runas: Command or Program: Run as other user


RunAs allows to run certain programs or commands as another user. For example, should a computer be logged in as a normal user and should elevated privileges be required for certain actions, such as installing software, "RunAs" can be used to simply run the installation as an administrator user.

Windows dialog: Run as other user

By holding the Shift key and additionally "right-clicking" on a shortcut, an extended dialog with the option: "Run as other user" can be called:

After entering the login information, the application will be started with another user:

Command Prompt

With the following command in the command prompt, a new cmd window (command prompt) can be started as another user:

runas /user:DomainOrComputername\Username "cmd"

Control in the command prompt: whoami

The command "whoami" in the command prompt, prints as response the currently used user:


as system

For example, psexec allows commands to be run as "system", see: Localsystem: use local system account - more rights

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