How to Set Run as Administrator for Every Program in Windows 10 and 11

The Windows Operating system allows you to create more than one user account on your computer. You can either create an admin account with an administrative privilege, or a user account with limited privilege.

An account with an administrative privilege is considered a superior account and can be used to perform core system modifications. For example, you can’t perform certain actions that require modifications to your system on the Windows CLI except if you open the command prompt as an administrator.

Every other Windows app is equally limited unless you run them as an administrator. You can enable this option every time you want to use the app or set the app to always open with administrator privilege by following the instructions in this guide. While the illustrations are performed in a Windows 11 environment, the same procedure applies to Windows 10 computers.

You may also be interested in How to change the Windows 11 start menu to Windows 10 style.

Run Windows App as Administrator Once

We will be running the command prompt as an administrator. To do this, type cmd into your Windows search bar to display the windows command prompt app.

Next, right-click on it and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

This opens the Windows command prompt while giving you the administrative privilege to modify your system settings.

Always Run Windows Apps as an Administrator

If you are always using an application that requires administrative privilege to function properly. It can be overwhelming if you have to grant it an administrative privilege every time you open it. Therefore, it will be a better idea to set this once and avoid unnecessary repetition.

To do this, open the Windows file manager and go to “Local Disk (C:)”. Next, locate the profile file from the folder “Program File” or “Program File (x86)”.

Next, locate the file for the app you wish to grant administrative privilege to. I wish to do this for “Google Chrome”, so I double-click on the Google folder.

I select the Chrome folder.

Then, I select “Application”.

From here, you will notice the files under this application, select the appropriate one to continue.

Next, right-click on it and select “Properties”.

This displays the App property, click on “Compatibility” to continue.

Next, scroll down to select the “Run This Program as Administrator” option.

Finally, click on the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons sequentially. When next you launch the program, it will request Administrative privilege and all you have to do is simply click on “Yes”.

If you can’t find an App in the file explorer, such as the Windows command prompt. You can equally locate its property by right-clicking on the App icon and selecting the “Open file location” option before continuing with the settings as previously described.

You may also checkout our guide on updating to Windows 11, including its hardware and software requirements.

I hope you find this guide helpful, kindly leave a comment if you have any questions.

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