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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

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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

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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You can run PowerShell scripts in Windows 7 using powershell_ise.

Step by step instruction can be found here.

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

Start-Process powershell -verb runas -ArgumentList "-file fullpathofthescript"
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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

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