How to run a program as administrator at startup in Windows 10

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In general, when we want to start an application as an administrator, we have several ways. Either by right-clicking on the application and selecting Run administrator dome or searching for it in the start menu. Whatever the form, it is something that we will have to do manually every time we open the application. However, it is also possible to configure them to always run with administrator rights every time we open them.

Run an application with administrator rights

When we use the Windows operating system, it allows us to create two types of users. On the one hand, there is the local user which is the one that usually uses the equipment, and on the other is the administrator. In the latter case, we have greater privileges that will allow us to configure, install or uninstall certain applications exclusively, something that local users could not do. That is why, on many occasions, we will have to run a program as an administrator to be able to have access to certain functions, that without them it would not be possible to access. In this way, the administrator rights are responsible for ensuring that the applications have all the permissions to perform any operation that they need on the computer.

However, this is something that can be dangerous so Windows always keeps these rights disabled by default. This is so, because the way it has to be protected is by allowing only users with administrator privileges to have the possibility to change files or use additional functions of certain applications. Generally, for everyday use, it will not be necessary to change any files on our system or use these applications, so these rights are hidden by default. In the event that we need it, it is possible to temporarily obtain administrator privileges or, as we will see below, have them permanently in the cases that we need them.

Always launch an application as an administrator

The first thing to do is open the Windows 10 Start menu and look for the application that we want to run with administrator rights. In this case, we are going to perform the operation with the Audacity application. Later we will click with the right button on it and a drop-down menu will appear. Here, we select “Open file location”.

Audacity open file location

Next, the File Explorer will open with the direct access to this application. On it we must click with the right button so that the contextual menu appears where we will select the “Properties” option.

Audacity properties

Within the “Direct Access” tab, we must select the “Advanced Options” button that we find at the bottom. This will open a new window, where we must activate the checkbox “Execute as an administrator”. Later, we click on “OK” to close the window and again click on “Apply” and “OK” so that all changes are saved.

Audacity run as administrator

Once we have completed all the steps, every time we start this application it will run automatically with administrator privileges. This operation can be reversed at any time. To do this, you will only have to follow all the previous steps again and deactivate the Run as administrator box in the last step.

Disable Control Settings

Once we have carried out the previous steps, we will always run the application with administrator rights. However, if we are using the default User Account Control Configuration, it will still be necessary to accept a new poster that will inform us that we are going to make changes to the equipment. This is something that we can eliminate and in this way achieve an even faster execution of the application.

What is the User Account Control Configuration for

The User Account Control Configurator is a Microsoft security tool developed to prevent intrusions from any malicious software that intends to make changes to our equipment without our authorization. We are not talking about an antimalware or an antivirus. It is simply a tool that will be in charge of notifying us when there are changes that are about to take place on our PC. In general, this application is configured by default by default so that it warns us whenever an application tries to make changes to the computer. In the event that we want to deactivate it, we must carry out the following steps.

Steps to disable the Control Settings

In the search box located next to the Start menu we must write «change user account control settings». We will see how the application appears in the Start menu and select it. A new window will open where, surely, we have it configured by default in the second step of the bar so default. Here, all we need to do is lower the bar tab to the last step of “Never notify me”. By doing this, we are telling the system never to notify us when applications try to install software or make changes to the computer, or when we make changes to Windows settings. Finally, click on Accept to confirm the changes.

Disable User Account Control Settings

Once these simple steps have been carried out, when we run an application that we have configured to always run as administrator, it will be launched without any warning message appearing, so we will gain speed. Of course, we must be clear about the risks. In the event that we inadvertently download malicious software, it may make changes to your computer or install itself without notifying us. Due to this, we must know that there is always a small risk factor, and it depends on each one if they decide to deactivate it or not.