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


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.


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


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


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…

    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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