Certain programs require you to run them with administrative rights so that they can work properly. However, the new user interface in Windows 8 has changed the way that you can perform this task. This article shows the steps required to run a program as an administrator in Windows 8.
Windows 8 has totally changed the way that you can perform even the most basic of tasks that you were accustomed to. No longer can you run a program with elevated privileges the same way as you did with Windows 7 or its predecessor, Windows Vista. However, running a program as an administrator in Windows 8 is a very simple task.
Turn on your computer and log into your Windows 8 user account. As soon as you log in, Windows 8 will take you directly into the area known as the “Start Screen.” If you were on the Windows 8 desktop, you can get to the Start Screen immediately by pressing the “Windows Logo” key on your keyboard.
The Start Screen will list all the programs that you have installed on your Windows 8 computer. Right click the tile of the program that you want to run as an administrator.
A green-colored bar will show up on the bottom of the screen that contains several icons. Click the “Run as administrator” icon to run the program with elevated privileges. If a “User Account Control” dialog box shows up on screen, simply click “Yes” to proceed.
You must have a Windows 8 administrator account to perform this task.