Windows Vista users need to use the RunAs.exe console tool or the ShellRunas shell extension from Windows SysInternals to launch programs as a different user. Windows 7 includes the Run as different user feature as a built-in option in the right-click menu.
"Run as different user" option is different than "Run as administrator", because you don’t have to elevate. You can run as an admin user, but be running as that user with non-elevated credentials. Also, it supports net only credentials, which Run as Administrator doesn’t.
The Run as different user context menu option in Windows 7 is implemented as an extended menu, which is only displayed if you press and hold the SHIFT key when right-clicking on an executable file or its shortcut. This is one of the hidden menu items which I earlier wrote about.
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.