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Very often these days we need to manually choose to run a program as the computer's "Administrator" (or "Admin" for short). What this is for is so that the program is able to perform certain actions that it normally cannot do when not being run as the Administrator. One example (of many) is to perhaps start and / or stop a Windows Service. There are 2 ways do do this, one is a temporary "one time use way", and the other is the permanent way.

The "temporary" way is meant to be used if you only really need to run the program as Admin one time, or just every so often.

This is simple:

  • Just right-click on the program (or file name if viewing it in a file manager like Explorer or Directory Opus)
  • and from the popup context menu just select "Run as administrator" as shown below:
How To Run a Program As Administrator Tutorial - right-click context menu

The "permanent" choice is meant for a program that really needs to be run as Admin every time it's used. in this case you'll want to set a "flag" to let Windows know to do so.

Here's how:

  1. Right-click the program so the context menu pops up

  2. Click on "Properties" at the very bottom of the menu

  3. Click the "Compatibility" tab at the top of the window

  4. Near the bottom you'll see an option to "Run this program as an administrator", check it

  5. Click the "apply" button, then the "OK" button

  6. All done

How to set a program to always run as administrator

Note: Use this ability wisely, there's a reason that you need to take these extra steps and that's because it's designed this way to protect your computer from MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware and viruses by limiting the abilities of programs to do things that could damage it.

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