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Windows 8 Run as Administrator

How to Run a Program as Administrator in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information

If a program you are trying to run is giving you an Access Denied or No Permission type of error, then running it as an administrator can usually give the program the permission it needs to run properly.

This tutorial will show you how to have a program Run as Administrator with full unrestricted elevated rights and privileges in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

The "Run as administrator" option is not available for Metro Store apps. "Run as administrator" is only available for desktop apps (programs).

Note   Note
Depending on what the UAC settings are set to, an administrator user may or may not be prompted first by UAC to allow or deny the program to "Run as administrator" (elevated).

Standard user will not be able to run an elevated program without getting a UAC prompt to first enter an administrator's password to be allowed to. 

warning   Warning
You should only allow a shortcut or program that you trust to "run as administrator" since it will have full unrestricted access to everything on your computer until closed. This can be very bad if the program is malware.

 OPTION ONE 

 
To "Run as administrator" from Context Menu


NOTE: This option will only temporarily run the program as an administrator until closed.


1.
 From the desktop or in Windows Explorer, right click or press and hold on a program's shortcut or an EXE,BATCMDVBS, or MSI file, and click/tap on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)

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2. 
See the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.



 OPTION TWO 

 
To "Run as administrator" from Start or Apps Screen


NOTE: This option will only temporarily run the program as an administrator until closed.


1.
 From the Start or Apps screen, do either step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. Using the Application Bar

A) Right click or press and hold on a single program to check it, and click/tap on Run as administratorin the application bar at the bottom. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: This is not available with Metro Store apps. You can only have one item selected (checked) for this to work.

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B) Go to step 4 below.

3. Using Keyboard Shortcut

A) Use the arrow keys to select a program, then press and hold CTRL + SHIFT keys. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: This will not work with Metro Store apps. 

B) Either press Enter or click/tap on the program, and release the CTRL + SHIFT keys. (see screenshots below)

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C) Go to step 4 below.

4. See the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.


 OPTION THREE 

 
To "Run as administrator" from Pinned Program on Taskbar


NOTE: This option will only temporarily run the program as an administrator until closed.


1.
 Right click or press and hold on the icon of the pinned program on the taskbar to open it's Jump List. (see screenshot below)

2. In the Jump List, right click or press and hold on the program's name, and click/tap on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)

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 OPTION FOUR 

 
To "Run as administrator" from Search Apps


NOTE: This option will only temporarily run the program as an administrator until closed.


1. From the Search Apps screen, type the name of the program (ex: ccleaner) that you want to run as administrator, and do either step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. Using the Application Bar
A) Right click or press and hold on a single program to check it, and click/tap on Run as administratorin the application bar at the bottom. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This is not available with Metro Store apps. You can only have one item selected (checked) for this to work.

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B) Go to step 4 below.

3. Using Keyboard Shortcut

A) Use the arrow keys to select a program, then press and hold CTRL + SHIFT keys. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This will not work with Metro Store apps. 

B) Either press Enter or click/tap on the program, and release the CTRL + SHIFT keys. (see screenshot below)

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C) Go to step 4 below.

4. See the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.







 OPTION FIVE 
 
To Set "Run as administrator" in Compatibilty Mode Properties


NOTE: This option will have the program set to either always or not run as an administrator when opened for only your account or all users.


1.
 From the desktop or in Windows Explorer, right click or press and hold on a program's shortcut or an EXEfile, and click/tap on the Compatibility tab. 

2. Do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshots below)

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3. To Set "Run as administrator" Privilege Level For Only Your Account

A) Go to step 5 below.

4. To Set "Run as administrator" Privilege Level For All Users

A) Click/tap on the Change settings for all users button. (see top screenshot below step 2)

B) If prompted by UAC, then see the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.


5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.


6. To Always Run this Program as an Administrator

A) Check the Run this program as an administrator box, click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below step 2)

B) If you did step 4, then click/tap on OK. (see top screenshot below step 2)

C) Go to step 8 below.

7. To Not Always Run this Program as an Administrator

A) Uncheck the Run this program as an administrator box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below step 2)

B) If you did step 4, then click/tap on OK. (see top screenshot below step 2)

C) Go to step 8 below.

8. Open the program, and see the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.








 OPTION SIX 
 
To Set "Run as administrator" in Advanced Shortcut Properties


NOTE: This option will show you how to have only this specific shortcut of a program to always or not run as an administrator when you open it, and not from any other shortcut or .exe of the program.


1. From the desktop or in Windows Explorer, right click or press and hold on a shortcut, and click/tap onProperties

2. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, click/tap on the Advanced button, and do either step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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3. To Always Run this Specific Shortcut as an Administrator

A) Check the Run as administrator box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 4)

4. To Not Always Run this Specific Shortcut as an Administrator

A) Uncheck the Run as administrator box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 2)

6. Open the program, and see the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.







 OPTION SEVEN 
 
To Set "Run as administrator" in Registry Editor


NOTE: This option will have the program set to either always or not run as an administrator when opened for only your account or all users.



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2. When finished, open the program, and see the blue NOTE box at top of tutorial.






 OPTION EIGHT 
 
To "Run as administrator" in Task Manager

1. 
Open Task Manager with more details.

2. Click/tap on File (menu bar), and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

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3. Type the name of the program (ex: PowerShell) or browse to and select the program's .exe file or shortcut, check the Create this task with administrative privileges box, and click/tap on OK.

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