There are times when some applications require administrator permissions in order to work or to run specific commands. Luckily, both Windows 7 and Windows 8 provide many ways you can use to run programs as administrator. We found 5 methods and if you know others, you are welcome to share them.
How to Run a Program as Administrator from the Windows 8 Start Screen
If you are using Windows 8, there’s a quick way to launch programs directly from the Start screen, using administrator permissions.
Find the shortcut of the program you want to launch and right click on it. On a device with touch, press and hold while moving slightly downwards. This brings up the contextual menu on the bottom of the Start screen.
One of the options available to you is Run as administrator. Click or tap on it and the selected program will be launched. Before it is allowed to run, an UAC (User Account Control) prompt is shown, asking your approval.
If you run the application from an account with no administrator permissions, the UAC prompt will ask you to enter the administrator password. If you don’t provide the password, the program will not be launched.
NOTE: Modern Windows 8 apps, installed from the Store cannot be run with administrator permissions. Only desktop applications can run with such permissions. To learn more about the difference between apps and desktop applications, read this article: What is a Windows 8 App? How is it Different from a Desktop Application?.
How to Run a Program as Administrator from the Desktop or File/Windows Explorer
If you are on the Desktop or in File Explorer (in Windows 8) or Windows Explorer (in Windows 7), there is another way to run any program as administrator.
First, find the program you want to run and its main executable or shortcut. Then, right click on it (or press and hold) to view the right-click menu. Click or tap Run as administrator.
A UAC prompt is shown, asking for your approval. If you approve the program, it is launched with administrator permissions.
How to Always Run a Program with Administrator Permissions
What if you want to have a program always run with administrator permissions? That can be done too.
First, find the program you want to run and its shortcut or main executable. Then, right click on it (or press and hold) to view the right-click menu. Click or tap Properties.
In the Properties window, go to the Compatibility tab. At the bottom, check the box that says "Run this program as administrator" and click or tap OK.
This setting is now applied and the program is always run as administrator. You will notice that its icon is changed and now includes an UAC indicator on the bottom right corner, to show that an UAC prompt is always shown before running the program.
If you choose to edit the properties of a shortcut to that program, instead of its main executable, there’s another method you can use. In the shortcut’s Properties window, on the Shortcut tab, click or tap the Advanced button. The Advanced Properties window is opened.
Check the box that says "Run as administrator" and click or tap OK. Then, click or tap OK again, in the Properties window.
How to Run a Program with Administrator Permissions & Without a UAC Prompt
If you need to run a program with administrator permissions but you don’t want an go through the UAC (User Account Control) prompt every time you use it, you can do that too, without having to disable UAC and compromise the security of your system.
This can be done using the Task Scheduler in Windows. A detailed step by step procedure can be found here: Use the Task Scheduler to Launch Programs Without UAC Prompts.
Luckily, you won’t have to run many programs as administrator. But when you do, this guide will be useful to you. If you have discovered other methods and tips, don’t hesitate to share them with everyone, using the comments form below.