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How to Add or Remove "Run as different user" on "Start" Application Bar in Windows 8 and 8.1

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This will show you how to add or remove "Run as different user" command on the Start application bar for all or specific users in Windows 8.

If added, you will see this on the application bar when you right click or press and hold on a single app to select the app on the Start screen. This would be for a pinned to Start "Metro" app or BAT, CMD, EXE, MSC, and MSI file.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: "Run as different user" Added to "Start" Application Bar
NOTE: In this example, I had Internet Explorer selected, but you can select any single app you like though.

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Run as Different User - Add or Remove on OPTION ONE Run as Different User - Add or Remove on
To Add or Remove "Run as different user" on Start using a BAT Download


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

ShowRunAsDifferentUserInStart DWORD

0 = Remove "Run as different user"
1 = Add "Run as different user"


1.
Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Add "Run as different user" for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Add_Run-as-Different-User_on_Start.bat

download

B) Go to step 4 below.

3. To Remove "Run as different user" for All Users

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

Remove_Run-as-Different-User_on_Start.bat

download

B) Go to step 4 below.

4. Save the .bat file to the desktop.

5. Right click or press and hold on the downloaded .bat file, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC).
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

7. You will now notice a command prompt and your screen flash quickly as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.






Run as Different User - Add or Remove on OPTION TWO Run as Different User - Add or Remove on
To Add or Remove "Run as different user" on Start in Group Policy

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

1.
Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and open Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

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3.
In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on Show "Run as different user" command on Start. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. To Remove "Run as different user"

A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6A)
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

B) Go to step 7 below.

6. To Add "Run as different user"

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.



That's it,
Shawn