Windows 10: How to run File Explorer as Administrator

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
  1.    07 Aug 2015 #1

    How to run File Explorer as Administrator


    What I don't understand is why with administrator rights, I can't access or delete files or even save files to the Windows folder.

    I also don't have the option if I right click to run File Explorer with Administrator rights.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	NonAdmin.jpg 
Views:	6 
Size:	155.8 KB 
ID:	29268

    If I Right Click on another Application I get to run as Administrator

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Admin.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	157.0 KB 
ID:	29270

    Here are File Explorer properties; as you can see the olption to run as Administrator is grayed out

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	AdminProp.jpg 
Views:	462 
Size:	81.0 KB 
ID:	29274
    Last edited by WightWalker; 07 Aug 2015 at 14:57.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 28
    Windows 10 Pro/Home, Debian testing
       07 Aug 2015 #2

    Because "File Explorer" on Start is not really an application, it's much like a placeholder or quick access link to explorer.exe (and you can configure a third party file manager to replace Windows default explorer.exe if you want).

    You can however use "File Explorer" to open C:\Windows folder, find explorer.exe there, right click and choose "Run as administrator".
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    08 Aug 2015 #3

    cameos said: View Post
    Because "File Explorer" on Start is not really an application, it's much like a placeholder or quick access link to explorer.exe (and you can configure a third party file manager to replace Windows default explorer.exe if you want).

    You can however use "File Explorer" to open C:\Windows folder, find explorer.exe there, right click and choose "Run as administrator".
    That works fine, but I still don't understand why, as an administrator, with administrator rights, I still can't delete some files. I've tried taking ownership but with no success.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    08 Aug 2015 #4

    It is a security thing, to minimize the damage a malicious program might do. It is called User Account Control - UAC.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    08 Aug 2015 #5

    WightWalker said: View Post
    That works fine, but I still don't understand why, as an administrator, with administrator rights, I still can't delete some files. I've tried taking ownership but with no success.
    What files do you want to delete?

    It's not the administrator rights. You need to set the permissions and in order to do that you may need to take ownership. If you can't do that from your admin account then activate the super admin account.

    Alternatively make a bootable USB or DVD with Hiren's BootCD on it.

    Boot to Linux and have at it.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.   My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    08 Aug 2015 #7

    pal said: View Post
    It is a security thing, to minimize the damage a malicious program might do. It is called User Account Control - UAC.
    Has already been set Never Notify.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  8.    08 Aug 2015 #8

    Thanks, I'll give the registry entry a go as I've read that Unlocker adds a toolbar & is reported as a Trojan by some.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    08 Aug 2015 #9

    The UAC slider is not enough. You need a registry edit to disable it completely, which has the side-effect of breaking the store apps.

    If you do want to do this, run the following from CMD:
    Code:
    C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k %windir%\System32\reg.exe ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  10.    04 Mar 2017 #10

    Running File Explorer as Administrator


    Tis simple really - Create a shortcut on your desktop to Explorer.exe and in Properties select Shortcut tab > Advanced button then check Run as Administrator
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Related Threads
File explorer problem in General Support
Hello forum, i am new to this site so nice to meet you all. Since my installation of windows 10, i had some problems with the file explorer option. When you click on 'start' and you see file explorer and decide to click on that, i expected it...
Nothing's perfect, but I enjoyed these changes: - an option to not show libraries - options to not show recently used - the scroll wheel works just by hovering over either the nav pane or the file list regardless of which is currently selected
scrolling in File Explorer in General Support
My background is 3840 by 1080. I have 55 pictures in a Dropbox account of that size. When I click on one of the last ones, to make it background, or just to look at it... the scroll bar on the right goes right back up to the top. Windows 8 and...
The File menu on Explorer has some useful shortcuts 11606 . If you select / highlight a folder in File Explorer and and then pick Open Command Prompt, then the Current Directory (CD) in Cmd is the folder selected in file Explorer. You don't...
file explorer in General Support
every time i right click on a file or drive in file explorer it shuts down and have no error messages i have to restart latop to get everything working again. samgsung np550p7c-02uk

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:03.
Find Us