Add Run as Administrator Context Menu Item for VBS and JS files

By default, Windows does not include the Run as Administrator option in the context menu for Vbscript (.VBS) and JScript (.JS) files. So, to run a script elevated, you either need to launch the script from elevated Command Prompt window, or use the VBScript self-elevation method as described in article How to Automatically Elevate a Vbscript to Run it as Administrator?

Besides that, you can add the Run as Administrator option to the context menu so that you can run a script elevated from the right-click menu.

Add “Run as Administrator” Context Menu option for VBScript and JScript files

Copy the following contents to Notepad and make a .reg file. Let’s say script_runas.reg

Double-click on the file to apply the settings to the registry. Click Yes when prompted.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\VBSFile\Shell\runas\Command]
@=hex(2):22,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,57,00,\
53,00,63,00,72,00,69,00,70,00,74,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,20,00,22,\
00,25,00,31,00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\JSFile\Shell\runas\Command]
@=hex(2):25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,00,25,\
00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,57,00,53,00,\
63,00,72,00,69,00,70,00,74,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,31,\
00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00

This .reg file adds the runas command for VBSFile and JSFile registry keys located here:



HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\VBSFile\Shell\runas
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\JSFile\Shell\runas

The hex codes in the above .reg file translate to the following command:

%SystemRoot%\System32\WScript.exe "%1" %*

Now, when you right-click a VBScript or JavaScript file, you’ll have an option to run it as administrator.

add run as administrator context menu for vbs files


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