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May 20 2008   4:47PM GMT

[HowTo] Have the Windows Explorer shell as a different user

alessandro.panzetta Alessandro Panzetta Profile: alessandro.panzetta

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You know that you can RUNAS almost everything in a Windows machine…indeed “almost” means that not all the programs, utilities and tools can be RUNASed, especially the Windows Explorer that is really useful when changing file/folder ACL, opening the control panel with admin privileges and other tasks where you obvioulsy need it.

Normally you should logoff the user, logon with admin account and perform your task, but there’s a trick to have the Windows Explorer open with admin privileges.

  1. At the command prompt type your RUNAS command (e.g. RUNAS /USER:DOMAIN\UBERADMIN CMD) and provide your password
  2. Once the new command is open with the admin account, move to the C:\PROGRAM FILES\INTERNET EXPLORER folder (it may be in a different directory depending on your locale settings or installation) and launch IEXPLORE C:\

Et voilà, this will open Internet Explorer but on local drives (it is always the same shell) with your admin privileges activated.

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  • Suzanne Wheeler
    I've used this many times and I think of it as one of those techniques you tend to forget about when you're not using it. Thanks for the reminder on one of my favorite time-saving Windows tricks!
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  • Simeonov23
    You can run Windows Explorer under different credentials as well. The only thing is type at the end (after runas "/separate". it will look like something like this: RUNAS /USER:DOMAINUSERID "C:WINDOWSEXPLORER.EXE /separate"
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