Run an application as admin or another user

Every now and then, you run across applications that won’t launch without admin privileges, but you can’t give the user admin privileges (like on an RDS Server).

Here’s a quick and easy way around this-

For my example, I’ll be modifying my Watchguard SSL VPN client application to run as user appadmin.

Then, create a shortcut for the application (or change the current shortcut) to have the target:


Runas /savecred /user:Domain\appadmin “C:\Program Files\path_to.exe”

When launching for the first time, you’ll be prompted to enter the associated password. From there forwad it will be saved.


Enter the password and hit enter.

If you open up Task Manager, Details and find your process, you’ll see it’s running as the admin/other user.



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