When logged in as a user how can I log into a folder as a diff user

I remember seeing this somewhere but I don't remember how it is done.

Let's say I'm on a users computer and I need to access a folder with Admin access only which he does not have access too. I do not want to log off the computer and log back in as an Admin. How can I access this folder without having to first log off as him and log back in as Admin to access this folder?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Use the RUNAS command/Service to start an instance of Windows Explorer as the admin user.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I know your on 2000, but for XP, you might want to read this - should also work for 2000 actually.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
There's also this link:

And though not speaking of RUNAS, does mention ways of starting explorer with folder views:
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hold down the right shift key and right click the file select run as
David LeeCommented:
Map a network drive to the drive containing the folder using your credintials.
Can you add administrator to the user's group and give your self full permissions
Create a mapping using a different account :

Go to Tools Map Network Drive
For the folder give \\computername\share
share can be c$ or d$ or admin$ ...
Remark you can use the computername name on the computer you are working on.
Click "Different Username and
give your Administrator credentials.
Disable "Reconnect at logon"

In a dos Box use without the quotes : "net use z: \\%computername%\c$ * /u:Administrator"
where is just the variable environmant %computername%

Do not forget to remove the mapping before you leave the computer.

And voilà !
In the net use command * asks you to type your password.
So it is invisible by the user.
I find this simplest...

go to START > Run > "\\\c$"

it will ask for username and password to connect... give admin user and password... voila... you have access to whole C drive with admin rights...

if want access to D: Drive then type "\\\d$"


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If you have the Windows 2000 Resource Kit CD, there's a program included on it that's similar to the UNIX su command (Super User), which should allow you to temporarily pretend to be another user.  The program might also be available as a free download from the Microsoft Windows 2000 Resource Kit website, as some of the tools are.
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