Before this, we have written a number of guides on taking ownership of files and running programs as administrator. Recently, while moderating comments, I noticed that there are plenty of users out there who would like to run Control Panel as administrator.
To start with, Windows doesn’t let you run Control Panel as administrator. This is because, in Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10, you gain nothing by launching Control Panel as administrator. That is, in short, Control Panel is just a simple way to access all tools and options available in Windows. In other words, it includes only shortcuts to programs and administrator tools such as Programs and Features, and Folder Options.
That said, there is a workaround to open Control Panel as administrator in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 if you really want to open Control Panel as admin. All you need to do is, simply create a shortcut to the Control Panel on your desktop and then configure Windows to launch the shortcut as administrator.
Open Control Panel as administrator
Here is how to open Control Panel with admin privileges in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Step 1: Right-click on desktop, click New, and then click Shortcut to open Create Shortcut wizard.
Step 2: In the Type the location of the item box, paste the following path:
Please replace “C” with the drive letter of the partition where Windows is installed.
Step 3: Enter a name for the new Shortcut. We recommend you name it as Admin Control Panel so that you can easily recognize it.
Click Finish button to create shortcut to Control Panel on desktop.
Step 4: You can now right-click on the shortcut and then click Run as administrator option to open Control Panel with admin rights. If you want open the Control Panel with admin rights by simply double-clicking on it, please follow the next three steps in order to configure the shortcut to always launch as administrator.
Step 5: Now, right-click on Control Panel shortcut on the desktop and click Properties to open Properties dialog.
Step 6: Switch to the Shortcut tab and then click Advanced button open Advanced Properties dialog.
Step 7: Finally, check the option labelled Run as administrator option, click OK, and then click Apply button. That’s it!
You can now double-click on the Control Panel shortcut on the desktop to launch Control Panel as administrator. But, as said before, there is nothing you can do by running Control Panel as administrator. Good luck!