I have been using Notepad2 lately, great util and i added it to the context menu hence i can click on a file and say Notepad2 and it edits it .. but it loads notepad2 without admin privs so i can't save the file.. How can i force it to open with admin privs

Here is what i have, works great apart from can't save in protected parts of disks in vista but of course loading notepad manually as admin works.



[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*\shell\Notepad2\command] @="\"C:\Program Files\Notepad2\Notepad2.exe\" \"%1\""


You can use the Elevate Power Toy from Microsoft and just change your registry key to

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*\shell\Notepad2\command] @="elevate \"C:\Program Files\Notepad2\Notepad2.exe\" \"%1\""

Use a shortcut to hstart (see this question) with the /ELEVATED parameter to start Notepad2.

@="\"c:\\path\\to\\hstart.exe\" /elevated \"\"c:\\Program Files\\Notepad2\\Notepad2.exe\" \"%1\"\""

Take a look at Elevator. It adds a context menu "Elevate Me" option, and also allows you to add UAC exlusions for certain programs so that they always open with elevated priviledges. Here's an example of Elevator in action.

  • "add UAC exlusions for certain programs"? Can this be dangerous? – Snark Oct 16 '09 at 20:20
  • In the case of Notepad2 I highly doubt it. It's not like it automatically adds exclusions for files you download so malware isn't any more dangerous than it was before. – John T Oct 16 '09 at 20:49

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