How To Run Program As Administrator [10 ways!]

Let’s consider several ways to run a program as an administrator in Windows 10 to fix errors: “CreateProcess failed; code 740“, “The requested operation requires elevation“, “Access is denied“, etc. that occur when running programs with limited rights (user, the guest).

By default, programs and games in Windows 10 run without administrator rights to prevent unauthorized changes to your system. But this is a common case when for the program to work correctly, it needs to be run with elevated rights (administrator), to work correctly or to execute certain commands.

⚠️ Attention: to run the program with elevated rights, you need to know the administrator password!

Content

  1. Application Icon
  2. File properties
  3. Start menu (context menu)
  4. Start menu (keyboard shortcut)
  5. Run menu
  6. Explorer Ribbon
  7. Windows Search
  8. Command prompt (CMD)
  9. PowerShell
  10. Batch file

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🇫🇷 – Comment exécuter un programme en tant qu’administrateur
🇩🇪 – So führen Sie ein Programm als Administrator aus
🇳🇱 – Hoe Programma als administrator uitvoeren

🧐 It might be interesting:
1️⃣ 8 Ways to Run Command Prompt as Administrator
2️⃣ 7 Ways to Run PowerShell as Administrator

Application Icon

How to run the program as administrator once, using the program icon:

  1. Right click on the program icon;
  2. Select Run as administrator.
How to run program as administrator

File properties

The method is to always run the program with administrator rights using the File Properties menu.

  1. Right click on the program icon;
  2. Select Properties;
  3. Open the Compatibility tab;
  4. Check the Run this program as an administrator box;
  5. Click OK.
Run the program with administrator rights from File Properties

This setting will allow this program to run continuously with elevated rights for that user only. If you want to allow the program to run with administrator rights for all computer users, in the previous window, click the Change settings for all users button and check the Run this program as an administrator box.

Start menu (context menu)

Run the program with elevated rights using the context menu in the Start menu.

  1. Open the Start menu (Ctrl+ESC);
  2. Find the program icon in the All Programs list;
  3. Right-click on the program icon, select: More -> Run as administrator.
Launching a program from the Start menu is another way to launch an elevated program

In the same way, you can launch App Tiles in Windows 10, 8.

Start menu (keyboard shortcut)

A mouse click and keyboard shortcut in the Start menu is another way to run program as administrator.

  1. Open the Start menu (Ctrl+ESC);
  2. Find the program icon in the All Programs list;
  3. Hold down the Ctrl+Shift keys and click on the program icon.
Keyboard shortcut to run the program as administrator in the Start menu
You can use Ctrl+Shift+Click shortcut on the application tile in the Start menu.

Run menu

The way to run the program with full rights using the Run menu.

  1. Press the Windows+R key combination (or right-click on the Start button and select Run);
  2. Enter the command name or drag the program icon into the Run menu entry window;
  3. Press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
How to run a program as administrator using the Run menu

⭕ If you cannot move the program icon to the Run menu:

  1. Press and hold the Shift button, right-click on the program icon;
  2. Select Copy as path;
  3. Paste from the clipboard into the Run window (press the key combination Ctrl+V).

Explorer Ribbon

An easy way to run any program as administrator is using the Windows 10 Explorer ribbon.

🔔 If the Explorer Ribbon is not displayed in the folder menu, press Ctrl+F1.

  1. Select the program icon in Windows Explorer;
  2. In the folder menu, open the Application Tools tab;
  3. Select Run as administrator.
Run programs using the Windows Explorer Ribbon with administrator rights

You can also run the program with administrator rights using Windows 10 Search.

  1. Press Windows+S (or right-click on the Start button and select Search);
  2. Enter the name of the required program;
  3. On the right side of the window, click Run as administrator.
Use Windows 10 Search to run the program with full administrator rights

Run program as administrator Command prompt (CMD)

One-time launch of the program as administrator – using the Windows command line (CMD).

An easy way to start is to run Command Prompt as administrator, from which the required program is launched. But you can also run from the CMD console (with user rights) using the runas command.

  1. Run Command Prompt;
  2. Run the runas command, specifying the username with administrative rights and the full path to the file of the program to be launched;
  3. Enter the password for the user with administrative rights.
runas /user:MHelp.pro "C:\totalcmd\TOTALCMD.EXE"
Run the program as administrator using the Command prompt
In the example, the administrator name is MHelp.pro

Run program as administrator using PowerShell

Another way to run the program with elevated rights is by using Microsoft PowerShell.

An easy way to start is to run PowerShell as administrator and run the required program. But you can also start from the PowerShell console (with user rights) using the start-process command.

  1. Start PowerShell;
  2. Run the start-process command, specifying the full path to the file of the program to be launched;
  3. Enter the password for the user with administrative rights.
start-process "C:\totalcmd\TOTALCMD.EXE" –verb runas
Run the program as administrator using Microsoft PowerShell

Batch file

In some cases, using the previous methods may be inconvenient, let’s create a bat file with instructions for running the program.

A batch file is a script file in DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows. It consists of a series of commands to be executed by the command-line interpreter, stored in a plain text file.

Wikipedia
  1. Launch the standard Notepad application;
  2. We indicate the required sequence of commands;
  3. In the File menu, select the Save As item;
  4. In the File name field, specify the file name and add the .bat extension;
  5. In the File type field, specify All files;
  6. Click the Save button.

Now you can run the program with administrator rights by running the created file.

Create a Batch file to run the program with system administrator rights

Find out more commands that can be used in bat files – link.


🟢 How to run the program as administrator was discussed in this article. I hope you now know how to fix error 740 or “The requested operation requires elevation” by running the program with elevated privileges in a convenient way. However, if you run into any problems while setting up, feel free to write in the comments. I will try to help.

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