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I am logged on with a restricted account on my windows XP machine with window 2003 domain. I want to open windows explorer with an administrator account so that I have full permissions on the files. I can use runas to open other programs like computer management with admin account but can't open windows explorer with admin account.

I am not interested in using any third party tools.
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Heh... There is a little trick... You can not run explorer.exe, but you can run iexplore.exe from c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ instead... :)
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Hi

Make a shortcut of explorer.exe on ur desktop,
Right click the shortcut , click Run As.. , and give admin creddentials , ( in the Following User )..

That's it , click OK , and enjoy!!
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Saurabh

I tried the option that you have me but it doesn't work.Have you tried the solution.
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by:Saurabh Dua
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Of course I've done it.. What error it gave when u tried it..
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I don't get any error, after I type my admin password nothing happens.
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by:Saurabh Dua
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Ok, so u're not getting the file access, in that case u can do this:
1. Right click the drive ( e,g, C: ) > properties.
2. Go to security Tab
3. Add ur user ID,and give full permissions.
4. Apply this change to all files and subfolders when asked next..

I hope it helps..
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life_j, you CANNOT start another copy of explorer! Use IExplorer instead. It works EXACTLY as standard explorer.
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by:JBkiller
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This is frustrating.
In windows 2000/XP had to cache the the domain admin account. open up folder options and check off "launch folder windows in a seperate process"

I never used Vista, but 7 looks promising. It looks like i may have to make my regular account a domain admin now and lock down UAC.
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