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On my Windows 7 Desktop, I have script.ps1, which needs admin privileges (it starts a service). I want to click on this script and run it with admin privileges.

What's the easiest way to accomplish this?

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+1 for the question – r0ca Feb 12 '10 at 22:14
up vote 28 down vote accepted

Here is one way of doing it, with the help of an additional icon on your desktop. I guess you could move the script someone else if you wanted to only have a single icon on your desktop.

  1. Create a shortcut to your Powershell script on your desktop
  2. Right-click the shortcut and click Properties
  3. Click the Shortcut tab
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Select Run as Administrator

You can now run the script elevated by simple double-clicking the new shortcut on your desktop.

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This worked for me, but Run as Administrator only became available after adding powershell -f in front of the script path, so as to "complete" the command… – mousio Nov 1 '12 at 22:40
@mousio - I needed this too, thanks for the comment – m.edmondson Mar 18 '13 at 17:15
@mousio can you tell me why that command works? – SShaheen Aug 22 '14 at 12:54
@SShaheen - for Run as Administrator to become available, the shortcut needs to point to some sort of executable (e.g. powershell.exe) instead of just the document or script the shortcut originally pointed to. A shortcut to script.ps1 works, as does a shortcut to powershell.exe -f script.ps1, but the latter can be set to run as administrator (see powershell.exe /? for the explanation of the -f or -File switch) – mousio Aug 22 '14 at 13:30

if you are in the same powershell you could do this:

Start-Process powershell -verb runas -ArgumentList "-file fullpathofthescript"
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On UAC-enabled systems, to make sure a script is running with full admin privileges, add this code at the beginning of your script:


function Test-Admin {
  $currentUser = New-Object Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal $([Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent())

if ((Test-Admin) -eq $false)  {
    if ($elevated) 
        # tried to elevate, did not work, aborting
    else {
        Start-Process powershell.exe -Verb RunAs -ArgumentList ('-noprofile -noexit -file "{0}" -elevated' -f ($myinvocation.MyCommand.Definition))


'running with full privileges'

when running your script with the -elevated switch, it will attempt to elevate privileges before running.

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If script requires arguments-parameters ? – Kiquenet Aug 29 '14 at 13:50
That's much nicer. – Jonathan Allen Jul 21 at 5:51

Since it's sitting onto your desktop, I'd say the most effortless way to get this done is dragging it onto the elevation gadget.

Otherwise you could make a separate script using the elevate command on your ps1 script.

Or, you could apply elevate just to the service-starting bit.

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I'm not a fan of PS but I need to get into it... Good answer badp! – r0ca Feb 12 '10 at 22:13

PowerShell ISE lives at %windir%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell_ISE.exe. You can right-click that and select "Run as administrator" and run the script from in there.

You can also find it under the Windows Logo > All Programs > Accessories > Windows PowerShell and do the same thing with those shortcuts.

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