The January 2011 Challenge

In the past month I received quite a few e-mails from administrators who were moving client computers to Windows 7 and needed to continue to run legacy in-house applications. As we all know, many of these older applications require an administrator account to run. Some of my correspondents explained that the client computers were used by multiple users (depending on who needed to work with the legacy application). They said they were tired of being paged to provide the instructions for using the Run As Administrator option to launch the application when the user clicked a shortcut and the application failed to open. They wanted to know how to automate the process of running the software under the context of administrator no matter who was logged on to the computer, or which shortcut they used to launch the application. Do you know how to accomplish this?

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Answer:
1. Right-click any shortcut to the application (or the application's listing) and choose Properties.
2. In the Properties dialog, move to the Compatibility tab.
3. To run the application as an administrator for the currently logged-on user select the option Run This Program As An Administrator and click OK.
4. To run the application as an administrator for any user of this computer click Change Settings For All Users and select the Run This Program As An Administrator option. Click OK twice.

Answer (updated 2/15/11):

  1. Right-click any shortcut to the application (or the application's listing) and choose Properties.
  2. In the Properties dialog, move to the Compatibility tab.
  3. To run the application as an administrator for the currently logged-on user select the option Run This Program As An Administrator and click OK.
  4. To run the application as an administrator for any user of this computer click Change Settings For All Users and select the Run This Program As An Administrator option. Click OK twice.

December 2010 Reader Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Jason Milligan of Las Vegas, NV, the winner of our December 2010 Reader Challenge. The prize is a copy of Windows 7: The Definitive Guide from O'Reilly Media (www.ora.com).