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Run as an Administrator

This article applies to: Managed Servers


In Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, even admin users don't run with full privileges all of the time. Microsoft implemented a procedure called "User Access Control" (UAC) which will prompt the user when a privileged operation is attempted.

However, some applications were not written to perform this escalation, causing problems when you attempt to use them.

To force an application to run as an administrator, right-click the application and choose Run as Administrator.

If there is an application that also needs to spawn processes which also run as administrator (and the application doesn't support UAC), try the following method

  1. Find the command prompt in the Start menu.
  2. Right-click the command prompt to run as administrator.
  3. Launch your application from the escalated command prompt. The application will then run as a full administrator.

See also: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709691(v=ws.10).aspx

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