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Beginner: How to Run an Application as Administrator in Windows 8

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Windows 8 does away with the Start Menu we all know and love, and introduces a more “immersive” Start Screen. Since there’s no context menu on the Start Screen you may be wondering how to run applications as administrator–here’s how.

Running a Application as Administrator on Windows 8

In order to launch an a Metro application we first have to be on the Start Screen, if you are not here you can quickly press the Windows key to switch to it.

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Next we need to select the application that we want to run as administrator, to do this we right-click on it.

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If you look to the bottom of the screen, you will see a run as administrator button, click it.

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You should see a UAC prompt now, just click yes to launch the application. That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/8/12

Comments (10)

  1. SoupX

    Does control+shift+click not work in metro?

  2. Daniel

    how do you do this with touch?

  3. datatoo

    is there a way to setup an application to always run as admin?

  4. pbug56

    There’s a much easier solution; uninstall Windoze 8. Then you won’t have any problems with it at all!

  5. Minty Fresh

    @daniel I think you have to use your right index finger ;-)
    or a more serious answer is I don’t know but perhaps you touch and hold to ‘right-click’?

  6. 691awp

    Todo a right click in Windows 7 on touch screen, first click with one finger, while holding this, click again with a second finger.

  7. Berls

    This doesn’t work for Windows Explorer, which doesn’t display a “Run As Administrator” option on the right-click menu on the Desktop (as it does in Win7) or the Start screen. Big nuisance. Anyone know a workaround?

  8. Paul

    ‘if you are not here you can quickly press the Windows key to switch to it.’…what happen if I slowly press the windows key? Or press it at a medium pace?

  9. zinc

    No context menu?
    If you have to right-click to get a menu at the bottom…I think it’s safe to call that a “context” menu…

    @Berls
    It does work on the desktop.
    You need to right-click on an app shortcut…not the blank desktop…;-)

    Also works in Windows Explorer.

  10. rino19ny

    only works for Win7 apps. if you righ-click on a Metro app you don’t get the runas administrator.

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