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Install Software on Windows 10 Without Admin Rights (Quick Fix)

Windows 10 users find it frustrating when they aren’t able to install software because they do not have admin rights on the system. Some software requires administrative rights to install while others do not. The software that can be installed without admin rights is normally portable and very few apps have portable versions. If you need to install software on a system that you do not have admin rights on, you can try the following.

How do you install software without Admin rights?

Here is the step by step guide to install software on Windows 10 without Administrative rights.

  1. Begin by downloading the software and copy the installation file (normally .exe file) to the desktop. Copying the downloaded installer file to the desktop is only meant for your convenience so that you can easily spot it.
  2. Now create a new folder on your desktop. You can do this by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting New > Folder.
  3. Copy the installer to the new folder you just created.
  4. Open a new Notepad file and enter the following in it.
set _COMPAT_LAYER=RunAsInvoker
start [Installer Name]
  1. Save the file with the exact same name as the installer for the app that you downloaded, and save it with the BAT file extension. Save the file to the folder you created and moved the installer to.
  2. Run the BAT file you just created and it will install the app.


This simple process lets users install software on Windows 10 without having the administrative rights to the OS.  It’s useful but this workaround also showcases a security loophole within the Windows 10 operating system. This will work with most apps/software but there will be exceptions to this. If you need to install an app that’s restricted by the system admin, ask them to install it for you.


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