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I am making the menu items called Lock for Microsoft's BitLocker. I've got it all right up to one point: locking HDD partitions requires administrator privileges.
How do I use process paths or CMD or something similar to start an application elevated, with arguments?

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You need the Elevation Powertoy for Vista. It also works on Windows 7. http://blogs.technet.com/b/deploymentguys/archive/2009/01/21/the-elevation-powertoys-and-windows-7.aspx

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Use the RUNAS command and put your application name and its arguments within double quotes.

RUNAS /user:machinename\administrator "app arg1 arg2 \"filename with spaces\""
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The RUNAS command will execute C:\Windows\system32\runas.exe with the given arguments. That application does not require administrator rights and it doesn't work, because I have tried. Anyway, I will try again, but do I need to specify the user? I mean... Can you show me a working example of executing notepad with administrator rights? –  Vercas Dec 9 '10 at 17:56
    
@Vercas: runas /user:administrator notepad works for me. I can type some text and save the file in a protected directory. –  Dennis Williamson Dec 9 '10 at 18:51
    
It asks me for my password and it does nothing after I type it. –  Vercas Dec 9 '10 at 19:43

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