How to prompt a user for run-as credentials when double-clicking an icon?

As an IT administrator, you may need to prompt a user for run-as credentials when double-clicking an icon. This is a common requirement for applications or other programs that need to be run in an elevated mode or with specific permissions. Fortunately, this is a relatively straightforward process, and with the right knowledge, you can set it up quickly and easily.

The first step is to identify the program or application that needs to be run as an elevated user. Once that is determined, you will need to create a shortcut to the program or application on the user’s desktop. This can be done using the Windows shortcut creation wizard. Once the shortcut has been created, right-click it and select “Properties.”

In the Properties window, select the “Shortcut” tab and then click the “Advanced” button. This will open a dialog box. Select the “Run As Administrator” checkbox and click “OK.” This will enable the user to run the program as an elevated user when they double-click the shortcut.

The next step is to set up the run-as credentials. This is done by right-clicking the shortcut again and selecting “Run As.” This will open a dialog box where you can select the user name and password of the account that should be used to run the program. This can be either a local user account or a domain user account.

Once the credentials have been set up, the user can now double-click the shortcut to launch the program as an elevated user. Depending on the program in question, the user may be prompted for additional details such as a password, or may need to accept a user agreement.

It is important to note that the user will not need to enter the credentials every time they double-click the shortcut. Once they have entered the credentials, they will be stored so they don’t have to enter them again. This makes it easy for users to run programs as an elevated user without having to remember the credentials.

This is a relatively simple process, but it is one that can save administrators a lot of time and hassle. By following the steps outlined above, you can quickly and easily set up run-as credentials for a user when double-clicking an icon. This will ensure that the user can run the program as an elevated user when they need to, and that the credentials are securely stored so they don’t have to be entered each time.

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