Something about Running Application As Administrator
Running an application as administrator means that the application must use administrative privileges while executing. Sometimes, it becomes important to run an application as administrator in order to make some administrative modifications and perform elevated tasks in the operating system.
In earlier versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, such as Windows XP, a service named Secondary Logon allowed users to specify administrative credentials using which they wanted to initialize the applications. In Windows XP, users did that by right-clicking the executable application and selecting ‘Run as’ option from the context menu. With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft added a new feature named User Account Control which helped users a great deal by eliminating the requirement of right-clicking the application and selecting ‘Run as’ from the context menu. With the help of User Account Control, when any application that requires elevated privileges, the operating system automatically prompts users for administrative consent or credentials.
Benefits of Running Some Applications Always As Administrator
As mentioned above, in Microsoft Windows Vista and above operating systems, any application that requires elevated privileges to initialize, automatically displays the User Account Control box to the users so that they can confirm its initialization using elevated privileges. However, there might be times when users might still want to run some applications using administrative privileges, even though the applications themselves do not require them. In such cases, administrators can either right-click the application and select ‘Run as administrator’ option from the context menu every time they want to initialize the application, or they can configure the application so that whenever they double-click the icon of the application, it automatically displays User Account Control box to use elevated privileges to initialize.
Configuring Applications to Run As Administrator
In order to configure the application so it can initialize using elevated credentials every time its icon is double-clicked, administrators must follow the steps given as below:
- Log on to Windows 7 computer.
- Right-click the shortcut icon of the application that has to be configured to always use elevated privileges when initialized, and from the context menu click Properties.
- On the opened properties box, make sure that Shortcut tab is selected, and click Advanced button.
- On Advanced Properties box, check Run as administrator checkbox and click OK button.
- Back on properties box, click Apply button and on the appeared Access Denied box, click Continue.
- Finally, close properties box and double-click the shortcut icon of the application to view the User Account Control confirmation box before the application gets initialized.