Run as administrator doesn't work

Hello, so I have a problem with an executable I created.

Let me start from the beginning: I'm sysadmin at a school, 2 servers. 1 server is for telephony, the other one is a windows data server, dhcp and dns server.

All notebooks used in classes are accessed by users with standard accounts.

I need to make it so that these notebooks work as wifi access points. I tried out all imaginable software and they all have one problem: the password is very easy to see or unhide. I need students to NOT know the password.

So that's what came to mind: I created a batch file with the following commands.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=”***” key="***”
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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They must be executed with admin rights obviously.

I then created an exe out of the batch file using a specific software, and it works. Again, I have to execute it with admin rights.

So, the problem is, I've tried to create a shortcut with runas:

runas /user:DomainName\Administrator /savecred “C:\Path\To\Program.exe“

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But it doesn't work as it should, it doesn't seem to actually run as admin, so nothing happens.

There are no error messages or anything.

So I was wondering, do you see something wrong in my reasoning, do you have any ideas?

Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAsked:
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Frans BrouwerSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
try local admin on system instead of domain admin
Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
I'll try that. I'll have to create it because I don't think there's a local admin anymore.
As far as I know it's not possible to use runas to launch an elevated process.
Be aware that runas does not provide the ability to launch an application with an elevated access token, regardless of whether it is a standard user with privileges like a Backup Operator or an administrator. The runas command grants the user the ability to launch an application with different credentials. The best method to use to launch an application with a different account is to perform the action programmatically by using a service and not rely on the user to run the component as a different user. If your program programmatically uses the runas command, ensure that it is not intended to launch an elevated process.

An alternative would be to create a scheduled task to run the exe, and specify the user with Administrative permissions and also enable the option "Run with highest privileges".

Open the Task Scheduler
Create New Task (not basic)
Name: HostedNetwork
Select the correct user to run the task.
Select Run whether user is logged on or not
Select Run with higest privileges
Actions tab: New, browse to the exe and click OK
Conditions tab: Uncheck Start the task only if the computer is on AC power
Settings tab: Stop the task if it runs longer than: 1 hour

Add NTFS read permissions for Authenticated Users on

Then create a shortcut to the scheduled task:
schtasks.exe /Run /TN "HostedNetwork"

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Daniele BrunengoIT Consultant, Web DesignerAuthor Commented:
I actually didn't need the last two steps, since the exe needs to run at startup. I configured the task to run after any user's login and it works like a charm, thanks!
Very good to hear that it works fine.
You're welcome and thanks too.
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