Run Batch File With Admin Rights

Posted : admin On 1/25/2022

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  1. Run Batch File Without Admin Rights
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  3. Run Batch File With Admin Rights Windows 7

I ran into this problem when working with symlinks on Windows 8.1 and then Windows 10. See Windows 10 symlinks.

The solution is pretty simple and it was tested and works on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Note that scripts like this will eventually find their way somewhere into my git repository: https://github.com/spiralofhope/shell-random/tree/master

  1. Yes, you're able to run a batch file with administrative rights. Unfortunately, you can't do this directly from the batch file it self. You would need to first create a shortcut of that batch file and change the properties for that shortcut in order to make this work.
  2. In this Quick tutorial i will show you how to run.bat files (plus similar files) as ADMINISTRATOR. MAk Productions.

Run Batch File Without Admin Rights

I have a Windows 2008 domain. I have a domain user that I would like to use to run a Scheduled Task. The task runs a batch file which restarts the DNS service on the DC. What permissions do I need to give the user? I'm currently receiving the operational code (2) so I believe it's a permissions issue. Thank you in advance!

  • 1A batch file learning if it is run as administrator
  • 3BatchGotAdmin (Windows 8)

With thanks to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7044985/how-can-i-auto-elevate-my-batch-file-so-that-it-requests-from-uac-administrator/12264592#12264592

Run a batch file only if administrator ∞

How to run a batch file with admin rights

Run a batch file only if not administrator ∞

An example of use can be found on my github:

Put this code more-or-less at the beginning of your batch file:

Spoiler
  • On Windows 10, as of 2016-01-31 this worked, but as of 2016-02-11 this no longer works.
  • I have not re-tested this code on Windows 8. It worked when I used it, some time ago.

    • Perhaps the change to Windows 10 also means this no longer works on Windows 8. I don't know.
  • I am told that cacls.exe is is deprecated in Windows 7 and newer, and changing calcs to icalcs works.

    • However, I've only ever used this as cacls.exe.
    • Perhaps this breaking in Windows 10 as of 2016-02-11 is because calcs.exe was removed.

Put this code more-or-less at the beginning of your batch file:

Spoiler

An example script to create a directory symlink ∞

Problem:

I want to have an application's user data (configuration) in a place of my choosing.

This example happens to be for Path of Exile - (2013 game).

  1. Create the directory C:Path_of_Exile
  2. Create the directory C:Path_of_Exile_user data
  3. Create the file C:Path_of_Exilefilename.cmd with the below content:

example filename.cmd

TODO - Your source path can't have spaces in it. I don't know why.

An example script to create many symlinks ∞

Problem:

Given a directory which has many files and subdirectories, create symlinks in a companion directory.

  1. Create the directory C:source
  2. Create the directory C:sourceone
  3. Create the directory C:sourcetwo
  4. Create the directory C:target
  5. Create the file C:sourcefilename.cmd with the below content:

example filename.cmd

@ECHO OFF

SET 'SOURCE=C:source'
SET 'TARGET=C:target'

:: BatchGotAdmin
:: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1894967/how-to-request-administrator-access-inside-a-batch-file
:: https://sites.google.com/site/eneerge/scripts/batchgotadmin
:-------------------------------------
REM --> Check for permissions
>nul 2>&1 '%SYSTEMROOT%system32cacls.exe' '%SYSTEMROOT%system32configsystem'

REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin.
if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' (

echo Requesting administrative privileges...
goto UACPrompt

) else ( goto gotAdmin )

:UACPrompt

echo Set UAC = CreateObject^('Shell.Application'^) > '%temp%getadmin.vbs'
set params = %*:'='
echo UAC.ShellExecute 'cmd.exe', '/c %~s0 %params%', ', 'runas', 1 >> '%temp%getadmin.vbs'

Run Batch File With Admin Rights

'%temp%getadmin.vbs'
del '%temp%getadmin.vbs'
exit /B

:gotAdmin

pushd '%CD%'
CD /D '%~dp0'

:--------------------------------------

:: Directories
FOR /D %%i in ( *.* ) DO (

ECHO * Processing %SOURCE%%%i
ECHO %TARGET%%%i
mklink /J '%TARGET%%%i' '%SOURCE%%%i'

)
:: Files
FOR %%i in ( * ) DO (

ECHO * Processing %SOURCE%%%i
ECHO %TARGET%%%i
mklink '%TARGET%%%i' '%SOURCE%%%i'

Run Bat File As Administrator Command Line

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Run Batch File With Admin Rights Windows 7

This works at the commandline (when run as admin!) but not from explorer.exe if I run a filename.cmd script with this: