To run as administrator in Windows 11 means launching an application with elevated privileges. To prevent unauthorized changes to the operating system, Windows 11 apps and games start, by default, with standard permissions, but there are certain programs, like security software, that require admin rights to run correctly or perform specific tasks. Luckily, the process is easy: all you need are administrator credentials and our instructions. Read this guide to learn how to run as Administrator in Windows 11:
NOTE: Using most of the methods in this guide to run as administrator triggers a UAC prompt asking for further confirmation and, if you’re launching an app using a regular account, an administrator password.
In Windows 11, you can use the contextual menu of any pinned app to run it with administrative permissions. To begin, open the Windows 11 Start Menu and find the app you want to launch in the Pinned section. Next, right-click or press and hold on it to open its contextual menu, and then click or tap on “Run as administrator.”
Alternatively, you can also hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys on your keyboard and click/tap on the app you want to run as administrator in Windows 11, or use your keyboard to highlight it and then the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keyboard shortcut to launch it.
TIP: If you like this method, you may be interested in learning more about pinning apps to the Windows 11 Start Menu.
The All apps section of the Start Menu can also be used to run as administrator in Windows 11. First, open the Start Menu and access All apps.
Find the program's shortcut in the list, and right-click or press-and-hold on it to open a contextual menu. Next, click, tap, or hover over the More option, and then press on “Run as administrator.”
Alternatively, you can hold down Ctrl and Shift on your keyboard and click or tap on the app you want to run as administrator in Windows 11.
If you have a shortcut for the app you want to run as admin on your desktop or anywhere else, you can open its right-click menu. Then, click or tap on the “Run as administrator.”
In Windows 11, another way to run an app with administrator permissions is from its taskbar shortcut. First, right-click or press-and-hold on the shortcut. Next, right-click or press-and-hold again on the program’s name. Finally, click or tap on “Run as administrator” from this menu.
You can also hold down Ctrl + Shift and click/tap on an app’s taskbar shortcut to run it with administrator permissions in Windows 11.
TIP: To pin an app to the taskbar, read our guide about adding shortcuts to the taskbar in Windows 11.
While shortcuts are easy to find, you can also run a program as administrator in Windows 11 from the main executable file's contextual menu. In File Explorer, navigate to the app’s executable file. Right-click or press-and-hold on it to open the contextual menu, and then click or tap on “Run as administrator.”
First, use the Windows 11 Search to find the program you want to run as admin. On the right pane, click or tap on “Run as administrator.”
If you don’t see the option in the right pane, use the down arrow to expand the list of options.
Alternatively, right-click or press-and-hold on the correct search result and click or tap on “Run as administrator” from the contextual menu.
You can also use the arrow keys to highlight the appropriate search result in the left pane. Then, use the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keyboard shortcut to run that program as administrator.
First, open the Run window and insert the name of the executable for the program you want to run as admin.
Then, hold down Ctrl and Shift on your keyboard and click/tap OK or the Enter key.
You can also launch a program as administrator in Windows 11 by using the Task Manager. First, start the Task Manager and, if it opens up in its compact view, click or tap on More details.
Open the File menu from the upper-left corner and click or tap on “Run new task.”
In the “Create new task” window, use the Open field to enter the path to the program you want to launch as administrator, or click or tap on Browse to navigate to it. Make sure to check the “Create this task with administrative privileges” option, and then click or tap on OK.
TIP: Using this method of launching programs as administrator lets you skip the UAC part of the process because the app automatically inherits the permissions of the Task Manager - in our case, administrator permissions. If you only have standard user permissions on the device, the checkbox is missing.
If you like command-line environments, access Windows Terminal, PowerShell, or Command Prompt to run a program as administrator. Enter the following command in the Windows Terminal, CMD, or PowerShell window:
runas /user:"your_computer_name\administrator_name" "C:\path\program.exe"
Replace your_computer_name with your computer's name, administrator_name with the name of a user account with administrator permissions on your system, and C:\path\program.exe with the complete path to the app you want to run as administrator. If you enter the command correctly, you are prompted to enter the administrator's password. Then, press Enter on your keyboard once again.
TIP: This method is more complicated, but you get to skip the UAC part of the process.
To set a program to always run with administrative permissions, first, locate its main executable file. Right-click or press-and-hold on it, and then click or tap Properties.
In the Compatibility tab, check the box next to “Run this program as an administrator” and click or tap on Apply or OK.
This setting is applied, and, from now on, the program always runs with administrator permissions.
TIP: You can also get the same result by editing the Properties of a program's shortcut.
You can use the Task Scheduler to run a program as administrator without the UAC (User Account Control) prompt. The process is simple, as you can learn from this step-by-step guide on using the Windows Task Scheduler to run apps without UAC prompts.
Very few programs actually require elevated privileges in Windows 11. However, the eleven methods above should be more than enough for those rare cases when you do need to run an app with administrative permissions. Before you close this guide, let us know which method(s) you plan to use. Did you already use some of them? Let us know in a comment.