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Most newer programs work with UAC’s privilege escalation on the fly. But sometimes that won’t work, especially with older programs. You can run any program with administrative privileges by right-clicking its startup icon and choosing Run as Administrator.

The same method works for programs that you can’t launch from the Start menu. Use Windows Explorer to get to the folder that contains the executable file for the program. Then right-click the filename and choose Run as Administrator.

You can make older programs that aren’t part of Windows 7 run with elevated privileges automatically by changing program compatibility settings. Right-click the startup icon for the program, or the executable file’s icon, and choose Properties. In the Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab. Then, under Privilege Level, select Run This Program as an Administrator and click OK. If the option to run the program as an administrator is disabled, then one of the following is true: the program doesn’t require administrative privileges to run; you are not logged in to an administrative account; or the program is blocked from always running elevated.

Source of Information : Windows 7 Bible (2009)

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