I believe there is a legitimate need to run explorer in elevated privileges, for example to register or unregister WSC (Windows script component files) or to run Windows scripts elevated. I also need to use it for file management on remote servers, and it would be much easier than RDP directly into the server. Amirite?
(Solved) - How To: Run explorer.exe [shell] as an Administrator - Win7(23 posts)
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Here is my solution however; it does involve making a change in the registry:
Rename the following key:
You will likely have to go in as an administrator and take ownership of that registry key before you can modify it, as by default, only TrustedInstaller can modify it.
This will stop the mechanism that launches explorer.exe from always launching it as the current interactive user.
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