Missing "Run as administrator" option in context menu in start menu searches

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The "Run as administrator" potion doesn't appear in the context menu for programs discovered in a search using the start menu. See images.

Is there a fix for this?


 

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Last updated July 16, 2019 Views 43,843 Applies to:

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Hi,

 

1.       Were there any changes made on the computer prior to the issue?

 

Follow these methods and check if it helps:

 

Method 1:

I would suggest you to try performing SFC (System File Checker) scan on your computer and check if the issue still persists. To view how to perform the SFC Scan click on the Kb article and follow the steps.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929833

 

 

Method 2:

I would suggest you to creating a new user account and check if you face the similar issue:

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Create-a-user-account

 

Also refer to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/fix-a-corrupted-user-profile

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Now Ive had this with word.


If you press <shift> and then right-click the item, is it there then?


My Notepad has the 'run as admin' choice, but word does not for me. (TBH I'm not sure if word should or not?) But if I <shift> as well, then its there for word.



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Sorry it took me a long time to reply, SFC reveals no integrity violations. Making a new user account does not solve the problem.

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​Hi,

 

Follow these mehtods and check:

 

Method 1:

I would suggest you to do a system restore to an earlier point of time before the issue occurred.
What is System Restore?
 
 
Method 2:

I would suggest you to follow these steps:

a. Right click on the program.

b. Under Compatibility tab, check if you have the option “Run this program as an administrator”.

 

Method 3:

Try to run Microsoft Safety Scanner for any spyware or malware infection and check if it helps.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again. Any data files that are infected may only be cleaned by deleting the file entirely, which means there is a potential for data loss.

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I can't follow method one because the problem started months ago and I'm just now getting around to troubleshooting.

Method two only forces the program to run in administrator whenever I open it, that's not what I want to do, I want to restore the "Run as administrator" option to the context menu.

Anti-malware scans don't indicate the presence of an infection.

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Not sure, but maybe - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/200558-run-administrator-add-remove-context-menu-windows-7-a.html


I've not had need to try it though



As they are REG files, at least  backup your Registry before using them - just in case.




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Adding the registry entries didn't work; however, I removed the entries for take ownership and now the run as administrator option is back. Unfortunately, the duplicate options remain, see image.

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Adding the registry entries didn't work; however, I removed the entries for take ownership and now the run as administrator option is back. Unfortunately, the duplicate options remain, see image.


This might help.

Duplicate context-menu entries when you right-click a shortcut
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/dupcontexts.htm

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Thanks, but the registry entries already exist. It might be relevant that this only happens when I right click on search results from a start menu search.

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See if eliminating third-party context menus shell extensions help. third party extensions can create weird problems sometimes. You need to use an utlity like ShellExView, and disable non-Microsoft context menu handlers one by one (or disable items in a batch) and observe.

ShellExView - Shell Extension Manager For Windows:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html

And the instructions are here (see "Method 2")
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/slowrightclick.htm

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