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In my Windows XP Pro, I have my main user named as admin that is a member of Administrators group. I created two limited users (power1 and power2) then assigned them as members of Power Users group.

When loged in usig admin and I right-clicked a program/shortcut to open the Run As dialog, the dialog's dropdown list only shows two users: Administrator and admin. The remaining two users: power1 and power2 is not listed.

While I can still type power1 or power2 manually to use them without problem, I want the dropdown list to show all users (all 4 of them). How can I do this?

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The "User name" dropdown of the system "Run As" dialog consists of the individual users (not groups) in the groups Administrators.

As an alternate solution, try ShellRunAs from the Microsoft SysInternals Team

  1. Install the program by running ShellRunAs /reg.
  2. Right-click any program (or shortcut), and click "Run as different user..."
  3. Modify the user dropdown using the following system dialog:
    rundll32 keymgr.dll,KRShowKeyMgr
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Doesn't work. Even by creating a new user with limited account type won't make it listed in the Run As user selection. Note: limited account type is a member of Users group. – Jay Aug 28 '12 at 16:34
Update: The Run As dialog user selection list seems only shows users that are member of Administrators group. Any lower level groups like Backup Operators, Network Configuration Operators, Replicator, etc. won't do. – Jay Aug 28 '12 at 16:50
@Jay, see edited answer (use ShellRunAs) – Steven Aug 28 '12 at 18:18
I was hoping not to use a custom Run As launcher, but I'll accept it. Now the question is, how to exclude (not delete) dialup entries from Run As selection list? i.e.: show only Windows-login type users. I use a saved dialup password to automate dialup connection, so it must not be deleted. – Jay Aug 28 '12 at 19:38

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