How To Run Programs As Administrator From The Windows 7 Start Menu Search

Run all programs as an administrator in windows 7 using shortcut keyMost of the time when you want to open a program in Windows 7 you can just search for it in the Start Menu and launch it from there.  Normally this works great, but it doesn’t automatically launch programs with administrator privileges.  Fortunately for those of us who need to run it as an administrator, there is a quick solution.

Step 1

Click the Start Menu Orb and Type in the name of the program that you would like to open.

Note: If there are multiple program results for your program you can use the Up and Down keys to highlight the desired one.

launch cmd from start menu in windows 7

Step 2

To open the program as an administrator, Press and Hold Shift + Ctrl and then Enter simultaneously.

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The program should now be open with elevated permissions, aka Administrator mode.



  1. voxpop

    December 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    i like this one!
    now if i only could figure out what to do with the error msg.”not associated with any program etc.”

    • MrGroove

      December 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Vox – If you have a computer questions or issue, just post it in our forum at and post your issue and a screenshot. One of us will be able to assist no problem.

  2. Vndvl

    April 3, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Thank you! This was very hepful :)

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