running file explorer in windows 8.1 as different user

Not to be confused with the run as administrator option, trying to run file explorer using different credentials. I have seen several posts with this issue, but now real solutions. I am using:

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /netonly /user:<Username> "C:\Windows\explorer.exe"

does not work. (does work for all other EXE's and MSC's)

I did see one post where someone recommended launching a cmd window as administrator, and a runas and the launching explorer.exe from there. However, that still does not seem to use the credentials specified.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So far as I know, there is NO Run as Different User. You can Run as Administrator and for the login, provide the local user name and password you wish to use and see if that works.

Otherwise, log out and log in as the different user.

Windows Explorer and Control Panel are built into the fundamentals of Windows and not meant to be changed in the way you want.

Notepad (different and an application) can easily be Run as Administrator.

I think you will have to log out and log in as the user you want.
The issue is that Explorer is not like "all other EXE's and MSC's", because it displays the main user's Desktop as well.
You can use a third-party Explorer for that.
A nice one (because it doesn't require installation, and you can configure it to display the user name as well as the privilege level in the title bar, which helps avoid confusion) is Explorer++:
One other example is Free Commander,, but there's a lot of them.

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