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On my Windows 7 system I can select a program shortcut in the start menu, right click on it and select 'Run as administrator'. I then get the confirmation prompt and the application starts up with elevated privileges.

However, if I copy any of these shortcuts to my desktop, right click and select 'Run as administrator' nothing happens! No prompt, no error message nothing. I have tested this on a friends Windows 7 machine and it works.

What is causing this?

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This little "how to" shows how to run automaticaly shortcuts with administrative privileges.

All shortcuts in Windows since Vista have a special property that you can set that will allow the application to run as Administrator. This works perfectly for creating a batch file to restart a service, for instance.

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That doesn't fix the problem I am seeing so I cannot accept it but it does provide me with a work around. Thanks – user13141 Feb 17 '10 at 4:23

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