Pretend that I am a Karaoke DJ running a show with the application Sax & Dottys which only runs on Windows. I would like to hire someone to run the show for me in my absence. This means they would use my computer and software to run the show. But I don't want them to be able to copy/steal the Karaoke files from my computer.

My idea is to create a user account for them that does not have permissions to read/write to the directories containing the Karaoke files. But their user account should have access to run the Sax & Dottys application, and that application should run with elevated permissions so it could read the karaoke files and directories.

Is there some way to allow a limited permission user to run an application with elevated privileges without that user knowing the password to grant administrator access?

Basically, I would like to make it so the user does have access to the files on the file system but only through the Sax & Dottys application. I don't want them to have access to the files by any other means. Is this possible in Windows 7? How?

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    why do we have to pretend you're a DJ? and why do you want to limit read permissions in windows?
    – Dave
    Mar 2, 2014 at 7:20
  • You don't have to pretend I'm a Karaoke DJ, to be clear, I'm not. :) I'm asking this question for a friend who is. The goal to limit the read permissions in Windows is to make sure the logged in user doesn't have access to copy the files off the computer.
    – axiopisty
    Mar 2, 2014 at 7:25
  • So you want a program to be able to read files, but not the user accessing them?
    – Jeff F.
    Mar 3, 2014 at 16:29
  • Yes, that's right. The user with limited permissions should not be able to directly access the files, except they should be able to access the files ONLY through this specific application.
    – axiopisty
    Mar 3, 2014 at 16:59

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To launch an application with Admin creds in a limited account, create a shortcut to the application in the limited account. Right-click the shortcut > Properties Add the following to the beginning of the target line.

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:Administrator

Then launch it once using the shortcut and enter the Administrator password. All subsequent launches will no longer require you to enter the password.

This will not solve your problem though. Your best bet is to use a Kiosk application.

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