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How To Add 'Run As Administrator' To MSI Files

Depending on the type of tasks you're doing at the time, some programs require administrator privileges to execute commands and function properly. In such cases, you'd simply right-click It and select Run as administrator. However, when working with files with a .MSI file extension, the option Is not there, hence In this tutorial, I will show you how to add Run as administrator to MSI files In the right-click context menu.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. Upon right-clicking my executable file named setup.exe, the Run as administrator option Is available In the context menu as shown below. I can now launch the file with full unrestricted elevated rights.

If however, you try and do the same with a .MSI (Windows Installer Package) file, the Run as administrator Is not available by default. It's very Important to have the option at your disposal, particularly when experiencing Access Denied or No Permission errors.

As such, I will demonstrate how to add Run as administrator to MSI files, by using a neat little Registry file that will automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry, and apply the option thereafter. I have provided the download links to the Registry file, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's rip Into this tutorial.

Step One:

Once you've downloaded the file, extract It's contents to a folder of your choice and double-click the Add MSI.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.

Step Two:

A message will be displayed, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry, so click OK to finalize the process. Let's make sure the change has taken effect In the next couple of steps.

Step Three:

Here's what happened when I right-clicked my Setup.msi file, before the above tweak was applied. The Run as administrator option Is not available.

Step Four:

And here's the result after applying the tweak. As you can see, upon right-clicking my MSI file, the Run as administrator option has been applied to the context menu. Perfect! All MSI files can now be executed with unrestricted elevated rights.

Last Step:

In the event you've changed your mind and want to remove Run as administrator, simply double-click the Remove MSI.reg file, and hit Yes.

Final Thoughts:

One of the good things about applying this tweak, Is that It automatically add the entries to the Windows Registry hence (unlike manually performing tweaks), there's very little to no chance of corruption. Moreover, the change can be reversed, just as easy as It was to apply.

Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.

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