Running applications as an administrator on Windows 11 allows the app to have elevated permissions and access system resources that it would not have in a standard user account. This is useful for tasks that require administrative access, such as installing software or making system-level changes.
You need administrator privileges in command-line tools, programs, utilities, and other software to make system-level changes. So to save time and hassle, we bring you a detailed guide on; how to run apps as an administrator on Windows 11.
Here are the steps you can follow to always run apps with admin permission:
Step 1: Press Windows + S keys together to open the search box and search for the app you want to run as administrator. For instance; I want to run Microsoft Edge as an administrator. I will search for it in the search box.
Step 2: Once the app appears on the search result, right-click on it, and choose “Run as administrator” from the menu that appears. This will only open the app as an administrator once.
Step 3: To always open the app in administrator, select “Open File Location” from the menu.
Step 4: A File Explorer window will open. Right-click on its shortcut and click the “Properties“ option from the context menu.
Step 5: It will open the properties windows. Here, click on “Advanced” under the “Shortcut” tab.
Step 6: Here, enable the checkbox for “Run as administrator” and click on the “OK” button. This will ensure the app will always open as Administrator.
How to Run Apps With Admin Permission in Compatibility Mode
Some apps don’t support “Run as Administrator”, you can run these apps in Compatibility mode lets you run apps in the administrator. This can come in handy for standalone apps that don’t require an installation and don’t come with a shortcut.
Here are the steps you can follow to run apps with admin permission in Compatibility Mode:
Step 1: Right-click on the program and select the “Properties“ option from the context menu.
Step 2: It will open the properties windows. Here, click on the “Compatibility” tab. Here, enable the checkbox for “Run this program as an administrator.” After that, click the “OK” button, and you are done.
From now onwards, the program will always run as an administrator on Windows 11. Be careful when making any changes, as running an app as an administrator can have serious consequences if you’re not careful.
That’s it; this is how you can run apps as an administrator on Windows 11. Please note the process is the same for all the Windows operating systems. Also, check our other windows troubleshooting guide.
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