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Run as Administrator Doesn't Work in Modern UI

  1. #1


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64

    Run as Administrator Doesn't Work in Modern UI


    I'm not exactly sure when this problem cropped up since I don't use it often, but when I type "cmd" in Modern UI and right-click on the program, choose Run as administrator, I'm dropped to the desktop and nothing happens. This also happens if I list programs installed through the Modern UI and right-click on Command Prompt.

    However, if I go to windows/system32 and right click CMD and choose Run as administrator in Desktop mode it works fine. I also installed Stardock's Start8 to return the classic start menu and when I type cmd there and choose Run as admin it works fine, or if I right-click the Start button and choose Run cmd as admin (not exact wording) it works fine. The Run as admin problem only seems to affect the Modern UI mode.

    Does anyone have thoughts on how this can be fixed? It's not that there aren't workarounds, it's just I prefer things to work as they're suppose to. I've checked my user credentials as well as the UAC settings and everything looks fine. I would really appreciate some ideas on how to fix this short of "re-install Windows".

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Marc,

    See if using step 2 in the tutorial below to restore "Run as administrator" may help. It will also restore the default registry entries for "Run as administrator" that could help with this.

    Run as Administrator - Add or Remove from Context Menu in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64


    Thank you for the suggestion and link. I ran the file and rebooted but it didn't fix the problem.

    Also, it's not the context menu that's the problem: it's Modern UI only.



    And it's not just cmd, but all programs from within Modern UI.
    Last edited by thunderclap; 22 Aug 2014 at 17:22.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Well, you could also do a system restore using a restore point dated before you think this happened to undo the cause.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by thunderclap View Post
    Thank you for the suggestion and link. I ran the file and rebooted but it didn't fix the problem.

    Also, it's not the context menu that's the problem: it's Modern UI only.



    And it's not just cmd, but all programs from within Modern UI.
    Just throwing this out for you, but have you check all your setting in start8. you may be having a conflict of options or have the Metro shut off? I use Classic Shell and have no issues at all. But then I don't use Metro at all I think I have a link to go to the metro screen but I've never used it. I guess I could find it if I looked. LOL
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  6. #6


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64


    I've actually completely removed Start8 as a test and that didn't help either.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64


    I managed to resolve this issue in a peculiar way. I noticed there were many notification apps still listed in the customization drop down after the apps had been uninstalled. I found a way to clear the Notification Area Icon Cache and rebuild it. Once I did that it fixed this problem as well. Strange, as you wouldn't think to two would be linked in any way, but once I did it and rebooted all was working.

    Notification Area Icons - Reset - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Sep 2014 at 12:56. Reason: added tutorial link for reference
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,568
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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