This step-by-step article describes how to enable and use
the "Run as" feature in Windows Server 2003.
You can use the
"Run as" feature to run a program, MMC console, or Control Panel tool by using
the credentials of a user other than the currently-logged on user. This makes
it possible for a user with multiple accounts to run a program as a different
user. For example, you can use the "Run as" feature to start a program as an
administrator if you want to perform administrative tasks when you are logged
on as a member of another group, such as the Users or Power Users
To use the "Run as" feature, the Secondary Logon service must
Enable the Secondary Logon Service
By default, the Secondary Logon service starts automatically when
you start Windows. However, an administrator can disable the service. To enable
the service if it is disabled:
- Log on as Administrator or as a member of the
- Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Computer Management.
- Expand Services and Applications, and then
- In the right pane, right-click Secondary Logon, and then click Properties.
- Click the General tab.
- In the Startup type box, click Automatic, and then click Start under Service status.
- Click OK, and then close the Computer Management window.
Use Run As to Start a Program as Another User
To use the "Run as" feature to start a program as another user:
- Locate the program that you want to start in Windows
Explorer, the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), or Control Panel.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key while you right-click the
.exe file or icon for the program, and then click Run
- Click The following user.
- In the User name and Password boxes, type the user name and password of the user whose
credentials you want to use to run the program, and then click OK.
: You can also use the runas
command from a command prompt. For more information, click Start
, and then click Run
. In the Open
box, type cmd
, and then click OK
. At the command prompt, type runas /?
then press ENTER.
- Some programs may not support the use of the runas command.
- The runas command does not function correctly when you run it by using the LocalSystem account.
- You may not be able to start a program, MMC console, or
Control Panel tool from a network location by using the "Run as" feature if the
credentials you use to connect to the network share are different from the
credentials you use to start the program. The credentials that are used to run
the program may not be able to gain access to the same network
For additional information about how to use the 'Run as'
feature, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
TO: Use Run As to Start a Program as an Administrator in Windows Server 2003
Article ID: 325859 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 6.6
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