Are you looking for an easy way to Run Task Manager as admin in Windows 10 while you are still logged into another user account without admin privileges?
This scenario often plays out on our home computers while someone on a user account without admin privileges gets stuck or is unable to download something due to lack of admin permissions.
Why You May Have Separate User Accounts
Before getting to the actual steps to Run Windows Task Manager as Admin from another account, let us briefly take a look at why different user accounts are required on computers
1. It is a good practice to setup a different user account without admin privileges for your kids on your Windows computer. This prevents them for downloading potentially harmful programs to the computer and executing any action that might harm the computer
2. Computers at a place of work are generally managed by a user with admin privileges while all other users are allowed to log in with restrictive accounts and without administrative privileges
3. It is a good safety measure to have an everyday user account that is separate from the admin account so that you have something to fall back on, in case something goes wrong with the first one.
Run Windows Task Manager As Admin From Another Account
Most of us can remember being forced to logout from our everyday user account and login to the admin account to execute certain tasks that could not be executed while being logged into a regular user account without admin privileges.
This can get inconvenient and at times you may come across a situation where logging out of a regular user account gets difficult and you wish if it was somehow easy to Run Windows Task Manager as Admin without logging out of your regular user account.
Well there is an easier way to do this (in fact two ways), just follow the steps below to Run Windows Task Manager As Admin from any other account without admin rights.
1. Hit Windows + R Keys to bring up the Run command dialogue box. Another way of doing this is to right click on Windows 10 Start button and click on Run (See image below)
2. Type runas /user:Admin taskmgr in the command box and click OK
Note: In this example ‘Admin’ is the name of the user with administrative privileges. In your case, the admin name might be something else. Most likely it might be your own first or last name, as it is quite common to create user accounts with admin privileges using names.
For example you may type the command runas /user:Curtis taskmgr, in case you had created an user account by your first name Curtis and given it admin privileges.
In order to use this command you do need to know the name of the user that has admin rights and you also need to know the admin password.
3. Once you click OK, you will see a popup window asking you to enter the password for the admin account.
Another Way to Run Windows Task Manager As Admin
Here is another way to Run Windows Task Manager As Admin, in case the first method does not suit you or just to know yet another way of doing this.
1. Type in taskmgr in the Windows 10 Start search box. This will bring up the Task Manager desktop app
2. Right-click on the Task Manger Desktop app icon, and select Run as administrator from the pop up dialogue box.
3. On the next screen you will be asked to enter the password for the admin account.
As you can see, this method allows you to Run as Administrator only, while the first method allows you to run the Task Manager command as any other user by replacing the ‘Admin’ name with the name of any other user.