In Windows I can set up a shortcut to run application always as administrator: enter image description here enter image description here

I need to create such shortcut from the command line. How can I do that?

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A StackOverflow answer shows how to accomplish this in Powershell. There's no easy interface to add the Run as administrator flag, so it involves flipping a bit in the .LNK binary file.

$WshShell = New-Object -comObject WScript.Shell
$Shortcut = $WshShell.CreateShortcut("$Home\Desktop\7-Zip File Manager.lnk")
$Shortcut.TargetPath = "C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zFM.exe"

$bytes = [System.IO.File]::ReadAllBytes("$Home\Desktop\7-Zip File Manager.lnk")
$bytes[0x15] = $bytes[0x15] -bor 0x20 #set byte 21 (0x15) bit 6 (0x20) ON
[System.IO.File]::WriteAllBytes("$Home\Desktop\7-Zip File Manager.lnk", $bytes)
  • Does this also work for non shortcut/lnk files? (e.g.: EXE's)
    – JuliusPIV
    Jul 29, 2022 at 17:19
  • @JuliusPIV , no, this only works for the LNK binary file. Aug 24, 2022 at 16:12

try with shortcutJS.bat - it can create a shortcut with "run as admin" tick from command line :

call shortcutJS.bat -linkfile "some.lnk" -target "%cd%\some.bat" -adminpermissions yes

this also changes 21st byte of the file. More information can be found somewhere in this docs.

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