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, 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

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

Fixed a crash in Windows 7 x64

Fixed crash for empty shortcut target

Added Czech translation
Fixed Setting dialog title

Fixed issue with spaces in path.

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

Fixed 'below normal' priority issue for newly started apps

Added an option to convert regular shortcuts into elevated

Added an option to delete previously created shortcuts.

The initial release.

Donate options for satisfied users:


  1. Anonymous
    23 Oct 12

    I disable the UAC ...

  2. Anonymous
    23 Oct 12

    does not work with spaces in the name

  3. Anonymous
    23 Oct 12

    file name i mean need it for Raiderz Launcher.exe

  4. Sergey
    23 Oct 12

    Wait I will look

  5. Sergey
    23 Oct 12

    fixed. Thanks for the report

  6. Anonymous
    24 Oct 12

    thank you that was fast

  7. Anonymous
    25 Oct 12

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

  8. Sergey
    26 Oct 12

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

  9. sub205
    26 Oct 12

    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!

  10. sub205
    26 Oct 12

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

  11. Sergey
    26 Oct 12

    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.

    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.

  12. r2r
    02 Nov 12

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

  13. r2d2
    03 Nov 12

    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

  14. asd
    29 Nov 12

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

  15. FFL
    16 Dec 12

    Works as advertised. Launches Applications without UAC Prompt.

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

  16. Guest
    28 Dec 12

    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?

  17. Sergey
    29 Dec 12

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

  18. prot
    20 Mar 13

    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??

  19. Error message ver. 7
    22 Mar 13

    I get an error which I do not understand

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

  20. Sergey
    23 Mar 13

    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.

  21. Worked great ... then stopped?
    26 Mar 13

    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?

  22. Sergey
    27 Mar 13

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

  23. tom
    02 Apr 13

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

  24. Sergey
    02 Apr 13

    Which links you mentioned?
    I need no any links

  25. DyNama, Ohio, USA
    14 Apr 13

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

  26. Scott_Y
    13 May 13

    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.

  27. anonymous
    19 May 13

    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.

  28. Sergey
    19 May 13

    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.

  29. anonymous
    04 Jul 13

    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 ;-)

  30. erngab
    23 Aug 13

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

  31. Mat
    28 Aug 13

    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 :-)

  32. bobsobol
    10 Sep 13

    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.

  33. Joco1114
    15 Sep 13

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

  34. Razor011
    12 Dec 13

    This does not work for me.

  35. ega2002
    17 Jan 14

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

  36. proclaimation
    26 Feb 14

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

  37. stefanossts@gmail.com
    04 Mar 14

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

  38. stefanossts@gmail.com
    01 May 14

    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.

  39. Looxl
    09 May 14

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

  40. Harry
    11 Jun 14

    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.

  41. Anonymous
    24 Jun 14

    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.

  42. Anonymous
    01 Jul 14

    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?

  43. jogold
    30 Jul 14

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

  44. Paco
    12 Aug 14

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

    path in the first shortcut was:

    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.

  45. Guest
    30 Aug 14

    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"

  46. stsaerox
    26 Jan 15

    I want to create shortcuts like "C:\Windows\System32\net.exe start uxsms" but this app does not work with it.

  47. Guest
    01 Feb 15

    Works for me! Brilliant little utility. Prior to this I spent hours trying to get one program to run without asking for permission. A couple of clicks with this and the job is done. (Windows 7 Pro.) Thanks!!

  48. Marm70
    03 Mar 15

    Yes it's supper, but it isn't working with users who aren't administrator permission... Can You try it ?

  49. Marm70
    09 Mar 15

    Have You any idea, Sergey? I have many laptops I set them users permission and sometimes I must connect to them through remote app and can't. I do not want to give them admin password every time. (Sorry for my english...)

  50. tim
    14 Mar 15

    Hi, the context-menu dont work with Windows 8.1 Pro. Altough it works without context-menu.

  51. zepe
    11 Apr 15

    How do I change the location where elevated shortcuts are stored? If I need to uninstall it, how do I do that?

  52. Sergey
    11 Apr 15

    To change location, just use move the shortcut using Explorer.
    To uninstall it, well, delete it from new location.
    It will leave a task in the task scheduller.
    This behaviour must be changed definitelly.
    I will merge this app with Winaero Tweaker, then I will change this behaviour.

  53. Joe
    14 Apr 15

    The name ElevatedShortcut is a misnomer. It does work but only from an Administrator account. In other words, if you click on the shortcuts from a Standard account nothing will happen. For that matter, all this software does is disable the UAC dialogs when clicking on a shortcut that requires elevated privileges.

  54. Allan
    11 Jun 15

    Thanx, it worked with my portable application!

  55. Gray
    03 Aug 15

    Add windows 10 support, please.

  56. Greg
    07 Aug 15

    "Add windows 10 support, please." +1

  57. KERR
    20 Aug 15

    This is great, had a lot of applications in the startup folder that weren't starting on Win8/Win10 but worked fine on Win7. Now they startup! FYI working great on Win10 x64.

  58. kurdi
    22 Oct 15

    Not working for me on Windows 10 x64!

  59. kurdi
    24 Oct 15

    Actually, it does work on my Windows 10 64 bit
    However, you should run the Windows 7 version, and it will work, not the Windows 8 version.
    Strange, but worked for me.

  60. Economy
    12 Jan 16

    Windows 10 x64:

    Windows 7 version works, BUT:

    You have to manually create the elevated shortcut with menu "New Shortcut"

  61. Anonymous
    22 Jan 16

    Where are the Settings saved? Registry? Where?!? :(

  62. Sasa
    17 Feb 16

    I created shortcut on my PC but when copy to other PC it doesnt work even every settings ar the same:

    Target: C:\Windows\system32\schtasks.exe /run /tn elevated_ruac_SYSSUSAsresUC
    Start in: C:\Users\ASUS\SYS

    I place ruac.bat which shoud be started elevated in C:\Users\ASUS\SYS ???

    When I create shorcut with ElevetedShortcut on target P C it works but when copy to other id doesn`t?

  63. Sasa
    17 Feb 16

    c:\Users\ASUS\SYS>C:\Windows\system32\schtasks.exe /run /tn elevated_ruac_SYSSUSAsresUC

    ERROR: The system cannot find the file specified.

    Even file ruac is there ???

    I copied file and shortcut from other PC where i prepared everything)

  64. grawool
    04 Jun 16

    Would love Windows 10 support for this! Thanks.

  65. W10 user
    23 Jun 16

    Create new shortcut works on W10 using the W7 version.
    Modify existing shortcut does not work on W10 using the W7 version.
    But who cares, create new shortcut works, good stuff, thanks very much from England.

Submit comment