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Published on 05.29.06 by Brent Trahan

Using the Run as Command

There is a way to perform administrative tasks with a user that only has user rights. As long as you know the administrators password or a user who has administrative privileges username and password you can use the run as command to perform administrative tasks. What is the Run as command? The run as command […]

There is a way to perform administrative tasks with a user that only has user rights. As long as you know the administrators password or a user who has administrative privileges username and password you can use the run as command to perform administrative tasks.

What is the Run as command?

The run as command is a way to quickly and easily perform an administrative task like changing the time or installing software on a computer that has a user logged on that doesn’t have administrative privileges.

How do I use the Run as command?

The run as command can be used by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard and while holding down the Shift key right click a program, installation file, or an icon in the control panel and select run as.

Please note: If the run as command doesn’t show up try holding down the Ctrl key and right click the file or shortcut.

Once you click run as a window similar to the one shown below will popup.

Click on “The following user” and either use the Administrator account as the user name or drop down the box and select another user with administrative privileges. Type that users password and click OK.

If everything went well the program will open like nothing ever happened. If it didn’t work you’ll get an error and the program won’t open.

Now that the program is open as a different user (with administrative privileges) you can change settings, install software, and so on while being logged on as a user without administrative privileges.

You can also use this command to access folders the user currently logged on doesn’t have rights to by using the run as command on the folder.

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