Allow Other Users To Run Certain Programs With Admin Rights


A few days ago we showed you how to run the task manager as an administrator or a different user. The process  required that you would need the admin password to do so. In an almost polar opposite scenario, we’re looking at what you should do if you want to give users the ability to run certain programs with Admin rights, but without giving them the administrator password. The simplest way comes in the form of a little utility called RunAsTool. It’s free and you can use it to grant other users permission to run programs with elevated persmission. Here’s how it works.

RunAsTool doesn’t need to be installed. The easiest way to set it up is to run it from your Administrator account. You will be prompted to enter the password for the account to enter Edit mode.

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In Edit mode, simply drag & drop the program you want to give users access to. Just below the ‘Icon’ field you will see options for permissions/rights. Select the ‘Run as administrator’ option and you’re all done. Make sure other users have the RunAsTool available on their desktops.

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When other users run RunAsTool, they will not see the edit mode. They will see a simple window with icons for the programs that have been permitted by the admin to run. Double-click a program to run it. If a user has the admin password, you can enter edit mode from File>Launch edit mode.

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The great thing about RunAsTool is that you can operate it from the admin account, but if need arises, you can also use it from any other account so long as you have the admin password.

Download RunAsTool

  • InChains

    Why Windows doesn’t have this option built into the OS, I will never know.
    As it stands, a Standard User isn’t much different from a Guest account. The Standard User account on my laptop can’t play games, run Photoshop, or even edit mp3 tags in their own Music folder. And it seems the only way to change this is to either put in the admin password every time they want to do any of those things, or to run third-party software.