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How to Run an App as Administrator in Windows 10

Some legitimate applications require a full administrator access token to perform their functions or tasks. This guide will show you several ways to have an application Run as administrator with full unrestricted elevated rights in Windows 10.

Note that Run as administrator option is only available for desktop apps.

How to Run as Administrator using File Explore Context Menu

This is the best way to run an application as Administrator. You must be signed in as administrator or provide the credentials of a member of the local Administrators group to Run as administrator.

Option 1

Right click its executable file or shortcut in the Start menu/Start screen and pick Run as Administrator from the context menu.

Run as Administrator using Context Menu

Option 2

Step 1: Locate the program icon or a shortcut in Windows Explorer.

Step 2: Right-click the program icon or shortcut, and then click Run as administrator.

Run as Administrator using File Explore Context Menu

Step 3:When the UAC message is displayed, do one of the following:

  • If you are logged on as a standard user, or if UAC is configured to always require credentials, enter the appropriate administrative credentials, and then click OK.
  • If you are logged on as an administrator and UAC is not configured to always require credentials, click Yes to start the application.

Run a program with administrative privileges 

How to Run as Administrator using Keyboard Shortcut

If you have pinned an application to the Start Menu or Taskbar, you can easily open it as administrator using keyboard shortcuts.

Step 1: Select an app or program(ex: Windows PowerShell) to highlight it.

Step 2: Press and hold the Ctrl+Shift keys. Press Enter or click on the app.

Run Windows PowerShell as Administrator

Step 3: Release the CTRL + Shift keys. Windows PowerShell(Admin) is popping up.

run Windows PowerShell as Adminstrator

How to Run as Administrator in File Explorer Ribbon

Step 1: Open the location of application in File Explorer.

Open file location

Step 2: Select the program or app in question. Then click on the Application Tools Manage tab, and then click on the top half of the Run as administrator button in the ribbon.

Run the selected program with full admin right

How to Run as Administrator in Task Manager

Step 1: Open Task Manager in more details view.

Press Win+X, and T key. If it opens in mini mode, click on More details button..

Open Task Manager in more details view

Step 2: Click on File > Run new task.

Run new task

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

Create task with administrative privileges

If you like, you can quickly run Command Prompt as Administrator using WinX keyboard shortcuts. Here is how to do: Press Windows logo + X shortcut keys, then hit A key on the keyboard.

Run command prompt as admin

How to Run a Program as Administrator in Shortcut Advanced Properties

Step 1: Right-click on the shortcut of an app on your desktop or in File Explorer, and then click on Properties in the context menu. In the Shortcut tab, and click on the Advanced button.

Shortcut Advanced Properties

Step 2: Do one of the following options for what you would like to do:

  • To always run shortcut as administrator when opened: Check the Run as administrator box, click on OK.
  • To not always run Shortcut as administrator when opened: Uncheck the Run as administrator box, click on OK.

Run as Administrator in Advanced Properties

How to Run as Administrator in Compatibility Properties

Step 1: Right-click on the shortcut of an app on your desktop or in File Explorer, and then click on Properties in the context menu. Then click on the Compatibility tab.

Open program or app Properties

Step 2: To set "Run as administrator" privilege level for app for only your account.

In the Settings section, check the Run this program as an administrator box, and click on OK.

Compatibility Properties

Note: If the Run this program as an administrator setting is grayed out, then you will need to set "Run as administrator" privilege level for app for all users.

To do: Click on the Change settings for all users button.

Change settings for all users

In the Settings section, check the Run this program as an administrator box, and click on OK.

Run this program as an administrator

Learn more ways to make a program always automatically run as administrator in Windows 10.