Always Run Visual Studio 2012 as Administrator in Windows 8


Are you on Windows 8? Being annoyed always doing right click and “Run As Administrator” for Visual Studio and then Open Solution/Project? Being annoyed when Solution Explorer displays Project Load Failed when you double click the Solution/Project file to open? This happens for a reason, I would say this to be a big plus point in Windows 8. You should not run any application as Administrator unless you badly need it.

With Administrator access, a program possesses unlimited capabilities.


In case you badly need Visual Studio to Run as Administrator, you can make it happen with following steps…

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Right Click on “devenv.exe”
  2. Click “Troubleshoot compatibility”
  3. Click “Troubleshoot program”
  4. Check “The program requires additional permissions”
  5. Click “Next”
  6. Click “Test the program…”. It should launch Visual Studio as Administrator
  7. Click “Next”
  8. Click “Yes, save these settings for this program”
  9. Click “Close the troubleshooter”

Now the Visual Studio will always run as Administrator.


In future, when you no longer need it, you can revert it back to default following similar steps above by Unchecking “The program requires additional permissions”.

Comments (1)

  1. Sara says:

    Works like a charm. Thank you! 🙂

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