

I have the sale problem on a clean install of Windows 8.1 64-bit directly from Microsoft and using the latest web installer from Dropbox. Even after flagging the dropbox.exe to run as administrator in my AppData roaming folder, it will not auto-start on log in.

The Run Command Window is a powerful tool that lets you run programs without searching for them using the SearchBar, Start Menu or File Explorer. To run PowerShell as administrator via the Run command window:

Task Manager is a tool that lets you monitor or end a process of the programs and services that are currently running on your computer. You can also use it to execute a task such as running PowerShell as administrator manually.

Task Scheduler is a built-in app on Windows 10 that lets you virtually run automated tasks. Hence, you can also use it to create a task that runs PowerShell as administrator each time you logon to your computer, for example.

If the issue persists, create a new administrator profile to resolve the problem. After using the new administrator account to launch the game, you will be able to use your normal Windows login to play.

An administrator is someone who can make changes on a computer that will affect other users of the computer. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, access all files on the computer, and make changes to other user accounts. To log on as an administrator, you need to have a user account on the computer with an Administrator account type.

If you are not sure if the account that you have on the computer is an administrator account, you can check the account type after you have logged on. The steps that you should follow will vary, depending on whether your computer is on a domain or a workgroup.

Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts, clicking User Accounts, and then clicking Manage User Accounts . If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.Your user name is highlighted and your account type is shown in the Group column.

If your account type is not Administrator, then you cannot log on as an administrator unless you know the user name password for another account on the computer that is an administrator. If you are not an administrator, you can ask an administrator to change your account type.

If you want to use Stream Deck to control apps running with administrator privileges in Windows 10 some tweaking is required. This because the streamdeck.exe also needs to run with administrator privileges. As no --admin command line option or such is available, another solution is needed.

A typical user can do most things in Visual Studio. However, there are some operations that require administrator permissions. A Sitecore developer will need to perform some operations that need administrator permissions. 041b061a72


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