Windows 8: Add Run as Administrator to the Context Menu for MSI files

This is an older but goodie that Shawn Brink (@Shawn_Brink_MVP) posted for Windows 7.

If you click the link above you can download the registry files or follow these steps to create and execute the .reg files.

To Add “Run As Asministrator”

  • Open up notepad
  • Copy the following code in it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Msi.Package\Shell\runas]
"HasLUAShield"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Msi.Package\shell\runas\Command]
@=hex(2):22,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
  00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,6d,00,\
  73,00,69,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,20,00,2f,\
  00,69,00,20,00,22,00,25,00,31,00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00

  • Save the file with the .reg extension
  • right click the newly created file and select merge (or just double click on it).
  • Click Yes to the UAC prompt
  • You are done and should not have ‘Run as Administrator’ for the context menu for MSI files.

To Remove “Run As Asministrator”

  • Run the same steps as above except use this code.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Msi.Package\Shell\runas]


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