Run as administrator does not work in Windows 10

When you attempt to run a program elevated by right-clicking on it and clicking Run as administrator, nothing may happen. However, programs that run elevated by default (without manually needing to start elevated), show up the User Account Control (UAC) dialog and start correctly.

The same issue may happen when you access the Win + X menu shortcuts. Some or all of the Win + X shortcuts may fail to work.

This problem has nothing to do with the User Account Control slider level settings.

Run as administrator does not work in Windows 10

If the “Run as administrator” command in the right-click menu doesn’t work, a buggy context menu handler shell extension added by a third-party program is most likely the root cause. Many programs — e.g., as SVN, Airdroid, WinZip, and Notepad++ add context menu handlers.

But how to know which particular context menu handler is the culprit?

We’ve seen many shell extension issues in Windows and fixed the problems using the excellent ShellExView utility. Using ShellExView from Nirsoft.net you can disable a group of 3rd party context menu handlers at a time, restart explorer and test. By this procedure, you can easily narrow down the context menu handler shell extension that’s blocking the Run as administrator command.



troubleshoot right click Issues Caused by Shell Extensions - shellexview

For full instructions, see the article Slow Right Click and Explorer Crashes Caused by Shell Extensions.

Here are some comments from users who were facing this problem:

I found Airdroid to be the one here which disturbed the context menu. However, uninstalling Airdroid didn’t work because the only thing not removed was C:\Program Files (x86)\AirDroid\Plugins\AirContextMenu.dll so I changed the extension (AirContextMenu.dll.whatever).

Tried so many things… Quick SFV was the culprit.

The more I read about similar problems, it sounded like it had something to do with programs that put items in the context menus. I have a few programs that did that, including 7zip. I also had a program called QuickSFV which put a couple options in the context menu. Once I removed that, my Run as Administrator and Manage options worked again. 7zip context menus are fine, it was the very old QuickSFV program that seemed to screw things up!

I had the same problem with QuickSFV and it caused the issue.

Having run ShellExView and finding the only thing installed at that time other than windows stuff was Avast Antivirus. Disabling the 2 extensions of this plus a reboot fixed the issue.

I suspected a program “Memeo LifeAgent” backup software (which came with Seagate USB drive) and found the context menu handler in the registry, exported it for backup, and deleted the key.

“rinse and repeat” cutting down the list by half each time swapping the selection until finding the culprit. In my case it was “Express Zip File Compression – Context Menu”, left this one disabled (to be uninstalled) and all now works.

Going by the users’ feedback, QuickSFV and Express Zip File Compression software seem to be the culprit in most cases.


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