How to Run a Program as SYSTEM (LocalSystem) Account in Windows

Many Windows system files and registry keys are owned by the SYSTEM (a.k.a LocalSystem) account, which has a high privilege level. If you need to modify a registry key owned by the SYSTEM account, there are at least two options. The first option that comes to your mind is to take ownership of the corresponding … Read more

Open Command Prompt in Current Folder Using Keyboard Shortcut

There are at least a couple of ways to open Command Prompt in the current folder path from a folder window. The two widely used options include running cmd.exe from the File Explorer address bar and using the Open Command window here option from the folder background context menu. But, no built-in option exists to … Read more

How to Install CAB and MSU Updates from Windows Update Catalog?

Installing updates via Windows Update can be problematic sometimes. Downloads may stall at a specific stage either due to problems with the Windows Update server or the Content Delivery Network (CDN) that hosts the update in your region. It could also be possible that the Windows Update or BITS Services configuration on the local computer … Read more

Find Which Process Has Locked a File Without 3rd Party Tools


When you attempt to delete a file or folder which is in use by a process, the File In Use dialog appears showing the name of the program that has locked the file. However, there are cases where the “File In Use” dialog doesn’t show the name of the process that has a lock on … Read more

How to Block Command Prompt Access for Specific Users

Sometimes you may want to prevent a particular user from opening the Command Prompt window (cmd.exe) for a number of valid reasons. This article explains how to prevent specific users from opening the Command Prompt or running Windows Batch files.

Show “Run as different user” Command in Windows 10 Start Screen

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The “Run as different user” context menu option allows you to run bat, cmd, exe, msc or msi files as another user. This context menu option is not shown by default for Pinned items in Windows 10 Start screen, but can be added using a registry setting or Group Policy.

How to Automatically Elevate a Batch file to Run it as Administrator?

To elevate batch files manually, you would right-click on it and choose Run as Administrator. Here is a way to automatically elevate a batch file that requires elevated privileges to run correctly. This is equivalent to choosing “Run as Administrator” by right-clicking a batch file. In either case, the UAC prompt would still show up.

Win+X Command Prompt Admin File Association Error; Run As Administrator Missing

When you right-click on an executable file or a shortcut, the Run as Administrator may be missing. From Windows 10 Start menu, if you right-click a program, click More and select Run as administrator, nothing may happen. Right-clicking Start and clicking Command Prompt (Admin) or PowerShell (Admin) may launch some another application or causes the … Read more