In Windows 11/10/8/7 you can perform both actions – Run as an Administrator and Run as different user, easily. In this post, we will show you how you can Run a program as a different user.
How to Run as different user in Windows
To Run a program as a different user, simply press the Shift key and right-click on the shortcut or executable you wish to Run as different user.
From the right-click context menu, select Run as different user.
This is useful when you want to use the “Run as” feature to start a program as an administrator, when you are logged on as a member of another group, such as the Users or Power Users Group and so on.
On Windows Server however, Shift+Right-click does not offer the option Run as a different user!
It is offered in Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. It was also offered in Windows XP, but not in Windows Vista.
If you wish you can add this Run as different user command permanently to your regular right-click context menu by downloading and running ShellRunAs from Microsoft.
This RunAs utility is handy for launching programs under different accounts, but it’s not convenient if you’re a heavy Explorer user.