LKBEN10878: Start Windows Explorer instance as administrator


to perform certain tasks with extended rights you can use the runas command. Explorer cannot be started in another context from right click menu


use the seperate switch in command line


When using Internet Explorer 7 or higher, it is not possible any more to start another explorer window with runas from the context menu. There are two solutions:

1. open a command shell (cmd.exe) and enter:

runas /user: "explorer.exe /separate"

2. logon as administrator and open explorer, menu Extras -> folderoptions -> view-tab and check "start folderwindow in separate process"


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About the Author

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

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. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.

Latest update: 19/04/2024 | Comment: