On Windows Server 2008 R2 with the User Account Control Settings at the third highest level when you start explorer
as administrator it doesn't appear to actually grant administrative rights to the process.
Is there a way to leave UAC at that level AND be able to start an explorer process as a real administrator?
Back in 2008 pre-R2, I used to do this by running explorer from an elevated command prompt. This doesn't seem to work anymore with R2.
The only way I've found to do it in R2 so far is by killing the existing non-elevated explorer instance first. Once the non-elevated explorer is gone, the elevated version will launch successfully from wherever you launch it.
I'm curious to see the other answers this generates, because killing explorer is messy. The only other option I know of is to login with the actual
administrator account since UAC doesn't apply to it.
Try to set "Launch folder windows in separate process" option in folder options, to see if that does the trick.
You can't, if you're running another copy of explorer.exe (like, say, the desktop shell). MS removed the ability to do this altogether from Vista, and it hasn't made it back in yet.
Launch folder windows in a separate process doesn't do the trick anymore like it did in XP/2003.
Ctrl+Shiftand Right-Click on an empty area of the Start Menu, the context menu will have an
Exit Explorerentry. That's significantly less messy than killing explorer.exe via some other method (e.g. Task Manager, psKill, etc.). One can do the same thing in XP by going to the shutdown dialog and holding down
Ctrl+Alt+Shiftwhile canceling the dialog.
Administratoraccount. Even if it worked, this involves logging out and back in. Not exactly great.
The following procedure works for me but not the shortest one:
builtin\Administratorsgroup to manage my DC. I made sure to add my account to this group first.
Command Prompticon on start menu.
Run as administrator
runas /user:domain\username "explorer /separate"
This seemed to work well for me, let me know otherwise and I hope that it helps someone.
I pulled the information from the following MS forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-security/how-to-start-windows-explorer-as-administrator/a3cfdd52-695d-46b0-a617-1c9128addf01