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One of the missing things from Windows Vista that most perplexed me (or frustrated the monkey cr*p out of me) was the lack of the RunAs shell extension. Following proper administrative best practices, I don't log in to my laptop with domain administrative privileges, I have a separate account for that. Running something like ADUC was never easy, and UAC in Vista often got in the way. If you turned it off, you could not get prompted to run an application under a different set of credentials. You could set it under the local security policy to always prompt for credentials, and then enter your other set of credentials. of course, then you get prompted to enter your credentials for everything under the sun. Its a good security practice, but boy does it get old quick. Very quick. This utility returns the traditional right-click RunAs functionality to the explorer shell. Enjoy. Rejoice.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 10:34 AM Security , Vista | Back to top


Comments on this post: Hallelujah! Shell RunAs for Windows Vista

# re: Hallelujah! Shell RunAs for Windows Vista
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I've been using "always enter credentials" since i've started using Vista. It's even enforced by GPO on all our machines.

It's roughly the same as "sudo" (which i've been using on Linux systems for proper privilege seperation).

And i think UAC with just Cancel/Allow is worthless - if you have to key in your username and password, you'll think more.

On test machines, it's of course a whole nother topic. But it never disturbed me on my laptop.
Left by Lukas Beeler on Mar 05, 2008 5:41 AM

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just another thing that proves that vista sux
Left by :o( on Mar 07, 2008 3:37 AM

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I think as Lukas wrote.
Work with user account (non-administrative) on XP and use runas to run an application with administrative rights after entering a password is a better way then Cancel/Allow dialog.
On Vista i have got a problem to use runas.
Now i use the tool runasspc
http://robotronic.de/runasspcEn.html

Let the password option empty if you want to ask for.
Left by Manne on Mar 08, 2008 4:17 PM

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Can you send me the steps for using this utility???? I work as an admin, and sometimes we need to run applications as admin using the run as feature........

I already downloded the utility, thanks.

Left by Sergio Luna on Aug 21, 2008 12:01 PM

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FWIW- Shellrunas works good for most things except it's not as perfect as what windowsXP used to have or as good as runas.exe which unfortunately doesn't have any interface and ends up being a pain in the rear to use.

What I mean by not perfect is that there are some compatability problems with several applications including sql server management studio. You get an application error if you try to import SSIS packages when using shellrunas, i've also come accross problems running third party apps that used to work just fine on XP's runas.

Sadly, i cannot believe the features that microsoft removed from Vista. For an administrator/power user Vista is a downgrade from XP.
Left by Nathan on Jan 12, 2009 3:31 PM

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