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How to Run a Program with Elevated Permissions

Sometimes, you need to run a program as the administrator in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Running a program as administrator means that the program has more access to the computer when it runs: It has elevated privileges. This is often necessary to do in Windows to ensure that certain programs run properly.

To run a program with elevated privileges, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the program or shortcut icon.

  2. Choose the Run As Administrator command from the shortcut menu.

    You see a User Account Control (UAC) warning appear.

  3. Type the administrator’s password or click the Yes or Continue button.

    The program then runs with elevated privileges.

To make the change permanent and have the program always run under elevated privileges, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the program or shortcut icon.

  2. Choose Properties from the shortcut menu.

  3. Click the Compatibility tab in the program’s Properties dialog box.

  4. Put a check mark by the item Run This Program As an Administrator.

  5. Click OK.

Every time you run this program or open its shortcut icon, you’re prompted with a UAC warning; type the administrator’s password or click the Continue button to run the program.

A program flagged for elevated privileges appears with the Shield icon superimposed on its regular icon. The Shield icon is your reminder that you need to click the Allow button or type the administrator’s password to use the program at the elevated level.

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