Windows 10 Tips to Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege

Windows 10 serves you different ways to run a program with administrative privileges. Here, in this article, we will pen down various ways applying which you can Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege. What is the advantage of Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege? Running a program with administrator right provides your PC extra and intensified security. Local users can not run these programs and so they will not be able to make vital changing in your computer without your permission.

In this way, this article will describe the tips using which you can secure your system from local users and unsafe hands. In the reverse, if you want to change in application settings you can use these tips. But make a note of one thing, the Modern Windows apps downloaded from the Windows Store did not need administrator permissions. The desktop applications only require the administrative permissions to make them run. So, let us now see the various methods.

How to Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege

From the Start Menu

With the back of the Start Menu, you are able to comfortably run the wanted program as an administrator. Launch the Windows 10 Start menu.

  • Press Start Menu and take your mouse pointer to the application that you prefer to run. Right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator option from the context menu.
Run as administrator icon on right click context menu on onedrive option in start menu
  • A User Account Control (UAC) will pop up on the screen, waiting for your permission to proceed with the program. Click Yes and go ahead!

If the applications that require administrative privileges are run without administrator permission, the User Account Control (UAC) will ask you to provide the administrator password. If you are failed to provide the correct password, the application will not run.

From Desktop or File Explorer

This section will show you how to run those programs that are located in your Desktop or File Explorer. Decide which program you wish to run and needs an administrative privilege and look for its shortcut. Right-click on it and select Run as administrator.

Run as administrator option on right click context menu on teamviewer

Here again and UAC will pop up for your permission. When you click Yes, the program will be active.

From Start Screen

There are many users who must be still using the Start Screen in Windows 10. If you wish to run an application with the administrator authorization then open your Windows 10 Start Screen first. Get the shortcut of the program that you wanted to run. Right-click on it. The bottom fly out of the Start Screen will display certain options. You will find Run as administrator amongst them. Click it and you will get the UAC prompting on your screen. Give it a green signal by clicking on Yes and get access to the program.

How to Always Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege in Windows 10

Have you ever thought of running a program always with administrator’s authorization? There are certain programs that you wish to set them run always with administrator’s permission. So, if you wish to do something like that, you are reading the correct article. Begin with looking for the program and its shortcut that you wish to run always with administrative authorization. Make a right-click on it and select the Properties option. As the Properties window of the particular program opens up, go to the Compatibility tab. You will notice a Settings section at the lower half of the window. Select the check box of Run this program as an administrator. Next, click Ok to save your settings.


The changes will be applied and the program will now always be run as administrator. You will see a small change in the icon of that program. A small UAC indicator is affixed to the icon on its lower right corner. Rather than editing the main executable, if you wish to edit the properties of the shortcut of that program, you can do that also. Go to the shortcut’s Properties window and then take yourself to the Shortcuts tab. You will notice and Advanced button, click it to open the Advanced Properties window. Choose the box which reads as Run as administrator. Click Ok button followed by another click on the Ok button of the Properties window.

run as administrator advanced shortcut teamviewer

Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege Without a UAC Prompt

There at times when you get irritated with the User Account Control (UAC) prompting every time you run the program as administrator and so you would definitely be pleased with UAC not to popping up every time. And this process can be carried out from the Task Scheduler. Another article holds the entire process. Click on the link to see all the steps. How to Stop User Account Control (UAC) on Windows 10

Run an Elevated Command Prompt from Power User Menu

When you need to launch the Command Prompt with administrator privilege, there is a straightforward method to do it. Click right button of your mouse on the Start Menu or press Windows and X keys. This will bring the Power User Menu on your screen. You will notice an option as Command Prompt (Admin). Click on it and give permission to the UAC and the Administrator Command Prompt will be on your screen. How to Access Elevated Command Prompt on Windows 10

Run a Pinned Taskbar Program as an Administrator in Windows 10

The programs that are pinned in the Taskbar can also be run with the administrative privileges. You need to press CTRL and SHIFT keys on your keyboard and then left click on the pinned item of the Taskbar. You will see the UAC waiting for your permission to run the program with administrative authorities.

Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege on windows 10 jump list

Here you have another way also. Right click on the pinned item and from the arrived jump list again make a right-click on the application’s name and choose Run as Administrator option.

Run a Run a Program Using Administrator Privilege from the Task Manager

You can run a program as an elevated one, and so you can use the Task Manager to make it happen so. To accomplish it, you have to open the Task Manager by right-clicking on an empty space on the Taskbar and selecting Task Manager.

task manager on context menu

When the Task Manger window appears on your screen, click on ‘More details link’ at the left bottom corner of the same window.

more detail link at the bottom of the task manager

Here, in the next window, click on File menu followed by Run new task.

Run new task in Task Manager

In the Create new task dialog box, drag the EXE or shortcut of the program that you want to run as administrator. Then don’t forget to select the check box of the option Create this task with administrative privileges and lastly click the OK option to save the changes.

checkbox to create this task with administrator privilege windows 10


It is quite good that not many programs require the administrative privilege to run. This post will be very useful when you have programs located in different areas and you have to run them as administrator. If you have some other ways, do share with us in the comments section.

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Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

  1. I and thousands more; just want to revert to the Windows setting of- “Photo Viewer” using the Ikon on the taskbar. Instead, we are sent on a merry go round of scams; & sign-ups for dubious pay photo editing apps. I am sure my comment will remain; (just that) The nearest I got to solve this problem was- ” The Administrator Privilege is required to run this program” (RIGHT CLICK THE ICON OF THIS PROGRAM, & CHOOSE- RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR) This would not work either! This problem occurred after updating!!! Windows 10.

  2. Madison Durham


    I’m trying to delete a file but it is telling me I need administrator permission to do anything with the file. I don’t know how or why it’s doing that. How do I fix it?

  3. Could not gain access to programs without administrator privilege, so I set-up the administrator account. Went back to open the program and nothing happened…no warnings or messages…the
    program simply would not run. Anything else I can try?

    Thank you,

  4. Hi, nice article! How about programs that are started at startup, either in a startup folder or as a registry entry? I have one program – a macro expander where you to enter abbreviations that expand into text – that won’t do its job without having admin privileges. Windows will not start this program. I think if I turn off UAC it will work, but I would rather not… Thanks!