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Windows 7: "Run as admin" and "open with.. as admin" from contextual menu

21 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
"Run as admin" and "open with.. as admin" from contextual menu

Hello everyone,

I've just upgraded to Windows 7 after so many years of XP.

I quite often need to edit files within the program files folder, or local settings, ... Windows now has included security where you need confirmation/authentication to do something system-wide. Now, I do like this feature, so I don't want to deactivate UAC.

However, I find it quite intrusive, not to say annoying that these files cannot be opened easily. If I'm browsing somewhere random and I want to open an INI or INF file, the system does not ask for my password and then run Notepad, it just tells me that I don't have the rights to do so. Moreover, I cannot just open my editing application as admin from the start menu, and then drag & drop the file into it; no. I have to use file -> open, travel all the way around the drive, find the file, and click "open". This slows me down massively.

Is there a way to add "open as administrator" for files (not only for applications/shortcuts)? I found a way to add it for specific file extensions, but I cannot seem to find a way to add it for every extension. Moreover, I would like to have the "open with" menu, the same as the regular one, but for running the apps as admin, because I need it quite often.

Can anyone help me on these two issues?


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