I wish that .CPLs and .MSCs were smarter about normal users. I want to be a normal user, open a Control Panel applet, and have it prompt me for credentials if needed. Same thing for the administrative tools.
Here’s what I do instead.
I create a set of shortcuts in a folder called “Control Panel”:
runas.exe /user:Administrator “control access.cpl”
I even set the icon by pointing it back at the .CPL file.
I do something similar with a folder called “Administrative Tools”:
runas.exe /profile /user:Administrator “mmc %windir%\System32\compmgmt.msc”
Both folders go into the “Admin Tools“ folder, along with
CMD w/ network
runas.exe /env /user:Administrator “runas.exe /user:%USERDOMAIN%\%USERNAME% /env /netonly \”cmd\””
There’s a bug in Windows XP where certain controls running in this mode just won’t paint. It seems to be fixed in Windows Server 2003. Don’t know about Windows XP SP2.
runas.exe /env /user:Administrator “cmd”
Explorer w/ network. Enable “Launch folder windows in a separate process”, as both yourself & Administrator.
runas.exe /env /user:Administrator “runas.exe /user:%USERDOMAIN%\%USERNAME% /env /netonly \”explorer\””
runas.exe /user:Administrator taskmgr.exe
runas.exe /user:Administrator regedit.exe –m
The Admin Tools folder then becomes a toolbar on my taskbar. With all this in place, I can get by as a normal user.