How to Run as Administrator

How to Run as Administrator

Over the years, Microsoft has improved the security of Windows by restricting the default permissions that some applications run with. Many applications will prompt you if they require elevated privileges, but sometimes if you get an access denied or permission error (or are using older software) you may need to run it with administrative permissions.

By far the easiest way to run software as an administrator is to right click the shortcut or application executable and select Run as Administrator from the context menu. Here are two examples - the first being a desktop shortcut and the second is a start menu entry:



Once you have clicked this option, you'll be presented with a dialog box that asks "Do you want to allow this application to make changes to your PC?". Click Yes to run the application as an administrator.

If you would like to run an application as an administrator on a regular basis, you may be able to use the compatibility mode tool to force this permission each time. To do this, please follow our Compatibility Mode tutorial and be sure to tick "Run this program as an administrator".

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