I am working on a small batch script that elevates basic windows programs to run as administrator.

All of the functions work fine but I have ran into a problem when trying to run "regedit.exe".

When option 3 is selected in the script and it should run regedit as admin I get error:

740: The requested operation requires elevation.

Here is the script:

echo off
echo Start as admin:
echo /----------------\
echo # 1. CMD         #
echo # 2. Task Manager#
echo # 3. Regedit     #
echo # 0. Exit        #
echo \----------------/

set /p run=

if %run%==1 (
set run="cmd"

if %run%==2 (
set run="taskmgr"

if %run%==3 (
set run="regedit"

if %run%==0 (

runas /savecred /user:admin %run%

Is there a workaround for this?

I would like make this working without installing third party programs, modifying the registry or disabling UAC.

4 Answers 4


You can pull it off by launching a new CMD prompt with RunAs, which you tell to launch your command.

To do this in your batch, change the last line to:

runas /savecred /user:admin "cmd /c %run%"

  • PS: Check out choice /?. :) Feb 3, 2016 at 5:14
  • I have one more question. Since I have implemented your method, my error handling doesn't work. What I mean by that is, if the command is not recognized, errorlevel is no longer set to 1 since it is run in another window. Is there a way to somehow make it 1 again if there is a typo in the input? (what I mean by that is: no choice numbers or valid CMD command is given)
    – Divin3
    Feb 25, 2016 at 2:26
Add this to the top of your Batch file and at the end just put %run% instead of (runas /savecred /user:admin %run%)

@echo off

:: BatchGotAdmin
REM  --> Check for permissions
>nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\config\system"

REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin.
if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' (
    echo Requesting administrative privileges...
    goto UACPrompt
) else ( goto gotAdmin )

    echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    set params = %*:"=""
    echo UAC.ShellExecute "cmd.exe", "/c %~s0 %params%", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"

    del "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    exit /B

    pushd "%CD%"
    CD /D "%~dp0"

Perhaps this can help, or maybe starting the entire batch as admin may help, done by creating another batch script containing:

runas /user:admin C:\Path_to_your_batch_file\name.bat
  • The reason I created this, is because the admin password is so long and I don't want to type it every time, so because of '/savecred' I don't have to. Tried to create another bat and run it from this one, it prompts me for the password and after I type it, I get RUNAS ERROR: Unable to run - ...\regedit.bat -2147467259: Unspecified error
    – Divin3
    Feb 3, 2016 at 4:22
  1. Right-Click C:\Windows\regedit.exe and choose Properties
  2. In the Compatibility-Tab choose "Run this program as an administrator"
  • This is what I wanted to avoid. We have 16 digit admin password and typing it every time even on my own PC is a bit annoying. Using the /savecred will only have to type it once and that's it.
    – Divin3
    Feb 16, 2016 at 5:50

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