In Windows 10, to run applications or software with administrator privileges means that you are allowing and notifying the system that the particular application or software is safe to make changes to the Windows administrator settings with your permission. Windows 10 as a default, doesn’t allow you to open and run an application or software with administrator privileges because it helps to protect your Windows from malicious threats that can harm your computer files and data. Nevertheless, it is sometimes important to run such application like Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell to run with administrator privileges just to get some things done because it has the full privileges to Windows Admin settings while User account doesn’t. So, in this article, I will walk you through the steps to make Windows 10 Apps to always run with Administrator privileges so you don’t have to make it run as an administrator every time you open up the app.
Before we start with the guide, you should know the difference between the power User privileges and Administrator privileges. For this article, we will take the Command Prompt as an example.
In the image above, you can see the Command Prompt Window on the front is running with an administrator privileges as you can read it’s in C:\WINDOWS\system32> which means it is able to modify changes with Windows system settings while the Command Prompt Windows at the back is in C:Users\OS Stuff> which is a power user account and doesn’t have the privileges to control Windows settings.
So let’s start with the stepwise guide.
Step 1: Search for the app
From Windows search on the taskbar, click to type in Command Prompt as shown above. Now under Best match, you can locate Command Prompt as highlighted above.
If you right-click on the Command Prompt you can see the option of Run as administrator as shown above. This option is used to run the Command Prompt with the Administrator Privileges and not the user’s.
Step 2: Open the File Location
The second option in the menu is of Open file location as highlighted above, now click on the Open file location option to open the Command Prompt’s folder’s location.
Step 3: Enter Command Prompt Properties
From Windows System window, locate Command Prompt shortcut file and apply right-click on it as shown above. Now from the menu click on properties option to open Command Prompt properties as shown above.
Step 4: Command Prompt Advanced Properties
From the Command Prompt Properties dialog box, under the Shortcut tab, click on the Advanced… button as highlighted above.
Step 5: Allow to run as administrator
From the Advanced Properties pane, make sure to checkmark the Run as administrator checkbox as highlighted above. Now click on the OK button to close the Advanced Properties pane. This option will allow you to run the command prompt with Administrator privileges every time you open it from its shortcut.
Step 6: Apply Changes
Now back from Command Prompt Properties, click on Apply button first to apply changes and then click OK button to close the Command Prompt Properties dialog box as highlighted above.
Now whenever you open the Command Prompt app, it will open up with Administrator privileges, but warning message from UAC (User Account Control) will always pop up for your permission to run the app with Administrator Privileges just for the security purpose, just click Yes button to continue.
Use keyboard Shortcut for Administrator Privileges:
If you don’t want to set the run as administrator property on the permanent basis then what you can do to open the app with Administrator privileges is to use the keyboard’s shortcut keys every time you want to open up an app. This option is mainly used by a user who doesn’t want to mess with the windows settings and who are concerned with the privacy and security of their Windows.
Simply search for Command Prompt from the Windows search bar, locate command prompt with keyboard arrow keys till it gets highlighted as shown above. Now Press and hold Ctrl + Shift key simultaneously and then press Enter key. Now UAC message will pop up simply click yes to allow the app to run with Administrator Privileges.
That’s it! Hope this article helped you to know how to make Windows 10 Apps Always run with Administrator Privileges. Enjoy!