ElevatedShortcut for Windows 7 and Windows 8

ElevatedShortcut is my project from the past. It was created in early 2010 and it was never introduced here. So let me fix this mistake.
ElevatedShortcut is a free portable application which supports Windows 7 and [now] Windows 8. It can create the special shortcut which will suppress UAC prompt in case if it is usually appeared, i.e application will be started elevated without any prompt. Here how it looks:

Latest version is ElevatedShortcut 2.0.0.8, please see the change log below



The key features of ElevatedShortcut are following:


  • Create new elevated shortcut or convert existing shortcut to elevated.
  • Delete the previously created shortcut.
  • Explorer context menu integration for exe, cmd, bat and com files.
  • Russian and English UI language.
  • All elevated shortcuts will be created using Windows Task Scheduler, so you will be able to use them even if you have deleted the ElevatedShortcut application.
  • An application which is started from the elevated shortcut will have NORMAL priority instead of BELOW NORMAL (like Task Scheduler does it by default) for better performance.


Demo video:


Change log


v2.0.0.8
Added the "Working directory" option which can be used by application.
Fixed Czech translation.

v2.0.0.7
Fixed a crash in Windows 7 x64

v2.0.0.6
Fixed crash for empty shortcut target

v2.0.0.5
Added Czech translation
Fixed Setting dialog title

v2.0.0.4
Fixed issue with spaces in path.

v2.0.0.3
  • AD/Domain workaround
  • Minor UI changes
  • Fixed application multiple instance issue
  • "*.*" as default option is "Choose a file" dialog.


v2.0.0.2
Fixed 'below normal' priority issue for newly started apps

v2.0
Added an option to convert regular shortcuts into elevated

v1.5
Added an option to delete previously created shortcuts.

v1.0
The initial release.

Download: ElevatedShortcut for Windows 7 and Windows 8


Donate options for satisfied users:

Comments
Anonymous | 23 Oct 12
Guest


I disable the UAC ...

Anonymous | 23 Oct 12
Guest


does not work with spaces in the name

Anonymous | 23 Oct 12
Guest


file name i mean need it for Raiderz Launcher.exe

Sergey | 23 Oct 12
Comments: 485


Wait I will look

Sergey | 23 Oct 12
Comments: 485


fixed. Thanks for the report

Anonymous | 24 Oct 12
Guest


thank you that was fast

Anonymous | 25 Oct 12
Guest


does not load in windows 7x64.. 'stopped working' message

Sergey | 26 Oct 12
Comments: 485


hmm, WTF.
Wait, i will check everything again.

sub205 | 26 Oct 12
Guest


I can confirm the cash issue von win7x64. Had the same error while running your WinRAliasmanager from a unmapped network drive! Copied it to desktop - works!

sub205 | 26 Oct 12
Guest


-cash+crash
but ironic, more crash means less cash on todays markets :-D

Sergey | 26 Oct 12
Comments: 485


Now I can confirm x64 crash too.
That because of wrong resource compiled with Windows 7 version.
I will rebuild Windows 7 version today.
I am sorry.
sub205
Had the same error while running your WinRAliasmanager from a unmapped network drive!

I can't fix that. I just don't know how. Use local copy of software.

r2r | 02 Nov 12
Guest


win8 nor working, creates ordinary shortcuts no elevation request screen, no extra elevation icon on shortcut, uac enabled

r2d2 | 02 Nov 12
Guest


r2r this is a main goal of this software. Read carefully:
ElevatedShortcut is a free portable application which supports Windows 7 and [now] Windows 8. It can create the special shortcut which will suppress UAC prompt in case if it is usually appeared

asd | 29 Nov 12
Guest


Very impressive program! Does exactly what it promises, no strings attached. Thank you sir!

FFL | 16 Dec 12
Guest


Works as advertised. Launches Applications without UAC Prompt.

Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.......

Guest | 28 Dec 12
Guest


I've tried out with Mojangs Minecraft.exe and Minecraft_Server.exe on Windows 7 (i7-2600-machine).
Both don't work. The shortcuts have been created, but starting the game or the server results in crashing and a "Windows error report is genetated" silently.
Starting the game via normal link works properly of course.
Any idea?

Sergey | 29 Dec 12
Comments: 485


What will happens i you right clikc on "normal" shortcut and choose "Run as Administrator" ?

prot | 19 Mar 13
Guest


doesnt work for standard user accounts.

im trying to run peerblock from windows startup by using this under standard account but doesnt work
when creating the shortcut while logged in as admin it works but when goign to standard account and trying to run it fails.. any help??

Error message ver. 7 | 22 Mar 13
Guest


I get an error which I do not understand

Could not load file or assembly 'Inerop WshRuntimeLibrary,Version=1.0.0.0. Culture=neutral. PublicKey Token=null' or one of its dependencies. The system can not find the file specified.

Sergey | 23 Mar 13
Comments: 485


The Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll file is REQUIRED to run the app under Windows 7
Use application from the "Windows 7" folder. It already has everything required.
For Windows 8, use the app from the Windows 8 folder.

Worked great ... then stopped? | 26 Mar 13
Guest


When I first trreid it the shortcuts worked great. The after a day or two the elevated shortcuts didn't work at all. When i clicked on them -> nothing opened - just dead.
I use CCleaner and Wise's Disk Cleaner on a daily basis. Is there something that I am deleting that should be left?

