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How to make Windows Apllication Run as Administrator?

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With the evolution of Windows, the security requrements has been also risen up. In Windows 10 all applications are run under a lowered user account, which has no access to system folders, system registry entries and so on. The app is limited to something like a sandbox. But what to do if you need to acces to system files and registry keys? You need to run your application as a computer Administrator. This is done through the Windows process called "Elevation". How to run Windows Application as elevated or Administrator account? You will need to add a special entry in your .manifest file when you build your application. A Manifest file is a special sattelite file for your .exe that tells the system how to treat your program. If you don't have a .manifest file, you will need to create one. Also, your file should be linked as Embedded Manifest only. Side-by-side manifests are not supported for elevation.

All the tricks are done by putting the following line in your .manifest file:


<requestedexecutionlevel level="requireAdministrator" uiaccess="true" />

The sample .mainfest file is provided below. Please note that exact name and processor architecture can be different for your program.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
  <assemblyIdentity version="1.0.0.0"
     processorArchitecture="X86"
     name="IsUserAdmin"
     type="win32"/> 
  <description>Description of the application</description>
  <trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v2">
    <security>
      <requestedPrivileges>
        <requestedExecutionLevel
          level="requireAdministrator"
          uiAccess="true"/>
        </requestedPrivileges>
       </security>
  </trustInfo>
</assembly>

Futher reading may be found here: MSDN

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