There are lots of situations where you need to run an application with administrative privileges using the “Run as administrator” option. The problem is, sometimes the option “Run as Administrator” is not working or missing due to some reason. To fix this issue, you’ll need to follow the following steps.

Problem:

  • Nothing happens when I click on “Run As Administrator” (Run as administrator is not working).
  • “Run as administrator” is missing.

 

Fix Run As Administrator not working




Solution:

There are 4 methods to fix this issue that include registry tweaks, creating file shortcuts, PC reset option etc. Follow the steps below.

How to Fix Run as Administrator not working / missing in Windows 7, 8, 10

Method 1:

  1. The first method is that after right-click on any desktop icon and choosing the option “open file location”.
    run as administrator change settings step1
  2. In the folder, right click on the “.exe” application icon go to “Properties
    run as administrator change settings step2
  3. Choose the “Advanced” option.
    run as administrator change settings step3
  4. From there, you can check the “Run as Administrator” checkbox.
    run as administrator change settings step4

If you are lucky then this method will allow you to run the application as administrator but if this method is also not working then go to the next solution.

Method 2:

  1. The second solution is that you again go to “open file location”.
    run as administrator change settings step1
  2. Right click on the application icon and again choose “open file location” in the prompt box.
    Replace the file step1
  3. Then you will copy the original file from the system32 folder (c:\windows\system32\).
  4. Use the “paste shortcut” option in the original file location.
    Replace the file step3
  5. Then copy the name of the original file and delete the original file.
    Replace the file step4
  6. Now rename the copied file with original name that you have copied.
    Replace the file step5

Now the option run as administrator will work. If it still not working then move to the next solution.

Method 3:

The third step that will now work for you is to use the registry edit option.

  1. Search for Registry Editor and click on it.
    Fix run as administrator issue through registry step1
  2. Then click on “computer” and then “HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT” then click on “*” then “Shellex” then “Contextmenuhandlers”.
    Fix run as administrator issue through registry step2
  3. Here you will have to delete some suspected entries if you are not using right click context menu for that application.
    Fix run as administrator issue through registry step4

Method 4:

  1. You can use the option “Reset this PC”.
  2. Click on Get Started.
    Reset PC step2
  3. Here you have two options, “keep my files” and “remove everything”. I will suggest you to click on “keep my files” and move forward.
    Reset PC step3
  4. If you choose this option then all the installed applications will be uninstalled. This is due to which I will not suggest you to try this method. If other methods will not work then you can implement this method.
    Reset PC step4

Then you can see that the “Run as Administrator” option will always work on any desktop icon. Now you can see the run as administrator option will work with CMD, Powershell and other applications. I hope the solution number 4 will work on your PC. If somehow this method is not working then you can reset your PC.

Friends, I hope that you can solve the problems related to “Run as Administrator” over any desktops, PCs and servers. Thank You…

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