How to Run an App as Administrator in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to run an application as administrator in Windows 11. By default, when you open or execute an app from your desktop, it will open with standard permissions.

In standard mode, the apps will function as designed and will allow any or most users to run them without issues. Some apps are built and designed to open be run by administrator only. Even a user who is a member of the administrator group won’t run it unless the apps is executed in administrator mode.

There are multiple ways to execute an app with administrative rights. You can run it from command prompt or right-click the app and select Run as administrator. Whatever methods you use, the app will open with administrator permissions.

You’ll always have to do this to run the app as administrator. However, Windows has a feature that you can set on apps so that they will always run in administrator mode without the usual methods above, and the steps will show you how to do that below.

How to open an app as administrator in Windows 11

As mentioned above, most if not all apps are opened in standard mode with standard permissions by default. If you have an app that needs to be opened with administrative privileges, then use the steps below to do that.

In Windows, to open an app as administrator, simply right-click on the app’s icon, then select Run as administrator as shown below.

Apps in the Start menu follow the same process. Right-click its icon and select Run as administrator.

How to always run an app as administrator in windows 11

Windows allows you set an app to always run as administrator without the right-clicking and using methods above. First, you’ll need to locate the executable file of the app you want to always open with elevated privileges in File Explorer.

If the app has a Desktop icon, then simply right-click its icon and select Properties from the context menu as shown below.

On the Properties pane, under Compatibility, select the highlighted box that reads “Run this program as an administrator

Click the OK button to apply your changes.

The next time you run the app, it will run as administrator by default.

That’s it!


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