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I am trying to change properties of shortcut to a program so it always runs as elevated user (admin). I have searched for quite a while with no solution :/

What i mean is this:

right click on shortcut --> Properties --> Compatibility --> Change settings for all users --> privilege level --> run this program as an administrator.

I am on windows 7 (and 8, but i guess solution would be the same)

I thought i would find a solution to this in a few minutes, but after an hour i am no closter to one... Can anyone help me?

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hi Agiz ........... welcome on autoit


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Alt+Enter is a short key that can open property of selected shortcut.........what are you think about this.......?

Or may be >this topic will help you....................

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z3r0c00l12

I do this via registry keys.

Although you have to use the target of the .lnk file and not the lnk file itself.

Find the target of your shortcut, I'll use "C:Windowsnotepad.exe" for this example.

If you want to apply to all users on the computer, use the registry key:

HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

If you want to apply only to your user account, use the registry key:

HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

The name of the value will be the target, so in this case "C:Windowsnotepad.exe" (without the quotes).

The value type is a REG_SZ.

The data is a space-delimited collection of the following flags: (without the quotes)

"DISABLETHEMES","640X480","HIGHDPIAWARE","256COLOR","DISABLEDWM","RUNASADMIN"

And one of the following: (you can't use 2 of these together)

"WIN98","WIN4SP5","WIN2000","WINXPSP2","WINXPSP3","WINSRV03SP1","WINSRV08SP1","VISTARTM","VISTASP1","VISTASP2","WIN7RTM"

 

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AgiZ

I tried your approach z3r0c00l12, and while it works nicely for HKCU it does not work for HKLM. I guess some sort of bug on Win8 (i tested all sorts of combinations of it there). So i will use it with HKCU (not optimal, but it will do for now).

Thank you both :)

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z3r0c00l12

Can you post the registry key here?

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Started testing on Win8 x64, so i didnt even try win7 since it doesnt work. This worked:

RegWrite("HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers", "C:Program Files (x86)OpenVPNbinopenvpn-gui.exe", "REG_SZ", "RUNASADMIN")

but whatever is input into either

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

is ignored. i tried it by hand first.

Am i missing somethng?

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z3r0c00l12

Can you try this manually?

Go to C:Program Files (x86)OpenVPNbin

Right-click on openvpn-gui.exe, select Properties and the compatibility tab

Click "Change settings for all users"

Check "Run this program as an administrator"

Check both of these to see what is set:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

 

Let me know what you find.

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When setting by right-clicking it sets the registry key here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers (it actually sets "~ RUNASADMIN")

and it works.

When i run this:

RegWrite("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers", "C:Program Files (x86)OpenVPNbinopenvpn-gui.exe", "REG_SZ", "RUNASADMIN")

it sets the key in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareWow6432NodeMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAppCompatFlagsLayers

and it does not work.

When setting this for current user, it sets like defined and therefore it works. Some bug in RegWrite code or what?

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z3r0c00l12

Can you try this?

I put the 64 after HKLM so that it doesn't go in wow6432node. I'm not sure what the "~" at the beginning does, so I left it out. 

RegWrite("HKLM64\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers", "C:\Program Files (x86)\OpenVPN\bin\openvpn-gui.exe", "REG_SZ", "RUNASADMIN")

Give this a try and let us know if it worked.

I think this compatibility setting is a good candidate for a UDF if a developer is willing to take it on.

EDIT: Looks like the tilde at the beginning is required for Windows 8 and above. http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/6832-compatibility-mode-use-windows-8-a.html (See option 3)

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I never replied back. Thank you, this worked perfectly :)

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