Merging .reg files as standard user


  1. Posts : 34
    Windows 10 pro
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    Merging .reg files as standard user


    I want to add run as admin to the context menu to be able to merge a couple of .reg files into the registry when i right click on them, i downloaded Brinks 2 reg files to do this but they require admin privleges and run as admin does not show up in the context menu when i click on them. Its there when i click on .exe programs.
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  2. Slippery's Avatar
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    I can't do that in my standard user acct either and I have that added to my right click context menu. So, I sign out and login as administrator and do the merge and then sign out and back in as standard user again. A little paranoia is healthy.
    I think it may be an unwritten feature of windows 10 Pro security.
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  3. Posts : 34
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    OK Thanks
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    jeepers said:
    ...i downloaded Brinks 2 reg files to do this but they require admin privleges and run as admin does not show up in the context menu when i click on them...
    Run as administrator does appear for Regedit itself, and Regedit has 'Import...' on its File menu. As a standard user, type regedit in the Cortana/Search box on the taskbar, right-click on the 'regedit - Run command' best match and you can 'Run as administrator' from there. Then you can import the .reg files.
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    "Run as Administrator" only applies to executable files that you can run. A .reg file is just a plain text file that can't be executed by itself, so "Run as Administrator" will never appear for it.
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  6. cereberus's Avatar
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    Slippery said:
    I can't do that in my standard user acct either and I have that added to my right click context menu. So, I sign out and login as administrator and do the merge and then sign out and back in as standard user again. A little paranoia is healthy.
    I think it may be an unwritten feature of windows 10 Pro security.
    Hardly unwritten! Whole point of standard accounts is to prevent standard users doing such things!
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  7. Posts : 34
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    Bree said:
    Run as administrator does appear for Regedit itself, and Regedit has 'Import...' on its File menu. As a standard user, type regedit in the Cortana/Search box on the taskbar, right-click on the 'regedit - Run command' best match and you can 'Run as administrator' from there. Then you can import the .reg files.
    Many Thanks worked like a charm
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    jeepers said:
    Many Thanks worked like a charm
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  9. Posts : 1
    windows 10, chrome os, occasional linux
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    merge as administrator


    When you are logged in as a standard user and want to merge a ".reg" file to the registry as an administrator, drag and drop the ".reg" file to a merge_as_administrator DROPON. (Easy to create and explained below.) You will get a UAC popup or see it flashing on the taskbar. Give the administrator password and agree with the resulting warnings.

    You can create a merge_as_administrator DROPON by:
    1. create a shortcut to regedit
    2. right click the shortcut, click Properties
    3. in the Shortcut tab, click Advanced
    4. in the Advanced Properties popup, select: Run as administrator
    5. "OK" your way back out.
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