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How do I change network adapter settings (i.e. change between DHCP and static IP address) while logged in as a non-administrator user, but with available credentials of an administrator user?

I have two domain accounts I use on my Windows 7 machine: standard user and tech user. The standard user that I log in with is not and administrator on the machine and thus doesn't have rights to change system settings. I can get around this in most cases by running certain programs as the other user, but one thing I have not been able to do is change network settings as described above without actually logging out or switching users to the other.

I have tried running the following commands:

runas /user:DOMAIN\techuser "control netconnections"
runas /user:DOMAIN\techuser "control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter"
runas /user:DOMAIN\techuser control
runas /user:DOMAIN\techuser cmd --- followed by "control netconnections"

In all cases, when I get to the point of hitting Properties on the network adapter, it tells me that "You do not have sufficient privileges for configuring connection properties."

Is there another workaround?

  • Have you tried 'Runas /user:domain\user cmd', and then running control netconnecitons from within that newly spawned CMD prompt? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 7 '14 at 18:49
  • Tried it just now, same result when I try to get to the Properties screen – rmart Aug 7 '14 at 18:51
  • OK, perhaps try runas /user:DOMAIN\techuser "%windir%\system32\ncpa.cpl"? :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 7 '14 at 19:06

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