How to Run an Application as an Administrator on Windows 8

By | July 10, 2014


Windows always allows you to run any kind of software and applications without any issues but sometimes due to security purpose or to use the full resources of Windows we require to open few apps to “run as administrator“. However, the new UI in Windows 8 and 8.1 has changed the way that you can perform this task. This article shows the steps required to run a program as an administrator in Windows 8.

No longer can you run a program with all privileges with this new Windows 8, the same way as you did with Windows 7 or its predecessor, Windows Vista. However, running a program as an administrator in Windows 8 or 8.1 is a very simple task, I must say.

How to Run an Application as an Administrator on Windows 8

Step 1: Turn On your PC running and login to your account. As soon as you log in, Windows 8 will take you directly into the area known as the “Start Screen”, if you are on Windows 8.1 then you will directly see the Desktop. If you were on the desktop, just press the “Windows Logo” key on your keyboard to go to Start screen.

Step 2: If you can see the  application you want to run with administrator privileges then just right click on the app you want to run as administrator.


Step 3: A colored bar will appear at the bottom of the screen that contains several icons. Click the “Run as administrator” icon to run the program with elevated privileges. If a “User Account Control” dialog box shows up on screen, simply click “Yes” to proceed.


Note: Make sure that you should have configured an administrator account to use this facility otherwise you might get error doing this. By default, at the time of Windows installation, it automatically comes, so if you haven’t modified anything with the accounts and users then you won’t get any issue related to it.

Author: Galvin Carter

Galvin Carter, the Associate Editor at The Tech Bulletin, is a computer programmer by profession and a geek by passion. He likes to gather knowledge about current technologies, gadgets. Being an Android lover, his content revolves around Android. +GalvinCarter