Start Windows Explorer as administrator in a user account

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Here's a quick tip explaining how you can start Windows Explorer as an administrator in a user account. In administrator account, open Explorer. In the tools menu, choose the folder options. Open the folder view and mark "launch folder windows" in a separate process. When you do this, you can start Explorer in any user account with the command: runas /u:administrator Explorer. Note, you must know the user password.

The same result will be reached if you start Internet Explore as an administrator (using the same working password) and choose View -> Explorer Bar -> Folders. The first tip is for more permanent use.

This was first published in April 2005

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