Once again, I decided to pick the brains of my friends over at the official Twitter account for Microsoft Windows to find out what it is people are asking them the most often. They were only too happy to send me a list so that I can try and help give some solid answers to the community. Keep in mind that while you may already know the answer to these types of questions – many people do not. This time around, we’re going to talk about the necessity of the “Run as Administrator” command – why, when and how.
The first thing you need to know is that if a program wasn’t designed to be run as an Administrator, then don’t do it! You shouldn’t give admin access to anything that isn’t absolutely necessary to help keep your machine secure. Why let an executable run amok – using up a ton of resources it really doesn’t need – if you don’t have to?
If a program isn’t give you enough privileges, then you may want to try running it as an Administrator. Perhaps you are running an installer and the software didn’t install fully. You might want to redo it by choosing the “Run as Administrator” option in cases like these.
There are many ways of running a program as an Administrator. One of the ways is to turn off the User Account Control (UAC). I don’t necessarily recommend that option, though. You could potentially expose your computer to some really bad things.
You can pull it up from the task menu and run it as an admin from there, or you can go straight to the .exe and right click, then choose to “Run as an Administrator.” Notice that just to the left of those words is a little warning icon. It’s asking you if you’re sure you want to do this! I mean, really.. you’re granting a whole lot of privileges to one tiny little executable. It’s always good to make sure you know why you’re doing this and whether it’s necessary.
Using Run as Administrator isn’t only reserved for software installations. Any time a program just isn’t doing what it should be, it could be due to your giving the wrong amount of access to your system. Also, there are times that you will need to update drivers as an Administrator.