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I have a .net application that i would like to use to launch some vbs scripts as an admin.  Normally I launch a command window within Windows 7 as administrator and can run the vbs scripts.  I have tried to use the below code, but it's not working.  Any ideas?


 Dim starthttpWatch As New System.Diagnostics.Process
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.WorkingDirectory = "c:\"
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = True
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.FileName = "cmd.exe"
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.Arguments = "\c C:\Temp\WorkstationMonitor\Enable-httpwatch-v2.0.vbs"
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = False
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.UserName = strPPAccount
            starthttpWatch.StartInfo.Password = pwd
            starthttpWatch.Start()
            starthttpWatch.WaitForExit()
            starthttpWatch.Dispose()
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by:chadmanvb
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I see I can do this with runas, but I would prefer for the user to not enter the creds again.  I already have them do this when my aplication starts to cache the password to run other task.  This works, but I prefer a way to avoid the dialog box since I already have the user/passwork within the application

Dim procInfo As New ProcessStartInfo()
            procInfo.UseShellExecute = True
            procInfo.FileName = "CMD.exe"
            procInfo.Arguments = "/c C:\Temp\WorkstationMonitor\Enable-httpwatch-v2.0.vbs " & strWorkstation
            procInfo.WorkingDirectory = Application.StartupPath
            procInfo.Verb = "runas"
            Process.Start(procInfo)
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You can also set the username and password properties of the ProcessStartInfo to use with RunAs.
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by:chadmanvb
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Thanks!  That did work after I set usershellexecute to false.  I was trying another appoach, but still not sure what way I want to use.  I was looking at just starting my app as a admin by changing the
  <requestedExecutionLevel  level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false" />

in the app.manifest.  This also seems to work well and forces users to enter the user/password the first time they launch the application.
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