How To Run A Program As Administrator in Windows 10

This is a common thing that you can run into with Windows 10. Administrative privilege needs to be given to a program for it to work properly. We will show you how to run a program as administrator and set it up to run this way permanently.

Assigning administrative rights to an installed program makes the most sense. But what if it’s an installation package?

Thankfully, it’s easy to do.

How to Run a Program as Administrator Permanently

  1. Open up Windows File Explorer and navigate to your file. Use the navigation tree on the left and get the file showing in the right pane.
Selecting file properties.
  1. Move your pointer to hover over the file and press the right mouse button. A new contextual menu will open, and then move your pointer to hover over Run as administrator and press the left mouse button.
How to run a program as administrator permanently.

Depending on how your User Account Control settings are configured, you may have to confirm the action with a full-screen prompt.

How to do it from the Start Menu

Note: You will need the program installed first to complete this process.

Selecting Run as administrator from the Start Menu's contextual menu.
  1. After opening the Start Menu and finding your program, right-click on it.
  2. Move your mouse pointer to hover over More, and in the new rollout menu, left-click on Run as administrator.

Alternatively, from a desktop shortcut

  1. Right-click on your software’s executable on the desktop.
  2. Left-click on Run as administrator.

Keep it permanent

There are two main ways of accomplishing this. One way is to make the change in the shortcut to the program. The other way is by changing the properties of the executable.

Changing the shortcut settings

Opening the shortcut properties.
  1. Move the pointer to hover over the shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Press the right mouse button, move your pointer to hover over Properties, and press the left mouse button.
  3. Left-click on the Compatibility tab in the Properties window.
  4. Move the pointer to hover over the Run program as an administrator checkbox. If it is unchecked, left-click on it.
  5. Left-click on the OK button.
Selecting Run this program as an administrator from the Compatibility tab under the properties menu from the shortcut on the desktop.

Changing the file properties

  1. Open Windows File Explorer. Locate the file you want to always run as an administrator.
  2. Hover the pointer over it and press the right mouse button.
  3. Left-click on Properties.
  4. Left-click on Compatibility.
  5. Move the pointer onto the Run program as an administrator checkbox. If the checkbox is unchecked, left-click on it to check it.
  6. Left-click the OK button.

When you don’t see ‘Run this program as an administrator’

It’s not your fault. This can sometimes happen with certain applications.

Follow this procedure instead:

  1. In the Windows File Explorer, navigate to your application.
  2. Right-click on the file and left-click on Troubleshoot compatibility.
  3. Check The program requires additional permissions checkbox and left-click it to enable it.
  4. Left-click on Next.
  5. Left-click on the Test the program button.
  6. Left-click on Next after closing the application that was opened for testing.
  7. Left-click on Yes, save these settings for this program.

How do administrative privileges work?

Access to anything in Windows has various permission levels attached to it. This helps administrators set who can access predetermined features, files, or settings. The administrator is the user with the highest level of permission.

Therefore, it is most likely that the owner would have administrator privileges.


We hope you have found this helpful and know how to run any software as an admin every time.

Thankfully it is an easy task, and the number of software packages that run in Windows require this less as time goes on.