I've tried many solutions, but they didn't work, somehow.

I can currently launch a bat file without command window from a vbs but I don't know how to launch it as admin.

VBScript (So I can launch the batch file without a command window):

Set oShell = CreateObject ("Wscript.Shell") Dim strArgs strArgs = "cmd /c Start.bat" oShell.Run strArgs, 0, false

Batch (Start.bat):

Start /wait Application.exe Net stop ServiceNameGoesHere

How do I launch the batch file as administrator while still making it invisible?


You can use the ShellExecute method of the Windows Shell object instead, and use the runas operation.

Set Shell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Shell.ShellExecute "Start.bat", , , "runas", 0

This will request elevation and run Start.bat.

ShellExecute's arguments are (excerpted and summarized from the ShellExecute page on MSDN):

  • sFile [in] - String of the filename to perform the operation on
  • vArguments [in, optional] - String of arguments (command line arguments)
  • vDirectory [in, optional] - The fully qualified path of the directory that contains the file specified by sFile. If this parameter is not specified, the current working directory is used.
  • vOperation [in, optional] - The operation to be performed. If this parameter is not specified, the default operation is performed.
  • vShow [in, optional] - Initial window display recommendation. 0 for hidden.

If you absolutely have to use cmd /c to run the batch file, you'll need to specify the full path to it. The invocation would look something like this:

Set Shell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Shell.ShellExecute "cmd", "/c F:\ull\path\to\Start.bat", , "runas", 0
  • Works like a charm! (what would be the benefit of using cmd /c?) – Yisroel Tech Jan 25 '17 at 19:30
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    @YisroelTech In this case, or in the case of directly running an executable, none, however I included it as an option since the OP was using it. If your command is a shell builtin (e.g. copy) or uses shell features like redirection (e.g. someprogram > file.txt) then you need to use it. – Dranon Jan 25 '17 at 20:28
  • Thanks! I can't find a solutuion anywhere else but here. – POPCORNS Feb 1 '17 at 4:55
  • @UltimatePOPCORNS If you found this answer solved your problem, please mark it as accepted. I would also suggest that you take another look at the answer by Yisroel Tech combined with my comment underneath it, just in case that's more of what you want. – Dranon Feb 1 '17 at 14:34

You can add this code to the top of the batch file and it will self request admin rights:

@echo off

:: BatchGotAdmin
REM  --> Check for permissions
>nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\SysWOW64\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\SysWOW64\config\system"
) ELSE (
>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"

From here: https://stackoverflow.com/a/10052222/5518385

  • Tried this, after the UAC prompt a command window popped out. I want it to be invisible. And I don't want to use task scheduler for that. – POPCORNS Jan 25 '17 at 14:16
  • the start command has a /min option. If you add that the cms windows will still open when thet batch-file runs, but it will be minimized to the taskbar. – Hennes Jan 25 '17 at 14:31
  • This is one of the solutions that I want to avoid as well because I don't want myself to accidently close the command prompt. – POPCORNS Jan 25 '17 at 14:32
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    If you change the 1 after the "runas" to 0, it'll hide the console window for the elevated version (but not, of course, for the original invocation). Depending on what the OP wants (single batch file, pair of related files), either my answer or yours, or some combination of the two should work since the way we're requesting elevation is the same. – Dranon Jan 25 '17 at 20:39
  • The SO answer had been updated since- sadly didn't work for me, but this did- again with the "runas", 0 – Laurie Stearn Dec 5 '19 at 8:18

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