Have multiple accounts but can only have one instance running at the same time? How can you run a script or application as another user? In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to run apps as different user in Windows 10. This is very useful for applications that attempt to enforce a one instance on a machine for example Github or Dropbox, this also means, unique settings per account and it can run con-currently with the other user’s application.
Method 1: Shift + Right-Click Context Menu
Open File Explorer and browse to the executable file you wish to run as different user. Simply hold down the Shift key and right-click on the executable file, select Run as different user from the context menu.
Next you have to enter the user name and the password of the user which we want use to open the application.
Method 2: Run as Different User via Command Line
Runas is a very useful command in Windows. This command allows to run applications under a different user account, even as an Administrator. To use the Runas command, you need to provide a different user’s credentials and the full path of the application you want to run.
For example, if you want to open Notepad as your Windows user Bob, the command line would be as below.
runas /user:Bob “C:\Windows\notepad.exe”
After running the above command, you will be asked to enter the password of Bob account. After password validation, Notepad will be opened with the specified account credentials.
Method 3: Run as Different User via Start Menu
If you want to run apps as different user from Start Menu in Windows 10, you need to tweak the Group Policy setting.
- Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up the Run box, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
- In the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate to:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar
- In right-side pane, double-click on the policy called Show “Run as different user” command on Start.
- Set the policy to Enabled, then click OK to save your changes.
- Reboot your computer. Right-click any application on the Start Menu, you’ll see a new option “Run as different user” for quick access.