How to Run a Program as a Different User in Windows 7 and Windows 8
This will show you how to run a program as if it was running from a different user account on your computer while you are still logged on to your user account in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
This will only affect this instance of the program running, so you can open multiple instances of this progam as a different user per instance. Closing the program will end that program's instance running for that user.
The Secondary Logonservice needs to be set to Manual and not be disabled. By default, it is set to Manual unless changed.
To "Run as different user" using Context Menu
1. Press and hold the Shift key and right click on the program's shortcut or BAT, CMD, EXE, MSC, or MSI file, then click/tap on Run as different user. (See screenshot below)
2. Type in the user name and password of the user account that you want to run this program as. (see screenshot below) NOTE:If the user account is on a domain, then you would use UserName@Domain or Domain\UserName for the user name instead.
3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.
4. The program will now be running as that user.
5. When done, simply close the program to stop it from running as that user.
To "Run as different user" from Start Application Bar
2. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below) NOTE:You would substitute USER-NAME in the command with the actual name of the user account that you want to run the program as. If the user account is on a domain, then you would use UserName@Domain or Domain\UserName for the user name instead.
In windows xp if you did this you would see that the window is running as an administrator. Is that display no longer available with Windows 7? How do you know that you are running lets say, explorer.exe from an admin account? I have tried the Shift Right Click and selected Run As a Different user and there is nothing showing I am running it as an administrator. Is there a feature I need to enable? Thanks for your help.
We do get that dialog box, and when we login with Admin Credentials it opens a seperate Window. When the user trys to complete items in the Windows it says permissions denied and it worked in XP. Just trying to figure out what the cause would be. Thanks
Run as administrator would be different than "Run as Different User". You should be able to right click on the application, and click on "Run as administrator". If you are not in a administrator account, it would then ask you for that computer administrator's user name and password.
I have a question that is a slight variation from the above.
How can you store the desire to run as a different user in the desktop shortcut as we were able to do in XP?
In XP you could right click on the shortcut icon, select properties, advanced option in the Shortcut tab of properties let you choose an option to run with different credentials. I may have missed it, but I see nothing similar in 7.