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How to run apps with admin rights on Windows 10

Users that do not have admin rights on a Windows 10 system can run apps with admin rights if they have the login credentials for the admin account. In order to run apps with admin rights, users need the app to launch in admin mode whereby Windows 10 will ask the user to authenticate with the admin account. The trick is to know how to run an app in admin mode.

Admin account access

When you run an app in admin mode, you need to enter the Admin user name. This is normally the email address that is associated with the Microsoft Live account that the admin user uses.

If the Admin account is a local account, their full name, as entered when creating the account, will be the username.

The password lies with the admin and you must ask them for it. There is no way to bypass the password requirement.

Run app with admin rights

There are several different ways to run apps with admin rights.

1. Apps pinned to Taskbar

If you have an app pinned to the taskbar, you can run it with admin rights by modifying how you open it.

  1. Hold down the Ctrl+Shift key.
  2. Click the app icon on the Taskbar for the app you want to open.
  3. The UAC will appear. Enter the admin user and password, and click Yes.

2. Apps’ list and Start Menu

Some apps that are routinely run with admin rights have an option in their context menu for running them in admin mode.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Go to the Apps’ list.
  3. Look for the app you want to open with admin rights, and right-click it.
  4. Go to More>Run as Administrator.
  5. Enter the admin username and password to open the app.
  6. If the app does not have a ‘Run as Administrator’ option, hold down the Ctrl+Shift button and click the app’s tile.
  7. Enter the admin username and password.

3. Run box

This method works for Windows 10 desktop apps.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the Run box, enter the full path to the EXE of the app you want to open. e.g., to open Chrome with admin rights, you will enter the following path.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
  1. Tap Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
  2. Enter the admin username and password.


Some apps cannot work unless they have admin rights which is why users with normal accounts may not be able to use them. Instead of making every user on a system an admin, this is a much simpler way to allow them to use the apps with admin rights.

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