LKBEN10575: Windows user wants to perform certain tasks as administrator


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LKB | Created: 02/04/2020 | Version: 0 | Language: EN | Rating: 0 | Outdated: False | Marked for deletion: False

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


Symptom

Working as local administrator has certain risks - working as user inhibits certain functions

Cause

To work as user but to perform certain tasks as administrator, use function "run as..."

Solution

In windows systems it bears certain risks to work as local administrator all the time (security, deletion by accident...). If you work as user, there are inhibited functions reserved for use by admins.

If you need to perform admin tasks from a user session, there's no need to logoff - logon as admin and then log back on as a user:
there are two different ways to perform tasks as another user:

  1. From the command shell: use "runas" command:
    RUNAS [ [/noprofile | /profile] [/env] [/netonly] ] /user:<Benutzername> Programm
  2. From Explorer using the <shift>-key in combination with right mouse click:
    the corresponding context menu contains a "run as..." dialogue

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux in different European countries and different European languages. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform where he is one of the most important contributors and the main developer.

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