Opening Explorer shell with admin privileges on XP (with IE7 installed)
I used to demote my user account so that it had no admin priveleges and used a 'sudo-like' trick where you create a shortcut to IE6 and enabled the 'Run with different credentials' option to open a shell window as local admin so I could install and uninstall things, etc.
When I upgraded to IE7 this stopped working - IE7 launches Windows Explorer separately.
I've tried running Windows Explorer with different credentials but this does not work.
Does anyone know how to re-enable this behaviour so that I don't have to run my computer on a daily basis with administrator privileges?
I always use the following command to launch a separate explorer shell on XP/IE7. Looks like /separate switch is undocumented. Haven't seen it much on web, till recently.
Use this syntax in "Target" of an Explorer.exe shortcut: runas /user:ComputerName\AdminName "C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe /separate"
Replace ComputerName with yours (may be your Domain), ditto AdminName. Remember, all this above goes in the "Target" field of a Shortcut to C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Enter the Admin password in the Pop up Command Prompt and you should see the separate explorer shell (running under the administrator account
If you change the Toolbar Background of Explorer while logged in as the Admin using gpedit.msc (for xp Pro), when you start a RunAs Admin Explorer instance from the User session, you will see the unique background... and KNOW you're running Admin Explorer. Instructions here: http://tweaks.com/windows/36795/change-browser-toolbar-background/ My Example: I have tested this on XP x64 with IE7 and it works great.
In Windows XP, you can run Windows Explorer as any other user, including "Administrator", by following the "Option 2" instructions on Aaron Margosis's blog post entitled RunAs with Explorer: http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/archive/2004/07/07/175488.aspx.
Log onto the machine as the user that you eventually want to RunAs.
Navigate to the Folder Options control panel, and check the option "Launch folder windows in a separate process".
I use this all the time, and so I have included the following *.cmd script in my new machine build process:
rem Tested on Windows XP only!
reg load "HKU\TempDefaultProfileHive" "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\..\Default User\ntuser.dat"
reg add "HKU\TempDefaultProfileHive\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" /v "SeparateProcess" /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
reg unload "HKU\TempDefaultProfileHive"
This script turns on the "Launch folder windows in a separate process" setting for all new profiles that are created based on the machine's default user profile.
All the pieces to the puzzle have been posted, but they just need to be put together.
To run Windows Explorer as Administrator under a non-Administrator account, you have to:
log into the computer as the Administrator
open Windows Explorer
goto the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
goto the View tab and check Launch folder windows in a separate process
If you log into the computer as a non-Administrator, running
runas /user:administrator explorer.exe
will now work. This can probably be set via the registry, but I think this is the easiest way.
You can use runas.exe to run a program (for instance a windows console) under different credentials. I have a shortcut on my desktop called 'su' that links to this:
If your question relates to your own computer, I cannot recommend SudoWin enough: it allows you to perform the "sudo" trick (supposedly a well-known Linux/Unix command) under Windows. In other words: it lets you run programs under your own account, but with admin privileges. This means that programs retain the preferences and settings they would have if they would run under your account (registry, user profile), but then with admin privileges, protected by the password of your own account. It's a feature you can't live without once you've got to know it, and the implementation is great!
[EDIT] And did I mention it's completely free (open source)?
I'm not sure if this link solves your problem, but it boils down to:
Shift-Right Click -> Run As...
Enter Administrator credentials
Best you might be able to do is check the "Open Folder in new Process" option (or something like that), then do runas. Caveats include:
All folder windows must be closed, or it'll reuse the existing process token
It's slightly slower
To revert out of admin mode, you'll need to close all folder windows
Any windows opened while in admin mode will also be adminned
This is a trick for Vista's UAC - YMMV on XP, and with a completely separate account.
I'd recommend just getting yourself another filemanager for admin tasks. Xplorer2 seems usable to me.
This works well for me:
runas /u:administrator "explorer /separate"
I can use it just as well for a domain user that has local adimin and have access to his network shares as well!
runas /u:domain\username "explorer /separate"
I can also spec a share if needed and BooM! Explorer opens up at that folder :)
I am loged in as a non privileged User in a Treminal Server domain
From "Start" -> "Run" Open: runas.exe /u:administrator "explorer.exe /separate"
After hitting "OK" a "CMD" Window opens, asking for the machins "Administrator password", and "PLING" a brand new Explorer Windowe opens. Now you can do all of your file handeling as if you were loged into the Administrator account.