Sergey | 27 Mar 13
Comments: 485


Looks like some of those app has deleted task sheduller's task which Elevated Shortcut uses for own purposes.

tom | 02 Apr 13
Guest


nice tool.
with 'surun' u can do it, too.
and u don't need links anymore.
(sourcecode is open )

Sergey | 02 Apr 13
Comments: 485


Which links you mentioned?
I need no any links

DyNama, Ohio, USA | 13 Apr 13
Guest


it works, even when i put the elevated shortcuts in Startup Delayer!

Scott_Y | 13 May 13
Guest


A regular shortcut opened its program in a maximized state. However, after converting to an elevated shortcut, it now opens as a regular window. How can I force it to open maximized? Thanks.

anonymous | 19 May 13
Guest


Seems to work. Thanks.
Could you please reduce the number of download buttons
and correct the description with regard to the supported
Windows versions?
Thanks again.

Sergey | 19 May 13
Comments: 485


What is wrong with description?
Regarding to download buttons: I have implemented new version of web site. When I will 'release' it into public, the amount of download buttons will be reduced.

anonymous | 04 Jul 13
Guest


Sorry, Sergey, for the late reply.
I don't remember the mismatch.
Nevertheless, your program compensates for the little inconvenience.
It works nice on Windows 8 Pro.
So I will click the one and only donate button ;-)

erngab | 23 Aug 13
Guest


In admin account work OK, in standard user not work.
Is somehow possibly to work in standard user accounts?
Regards.

Mat | 28 Aug 13
Guest


Thanks ! it works perfectly under Win7 ! I got rid of these annoying pop-up ! without security breach ...

Very nice
(The numerous so-called "download buttons" are Google ads ... : just need to be careful when choosing the button :-)

bobsobol | 10 Sep 13
Guest


I guess that anonymous 19 May may be referring to the fact that this should work on Vista? Very little changed at API level between Vista and 7, so....

@erngab: Elevating the token of a standard user does nothing. Their token is not powerful enough to do anything that an Admin cannot do without elevating. So, no. What you are looking for is called "Run As", because a standard user will need to use alternative credentials (those of an administrator) in order to achieve anything which requires elevation anyway.

Joco1114 | 15 Sep 13
Guest


Is it possible to make elevated shortcuts from command line with this tool?

Razor011 | 11 Dec 13
Guest


This does not work for me.

ega2002 | 16 Jan 14
Guest


Doesn't work for me too (task is not created) in Win8.1 x64 Pro

proclaimation | 25 Feb 14
Guest


creates shortcuts but the shortcuts do nothing on Windows 7 Home.

stefanossts@gmail.com | 03 Mar 14
Guest


I cannot make it work for spybot 1.6.2 and peerblock 1.2!!! The new shortcut launches a cmd window that instantly closes...

stefanossts@gmail.com | 01 May 14
Guest


My final conclusion is that this application and the type of shortcuts it makes won't work if the built in administrator account isn't enabled.

Looxl | 09 May 14
Guest


Dosn't work with Win8.1Pro x64. Task is created but after start no app-windows comes up.

Harry | 11 Jun 14
Guest


Just installed ElevatedShortcut on a USB stick, and ran it on my Windows 7 Pro (64 bit) computer. I used the 'Modify Shortcut' option on 4 programs. It works perfectly, and suppresses the UAC prompt as it should. Thanks for creating this great time saving utility.

I also like that you create the elevated shortcuts using Windows Task Scheduler, so I can export them for safe keeping.

But I notice that you install your elevated shortcuts in the main "Task Scheduler Library' folder, rather than in a sub-folder, where it would be easier to not mistake what they are. I have created such a sub-folder.

My question is: can I move these 4 elevated shortcuts to that sub-folder by dragging them, or use Export/Import to do so? I don't know if your code specifies where the shortcut files are stored, and therefore could not find the elevated shortcuts if they were moved.

Anonymous | 24 Jun 14
Guest


Application creates shortcuts but I would prefer if it would start becoming the top-most window on my desktop(focus). After run deskop shortcut created focus remain on shortcut not aplication lunched. I create a shortcut for an old DOS apps in Win7 32.

Anonymous | 01 Jul 14
Guest


I just tried to use the application to allow a standard user to run the c:\windows\system32\tabcal.exe application on a Windows 8.1 Pro tablet so they can calibrate the screen to the stylus. The shotcut was created, but when I try to run it nothing happens, any ideas?

jogold | 30 Jul 14
Guest


will this work on Win8 64bit Standard accounts?
will this work on Win8 64bit Child accounts?
on win7 it worked like a charm
thx

Paco | 12 Aug 14
Guest


I created 3 shortcuts but the latter ones overwrote the previous. All had the same "Task name" y ElevatedShortcut 2.0.0.8

path in the first shortcut was:
C:\4nt\4NT.exe

path in second one was:
c:\4nt\4NT.exe /K "C:\4nt\Apagar_en_3h.btm 1"

path in third one was:
c:\4nt\4NT.exe /K "C:\4nt\Apagar_en_3h.btm"

The task for all three was created as "elevated_4NT_tn4C", so they all did the same thing.


Guest | 30 Aug 14
Guest


Can you PLEASE create the options to use this program with command line. (sorry for the bad english, i am german). What I mean is:

if i open cmd.exe (or any program that supports command lines for that matter), i want to be able to type something like this and create an elevated shortcut:
elevatedshortcut.exe -m /tp "c:\targetpath\file.exe" /wd "c:\working directory" /sl "c:\shortcutlocation"

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