Windows 7 - Run As Administrator Not Working

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I'm having some issues on my Windows 7 Pro PC.  For quite some time I've been unable to use 'run as administrator'.  I mainly use this for the command prompt and need elevation to do what I need to do.

I've created a shortcut for the command prompt and do a right-click, run as administrator.  Same with if I do the ctrl+shift+enter when entering cmd in the run dialog.  I've turned UAC back on (it was off), turned it off and back on again - no love.  If I put UAC on, I do get the prompts when things try to install.

When I do attempt a run as administrator, regardless of the method I use, absolutely nothing happens.  The command prompt doesn't even open.  I've tried it with programs other than cmd, and I get the exact same thing -program doesn't open, no UAC dialog when UAC is turn on (and obviously no UAC dialog when it's off!)


Question by:JamesonJendreas
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    Have you tryed to change the properties for a shortcut, in compatibility tab, Check Run as administrator

    Have you used the command line runas command /user:administrator for workgroup
    runas command /user:domain\administrator for domain
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    RE: Compatability tab - it's grayed out - "Compatibility modes cannot be set on this program because it is part of this version of Windows"
    Command line did the trick, which is odd because I am logged in as the domain administrator.  Weird stuff
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