How To Always Run Programs As Administrator In Windows 7

Microsoft introduced a new feature in Windows Vista and Windows 7 that separated the administrator role from normal users. Even the user with administrative privileges have to go to administrative mode to run certain applications which includes critical system apps in order to provide more security to Windows users.

The problem with this approach is that if we want to run one program again and again, it will always ask for that administrative privilege. If you want to always allow a program to use administrative privileges when run, then follow the steps below to grant administrative access to that program.

  1. Right click the program you wish to grant administrative privileges
  2. Go to Properties –> Compatibility Tab
  3. At the end of the compatibility tab, you will find the following check box:
    Run this program as an administrator
  4. Just check the check box and click OK and then again OK.
  5. This will grant administrative privileges to that program permanently.

run as administrator

If you want to grant the program administrative privileges for all the users, then you can do so by going again to compatibility tab and clicking Change settings for all users.

Check the check box which says Run this program as an administrator.

Now the program will run in administrative mode for all the users of the system.

4 thoughts on “How To Always Run Programs As Administrator In Windows 7”

  1. I tried this tip on two programs that I frequently run, Core Temp (run in the Startup group) and Revo Uninstaller. Even after checking both “Run as administrator” boxes, UAC still asks for a confirmation before running.
    Am I misunderstanding something, or is there possibly another step to take.
    I’m running Windows 7 Pro SP1.
    Thanks!

  2. Just found one more step that makes things work the way I want, but it requires using the Local Security Policy control panel (meaning that you must be running either Win7 Pro or Ultimate, as the lower Win7 levels don’t allow you to access the LSP CPL).
    In the LSP CPL, expand “Local Policies/Security Options” and scroll to the bottom of the list. You’ll see multiple entries for the UAC.
    Change the setting for “Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators…” to “Elevate without prompting.”
    This fixed the issue for me. If you’re still having problems, look closely at the other UAC settings in the LSP CPL to see if any other current setting could be causing the problem.
    BTW, you don’t need to worry about the settings for the “Built-In Administrator account” if you’ve set your primary user account to have Administrator privileges (as opposed to “Standard User”).

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