Windows XP -How to run / install programs and more as admin on non-admin account

Posted July 18, 2007 by Jimmy S in Windows

This recipe explains how to run applications or installations as an admin under a non-admin account. Very useful for installs and working w/the files system as an admin.

As a computer support guy, running applications and managing files as an admin on a pc is just so much easier fixing/installing/troubleshooting problems.

Here is a SUPER easy way to do this.

1. Go to the Start Menu > All Programs > and right click on Internet Explorer.

2. Choose the “Run As…” option.

3. Select the Following User. Click the drop to Administrator and then type in the administrator password.

4. You will get your normal Internet Explorer home screen (the admin accounts that is since IE is running as the admin account).

Now just type C: in the address bar and you should get the good ole Windows Explorer. We now can navigate to program files and run any app as the admin account or install any program.

You can also Add / Remove programs as the admin, just go the C: drive and then on the left look for the Control Panel link.

Also, you can Manage the PC and change drive letter mappings if needed.

All in all, very helpful for us computer support types / geeks. 🙂


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Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.
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