How to Run Programs as Administrator (Elevated) without UAC Prompt

Recently, I came across a brilliant tip on how to run programs elevated without getting the User Account Control (UAC) prompt. This can be done without turning off the UAC and hence it does not compromise system security.

How to Run Programs elevated without UAC Prompt

You can run apps elevated (as administrator) without getting the UAC elevation prompt when logged in to an administrator account. The trick to bypass UAC is to create a scheduled task (with highest privileges) for each program that you want to run, and then invoke the scheduled task item manually using schtasks.exe. The following instructions apply to all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

Step 1: Creating a Scheduled Task

  1. Launch Task Scheduler (taskschd.msc)
  2. Right-click Task Scheduler Library category in the left, and choose New Folder
  3. Name the folder as MyApps

  4. Select the MyApps folder
  5. In the Actions pane on the right, click Create Task…

  6. Type a name for the task that you want to create.
  7. Enable the option Run with highest privileges. This is the most important step.
  8. In the Action tab, click New
  9. Click Browse… to select the program (Example: Regedit.exe) you want to run and mention the parameters required if any, for the application. For example, to execute a .reg file, select regedit.exe and mention the parameter as /s filename.reg with the full path.

    To run Services MMC applet, browse and select MMC.EXE and type services.msc in the Add arguments (optional) field.

    Some of the programs that I use frequently are:

    Application Command-line used
    Services MMC mmc.exe services.msc
    Device Manager mmc.exe devmgmt.msc
    Registry Editor c:\windows\regedit.exe
    Admin Command Prompt c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe

Step 2: Launching a Scheduled Task item manually

To run a scheduled task item manually, use the schtasks.exe command-line tool that comes with Windows. For example, to launch the Services console task that you already created, use the following command:

SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN \MyApps\SERVICESMMC

Note: Where SERVICESMMC is the Taskname (see Fig 1). You’ll need to enclose the task name within double-quotes if the task name contains blank spaces in between. (Example: SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN "Name of the Task")

To launch the Registry Editor task, run the following command:

SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN \MyApps\REGEDIT

(If the folder name \MyApps\ is not mentioned, you’ll see the error message ERROR: The system cannot find the file specified when attempting to run the task.)

If you’ve created the Tasks in the Task Scheduler library (without creating a separate folder in Tasks Scheduler), you can simply mention the task name like below:

SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN task_name

Creating desktop shortcuts to run each Task

You can create a desktop shortcut for each scheduled task item you’ve created earlier. Right-click on the Desktop and choose New, Shortcut. Type the command-line (e.g., SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN \MyApps\REGEDIT). Mention a name for the shortcut and click Finish.

Run the task minimized



As Schtasks.exe is a console utility, you’ll see the Command Prompt window opening and closing quickly whenever you run the shortcut. So, you may configure the shortcut to run in a minimized window state, in the shortcut properties.

  • Right-click on the shortcut and click Properties.
  • In the Run drop-down options, choose Minimized
  • Click OK.

Note: In the shortcut properties, you may want to click Change Icon and assign an appropriate icon for the shortcut. The icons should be present inside the executable itself, in most cases. For Regedit.exe, browse to Regedit.exe and choose an icon. You may also browse the shell32.dll and imageres.dll files for additional icons.

Here are the shortcuts that I created to launch frequently used programs in my system, and I’ve moved them to the Taskbar Toolbar for easy access. Note that you can also Pin the shortcuts to the Start menu if you wish.

This way you can launch your frequently used programs elevated without getting the User Account Control prompt and without relaxing the security settings of your computer. Note that the above UAC bypass method works only if you’re logged in as administrator and there is no question of privilege escalation issues here.


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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.

10 thoughts on “How to Run Programs as Administrator (Elevated) without UAC Prompt”

  1. Shortcut path NEEDS to include folder:

    [will not work]
    SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN Cmd

    [will work]
    SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN \MyApps\Cmd

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  2. worked for me and do not see the UAC prompt, but I did something wrong, I put the “regedit” as instructed, but delete it, and put it back, and now the UAC Prompt appears as before. can anyone help?

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  3. Thanks Gui,
    I ran into exactly the same thing, well done!

    Gui Talarico:
    Shortcut path NEEDS to include folder:
    [will not work]
    SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN Cmd
    [will work]
    SCHTASKS.EXE /RUN /TN \MyApps\Cmd

    Reply
  4. I created a shortcut to start the CMD prompt using this method:
    C:\Windows\System32\schtasks.exe /RUN /TN \MyApps\CMD_AsAdmin
    where CMD_AsAdmin is the elevated task created as indicated in this article.
    When I run it, I can see what I think is the CMD window opening and closing very quickly. How can I open the command window so that it stays open?

    Reply
    • @Rick: Just tested it works fine. Are you logged on to an administrator account?
      Can you upload the task xml?

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