Enabling Standard Users to Run a Program with Admin Rights in Windows


In a Windows environment, it’s essential to manage user privileges to maintain system security. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to enable standard users to run specific programs that require administrator rights. This article will walk you through a step-by-step process of enabling standard users to run programs with admin rights in Windows.

Step 1: Access the Local Security Policy

– Press the “Windows” key and type “secpol.msc”.

– Select and open “Local Security Policy”.

– In the left pane, navigate to “Security Settings> “Local Policies” > “Security Options“.

Step 2: Configure User Account Control Settings

– In the right pane, locate “User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode”. Double-click on it.

– Set the dropdown menu to “Elevate without prompting”.

– Click on “OK” and close the Local Security Policy window.

Step 3: Create a Shortcut for the Program

– Navigate to the program file’s location (either through File Explorer or by searching for it).

– Right-click on the program executable (.exe) file and select “Create shortcut”.

– Place this new shortcut in an accessible location (e.g., Desktop).

Step 4: Enable Admin Rights for the Shortcut

– Right-click on the newly created shortcut and select “Properties”.

– In the Properties window, navigate to the “Shortcut” tab.

– Click on the “Advanced” button, located at the bottom-right corner of the window.

– Check the box labeled “Run as administrator” and click on “OK“.

– Click on “Apply“, then click on “OK” again in the Properties window.

Note: It is essential only to grant such privileges to programs that you know are safe and trustworthy. Granting admin rights can potentially expose your computer to security threats if applied to compromised or malicious programs. Also, be sure users have been informed of the change and understand their new responsibilities, as improper use of these privileges can lead to difficulties in managing your Windows environment.


By following these steps, you can enable standard users to run a program with admin rights in Windows. This can be a useful tool when users need access to specific programs that require elevated permissions. However, exercise caution when granting these privileges and ensure that only reliable programs and responsible users are given such access. That way, you can balance both efficient work processes and system security.

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