How to run a program as "Administrator" in Windows Vista and 7/8

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When you are troubleshooting certain software program, you might end up uninstalling the software, then reinstalling it. Sometimes it won't work, but most of the times it will work. However, in cases when the program refuses to run with no apparent reason, you can try to launch the software by running it as Administrator.

Running a software as Administrator

This process is simply elevating the execution of a certain software or program from the user account with Administrative privileges. This will work with any program. Also, you can do this to run the installation of a certain software, or to run any installed software in your computer.

Here are the steps to run any installed software in your computer as Administrator:

Step 1: Locate the shortcut icon of the program you want to run. It can be in your desktop screen or in the All Programs folder. To locate the software in the All Programs folder, click Start => All Programs, then locate the folder with the name of the program or the developer. For instance, for MS Word 2010, it is located in Start => All Programs => Microsoft Office.

MS Word 2010 shortcut

Step 2: Let us first try to do these steps with shortcut icons shown in your desktop screen. Right click on the icon, then there you shall see a command called "Run as Administrator". The screen shot below shows the context menu when you right click on Dropbox software icon:

Sample screen shot for Run as Administrator

Step 3: However, for other programs like MS Word 2010, there is no "Run as Administrator" command that shows up when you right click on the MS Word 2010 icon. But you can still run MS Word as Administrator using the second approach in the next steps.

Step 4: Right click on the shortcut icon. When the context menu doesn't show "Run as Administrator", click on Properties instead.

Step 5: Then click on the Compatibility tab.

Step 6: There, you shall see a checkbox that says "Run this program as an administrator". Click on that checkbox to check it, then click Apply then click OK. When you double click to open such program, it will now run as Administrator.

Run as administrator option in the Compatibility tab

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