Windows 10 Quick Tips – Run As Administrator

Administrator Permissions

When you set up a single account on a Windows System it will be, by default, an Administrator Account. However, when you run programs or Apps, they will be run with a standard user access level. This is a security feature that was introduced in Vista so it has been around for about 10 years. By defaulting to Standard User levels the idea is that malware won’t have access to critical system controls.

Sometimes, however, you will need to run a particular program with Administrator permissions and this week’s Quick Tips article will show you how…

Four Starting Points

There are four different ways to run a program/App as an Administrator depending on how you access them:

  • If you run it by clicking on a Desktop icon, you can right-cick the icon and choose Run as administrator
  • If you run it using the Start Menu, then right-click it, choose More, then choose Run as administrator
  • If you run it from the Taskbar, then right-click the icon, right-click the program name, then choose Run as administrator
  • If you run the program from a search list, you can right-click it, then choose Run as administrator

Note: Using the hotkey combination Ctrl+Shift when clicking the icons will accomplish the same thing thus saving you a few mouse clicks.


If you would prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard, there is a Hotkey combination you can use:

  • If the program in question is at the top of a Search List, then typing Ctrl+Shift+Enter will do the job

Bonus Tip

Let’s say there is a program that you always want to run with administrator privileges? There’s a quick way to make that happen.

  1. Right-click the program icon and choose Properties
  2. Click the Compatability Tab
  3. Check the box labeled Run this program as an administrator
  4. Click OK

It should look something like this:


The above example shows the Properties Sheet for CCleaner. From now on, whenever this program is run using this Shortcut, it will run with Administrator Privileges.

As always, if you have any helpful suggestions or comments, please share them with us,


About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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