Featured - How to set apps to always run as an administrator on Windows 10

Running a program as an administrator is necessary to maintain full functionality in some scenarios. However, remembering to do so each you launch an app can be a hassle. Running a command in Command Prompt only be greeted with the “requires administrator privileges” message gets old fast. To remedy this, today we’re going to show you how to set a program to always run as an administrator in Windows 10.

Before we do so, however, it’s worth issuing a few words of caution. Running an app as an admin every time makes it easier for malware to get a foothold on your PC. The method we show below will set the shortcut for the app to run it as admin rather than directly modifying the permissions of the app itself. This is safer and still requires you to choose “Yes” in a UAC prompt.

For more information about Windows 10 administrator access, as well as different methods to always run apps as an administrator, you can check our long-form how to run a program as an administrator guide.

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With that said, here’s a quick method to always run a program as an administrator on Windows 10:

How to Always Run as an Administrator in Windows 10

The fastest and safest way to make an app always run as administrator in Windows 10 is by modifying its Start Menu shortcut. We’ll show you how to run Command Prompt as admin using this technique below:

  1. Press Start, type the name of your app, right-click it, and press “Open file location”

     

    Windows 10 - Search Command Prompt - Open File Location

  2. Right-click your app’s shortcut and choose “Properties”

     

     File Location - Properties

  3. Open the “Shortcut” tab of the Properties window and click “Advanced…”

     

    Windows 10 - Search Command Prompt - Open File Location - Properties - Shortcut - Advanced

  4. Tick “Run as administrator” and press “OK”

     

    Windows 10 - Search Command Prompt - Open File Location - Properties - Shortcut - Advanced - Check Run as Admin - Accept

  5. Click “OK” in the properties window to close the app

    When you next run your app, you’ll get a UAC prompt. Choose “Yes” to launch the app as an administrator.

    Windows 10 - Search Command Prompt - Open File Location - Properties - Shortcut - Advanced - Check Run as Admin - Accept

How to Create a Shortcut and Disable Windows 10 UAC

That rounds up this quick guide on how to always run a program as an administrator. If you find that your app doesn’t have a shortcut to modify, we recommend you read our desktop shortcut guide and create one manually.

If instead, you’re looking to get rid of that pesky UAC prompt, you can read our tutorial here. Just make sure you’re aware of the risks first.

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