How to make Program always Run as Administrator in Windows 10/8/7

In Windows 10/8/7, to run a program, you normally right-click the icon and select Run as Administrator. Next you give your consent to the UAC prompt. While you can do the same in Windows 8 too, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 gives you another easy way. You can launch programs directly from the Start screen, using administrator permissions. Right-click the program tile and in the menu bar that appears at the bottom, select Run as Administrator.

If you would like some programs to always Run as Administrator, you can configure them so. Using this tip, you can force or make applications always Run as Administrator and to always start or run a program or software in Administrator Mode.

Make Program Run as Administrator

To do so, right the program icon or the shortcut of the application and open the Properties box. Click the Compatibility tab.

Here, select the Run this program as an administrator box. Click Apply > OK. This will apply the setting to the current user only.

Make applications always Run as Administrator

But if you’d like to apply the ‘always Run as Administrator’ setting to all users, then click Change setting for all users. This will open another dialog box. Again select Run this program as an administrator check box. Click Apply / OK.

This is also useful for resolving compatibility issues with legacy applications that require administrator privileges.

If you wish, you can also autostart Programs as Administrator.

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  1. Rob Cristoph

    On Windows 8 I think this should be as follows:-

    In Windows 8, you have to right-click the exe and select “Troubleshoot compatibility”.

    select “Troubleshoot program”

    check “The program requires additional permissions”

    Click “Next”, click “Test the program…”

    wait for the program to launch

    click “Next”

    select “Yes, save these settings for this program”

  2. maynak00

    I have too much programs and this method not easy for more than 1 applications. I need easy way ?? (without disable UAC on win8;because, if UAC disabled, metro apps stop)

  3. MrMe

    How to make an application always run as administrator. I mean, even if I copy it to another pc or laptop. cuz, I’ve been experiencing this problem lately. I even tried to make the application read only, but after I copied the file to another pc, the properties changed.

  4. guest

    This simply doesn’t work on my computer in Windows 7. You need administrator privileges to grant administrator privileges. I am the owner and the only administrator of my computer and Windows 7 is not giving me the opportunity to run anything as an administrator. There is no context menu option and all the boxes I could tick are greyed out. I know I’m not the only person in this situation – I do wish someone would come up with a simple app to override this glitch.

  5. Gerard McHugh

    Try this

    To enable the built-in administrator account, follow these steps:
    Click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, and then press Enter.

    Note If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.
    In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
    When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
    At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press Enter.
    Type net user administrator , and then press Enter.

    Note In this command, represents the actual password that you want to set for the administrator account.
    Type exit, and then press Enter.
    Log off the current user account.

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