It is necessary in many cases to run Windows installers as administrators to install, update, or manage software applications. You’ve come to the right place if you want to learn more about the process. This is a complete guide to running Windows Installer with administrator rights.
Understanding the Need to Run Windows Installer as Administrator
Let’s start with the “why” before we move on to the how’.
Why run Windows Installer as Administrator?
Windows Installer can be run as administrator when certain programs require that you have access to system files or directories that are not accessible by regular users.
Windows OS protects critical system files by restricting access. Nevertheless, certain software installations or updates may need to modify protected locations. Installing the software as administrator is necessary in such situations.
Run Windows Installer as Administrator
Follow the steps below in order to run Windows Installer with administrator rights.
- Locate Installation File: Navigate on your computer to the location where the installer file (.exe or.msi) for the software has been saved.
- Open Context Menu: Click on the installer. This will open up a context-menu with different options.
- Click on ‘Run As Administrator’ in the context menu: In the context menu, click the option that reads ‘Run As Administrator’.
- Confirm Action: A prompt will appear asking you if the app can make changes to the device. Click “Yes” to continue.
Installer will now run as an administrator, which allows it to modify or access system files and folders.
You can use Command Prompt in addition to the manual method to run Windows Installer as administrator. Here’s how:
- Open the Command Prompt in Administrator Mode: Press Windows, type “cmd” into the search box, and then right click on the ‘Command Prompt,’ selecting ‘Run As Administrator’.
- Navigate the Installer File Location: Use the ‘cd command’ in the Command Prompt to navigate to the directory that contains the installer file.
- Run Installer: Type the file name and hit Enter once you are in the correct directory.
When typing the filename into the Command Prompt, remember to add the ‘.exe or ‘.msi at the end.
Windows Installer can be run as administrator either manually or through the Command Prompt. Remember that you must always perform this action when working with software that needs access to system files and folders. To maintain your system’s security, you should exercise caution, and make sure that the software is from a trusted source before granting administrative rights.