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Run as administrator in Windows 11

Windows runs desktops apps and application files (ex: .bat, .cmd, .exe, .msc, and .msi file types) in user mode by default without elevated administrator rights unless it prompts you with UAC to run elevated.

Windows has standard user and administrator types of user accounts.

Standard User – Standard user accounts are good for everyday usage, and can be a local account or Microsoft account. Standard user accounts can use most apps and change system settings that do not affect other users. If any action that requires elevated rights is attempted while signed in as a standard user, Windows will display a UAC prompt for the password of an administrator for approval. If UAC is set to “Never notify”, then a standard user will automatically be denied the elevated action.

Administrator – Administrator accounts have complete access to the PC and can make any desired changes. Administrators can be a local account or Microsoft account. If any action that requires elevated rights is attempted while signed in as an administrator, Windows will display a UAC prompt for the administrator to confirm (Yes or No) using full administrator rights.

When you use Run as administrator on a desktop app or application file, you are allowing it to run with full administrator access to everything on the computer. This means you are giving it special permissions to access restricted parts of the computer that would otherwise be off-limits. This could be a potential security risk if not a trusted app or application file, but sometimes “Run as administrator” is necessary for a trusted app or application file to run properly if it requires elevated rights for full access.

This tutorial will show you different ways to have a desktop app or application file Run as administrator with elevated rights in Windows 11.

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How to Add Create Elevated Shortcut to New Context Menu in Windows 10

When you open an application file with Run as administrator, you will get a UAC prompt for approval before the app is allowed to run with elevated rights.

In addition, Windows will not allow elevated apps to run at startup by default.

If you want to run an app as administrator (elevated) without getting a UAC prompt or at startup, then you can create an elevated task to run the application as a workaround to do so.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove create an Elevated Shortcut to the New context menu for all users in Windows 10.

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