Sometimes it is required to run an application as a different user.
For example, you may want to run an elevated command prompt to execute some commands with administrative privileges.
In Windows, an executable file can be run as a different user from the File Explorer or using the command line.
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Run as Different User
Use one of the two methods below to run an application in Windows as a different user.
Method 1: Shift + Right-Click Context Menu
Hold down the
SHIFT key + right-click on the executable file you wish to run as different user and select “Run as different user” from the context menu.
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Method 2: Run as Different User via Command Line
runas command to run an application under a different user account from the Windows command line:
C:\> runas /user:<username> "<path>"
– example –
C:\> runas /user:Administrator "C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe"
After running the above command, you will be asked to enter the password of a user you want to run the application as.