How do I run Windows Explorer as an administrator when I'm logged on as a different user?

A. The impersonation service, Runas, is a nice Windows 2000 feature. But Runas can't run Windows Explorer impersonated because in Win2K, new Windows Explorer windows are spawned as threads of the main explorer.exe invocation. You can circumvent this behavior in the following way:

  1. Select Start, Run, and type
    runas /user:administrator "\"c:\program files\internet 
    explorer\iexplore\" c:\\"
  2. Click OK.
  3. When the system prompts you, enter your Administrator password.

This command executes Windows Explorer in the desired context; adding a local path makes Windows Explorer emulate the default (i.e., no Windows Explorer bars or buttons).

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