How to set up a program to always run as administrator?

Sometimes a program needs administrator rights to access some features of operating system.

Most commonly it happens with Fast 4 Kiosks, that have to disable windows features like alt-tab switch, win key etc.

To be able to do that kiosk Fast 4 has to be run as an administrator.

To set up the program to run as administrator on Windows 7 do following steps:

1. Right-click the application’s shortcut, and then click Properties
2. In the Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab. 
3. Do one of the following: 

  • To apply the setting to the currently logged-on user, select the 'Run this program as an administrator' check box, and then click OK.
  • To apply the setting to all users on the computer and regardless of which shortcut is used to start the application, click 'Change setting for all users' to display the Properties dialog box for the application’s .exe file, select the 'Run this program as an administrator' check box, and then click OK twice.

To set up the program to run as administrator on Windows 8 do following steps:

  1. Go to the location of the executable.
  2. Right click AppThatRequiresAdminRights.exe and select Troubleshoot compatibility.
  3. Select the option Troubleshoot program after the wizard has finished detecting issues.
  4. Choose the The program requires additional permissions option. The wizard will apply the Run as Administrator setting to AppThatRequiresAdminRights.exe program.
  5. Click Test the program (required) and close the wizard.

 

After that, if you run the application and you have a security warning prompt dialog that asking you to run as administrator, then you need to unlock the real administrator account.

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