Friday, March 19, 2010

Forcing Visual Studio to run as an Administrator

This superuser post explains how you can force visual studio (or any application) run as an administrator. This is helpful for Windows Vista and Win7 users who have issues with IIS when running Visual Studio as a non-admin.

Just in case the link dies here's the answer:

To ensure visual studio and any file opened w/ visual studio (i.e. double clicking on a solution file) always opens VS as an admin (from Vdex):

Got to the actual deven.exe in "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\", right click on devenv.exe, properties, compatibility and tick "run as administrator"

To set a particular shortcut to always open as an administrator (From Jared Harley):

  • Right-click on the shortcut (this works even in the Start Menu)

  • Select "Properties"

  • Select the "Compatibility" tab

  • Click the "Change settings for all users" button at the bottom

  • Enter the administrative username/password

  • In the new window, select "Run this program as an administrator"

  • Click OK

  • Click OK

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