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Run Windows Task Manager as Admin

It isn’t uncommon for computers, particularly those managed in an office network to be managed by a user with admin privileges while the other users log in as normal users with some limitations imposed.


Some users themselves prefer to keep their routine account separate from the admin account so that they have something to fall back on in case something goes wrong with the first one. One of the many things you can do from an admin account, or if you have admin rights on a system is quit troublesome processes which refuse to quit from an account with low-level privileges via the Task Manager. If you’ve ever needed to run Task Manager as an admin user on your current account, here’s a simple way of doing just that.

From Start Menu

  • Go to Start and type taskmgr on the search box;
  • Right click on Task Manager and select Run as administrator (You need to enter the password for the admin account if your account has limited access)

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From Shortcut

  • Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on New\Shortcut;
  • Copy and Paste C:\Windows\System32\taskmgr.exe into the location box, then click on the Next button;


  • Type in anything you like, in my case I have typed Run Task Manager as Admin, and then click the Finish button.


  • Right click on the new Run Task Manager as Admin shortcut on your desktop, click on Properties, go to Shortcut tab, and then click the Advanced button;


  • Check the Run as administrator box, then click on OK.


Note: You can also Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

Using Run

  • Hit Windows Key + R to bring up the Run box;
  • Then type runas /user:admin_user taskmgr in the box and click OK (where admin_user is the name of the user with administrative privileges. You will also need to know the admin password);


  • Once you click OK, it will open a Command Prompt window and you will be asked to enter the password for the admin account.

I hope that this article helped you to understand how to run Windows Task Manager as Admin or any another user. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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