How to run programs as administrator in Windows 8

Start screen select item Windows 8

Windows 8 brings a game-changer operating system, this time around the traditional Start menu has been removed and replaced with the beautiful and immersive Start screen. But since there isn’t a contextual menu anymore in the new Start screen, you may be asking yourself: How do I run programs as administrator? Well, it’s pretty easy, just follow these steps:


1. Go to the Start screen, hit the Windows 8 Logo Monochrome key or hover the mouse pointer to the bottom-left corner of the monitor and click Start.

2. Right-click any of the applications’ tile to select.

Run as administrator Start screen

3. At the bottom you’ll notice a new menu with various options to choose from, there simply click the Run as administrator option.

That’s all there is to it!

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].