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!
This will not work in the way you intend. Control.exe simply loads a shell via explorer.exe and explorer.exe will ignore elevated runas unless you add registry hacks. In short, running control.exe as administrator will not run the resulting explorer.exe as an administrator.
Dave Read says
if you are an admin but helping a “user” (maybe over sccm, or sat with them) then sometimes you will need to amend a setting that they have no access because of uac and needing to use elevated rights, eg WLAN disabled and using a LAN connection with SCCM you need admin access to restore wi-fi ability but gpo restricts access in an enterprise enviro… without logging them off or slowing the call down using switch user to apply the fix would be needed.
that’s just one reason but there will be many more…
very useful info in this post though.
another even quicker way i found (W10 enterprise) was to type control.exe and then right-click to offer options of admin
I kept getting a message that I couldn’t uninstall a certain program because an administrator was blocking me (even after logging in as admin). This enabled me to bypass that problem, and uninstall the program.
Richard Spehr says
This is a waste of regular folks time. Do not follow this persons advice. It is use-less and does not work.
Did not work for me. I am trying to remove a group of jpeg files and it continues to say I need administrative permission to do so.
Thanks, this is amazing! You are so wrong about it doing nothing though: there is no way to enable hibernation on my computer apart from launching Control panel as admin. Everything else just doesn’t do anything without giving any errors, or simply not giving me the option to enable it.
The first thing the article says is that running Control Panel as administrator does nothing. And so you complain that it does nothing. Huh?
Mart Potter says
If I try to do it in Windows 10 then I can run control panel as administrator (other user) but it opens “programs and features” still as regualar user without elavation
I am running Windows 8 and this method does not seem to work. When I follow the steps and go into Windows Firewall it does not allow some settings to be changed. At the top it says the following:
For your security, some settings are managed by your system administrator.