How to run steam as administrator

How to run steam as administrator? Typically, on Windows, user account control ensures that a program can request higher privileges when needed. However, older applications in the command prompt or for certain maintenance tasks may require that you explicitly start a program with administrative privileges.

How to run steam as administrator

To run Windows programs as Admin

Right mouse click:

In the context menu of all executable program files and most links the menu item “Run as administrator” appears. If not, additionally press the Shift key before clicking the right mouse button. This also works in the Start menu, both for pinned entries (“Pin to Start Menu”) and for search results.


Even with links, you can specify in advance under which user account a program is running. It does not matter if the shortcut is on the desktop, in any folder, or in the Start menu. Right-click on the link and select “Properties” in the context menu. Go to the “Shortcut” tab, click on “Advanced” and tick the box “Run as administrator”. If the option is greyed out and therefore not activatable, it is a special link (“Advertised Shortcut”). Then you have to search for the executable file of the program and create a new link.

Taskbar and Start Menu:

Programs that you need frequently can be pinned to the taskbar and/or the Start menu. The entries then remain at the selected position. To do this, open the Start menu in Windows 7 or 10 and enter cmd as the search string, for example. Then click with the right mouse button on the search result “cmd” and select “Pin to taskbar” or “Pin to start menu”. For the shortcuts in the start menu, the menu item “Run as administrator” is also displayed here.

Most of the shortcuts, as well as the entries in the start menu, shown in the context menu the item “Run as administrator”.

But it works even faster:

Hold down the keys Ctrl and Shift and then click on the program icon in the taskbar or in the start menu. The user account control message indicates that this program should be started with administrative rights. All you have to do is confirm with “yes”. The Ctrl-Shift-trick also works with the entries that Windows has automatically placed in the Start menu.

Under Windows 8 this works accordingly. Use the search function on the “Start” page (“Metro” interface or “Modern UI Style”). Just enter the desired program name. Right-click on the search result and then click on “Attach to Taskbar” or “Attach to Start” at the bottom of the screen. With Ctrl-Shift and a mouse click, you start the pinned programs as an administrator.

For a command prompt with administrative rights, there is a quicker way in Windows 8: Press Win-X and then select “Command Prompt (Administrator)”.

An exception is only the Explorer; You can not start it with admin rights. However, there is a trick in this context: Go to the windows editor with admin rights and go to “File -> Open”. The following window will show an explorer view that will not only allow you to load files but copy, cut or delete files as well.

To start programs always as admin

There are also programs that should always be started in Administrator mode, for example, Captivate from Adobe. To specify the start with administrator rights, click on the program icon with the right mouse button and select “Properties” in the menu. In the following window, switch to the “Compatibility” tab, mark the “Run program as administrator” option and confirm the setting with “OK”.

However, this does not work for programs that are part of Windows. If necessary, they must continue to be started manually with administrator rights.

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