Hw to run an app as different user on Windows 10

Multiple user accounts can be set up on a single Windows 10 installation. A user can sign in to their own account where they have their own user folder, libraries and desktop.

Normally, users do not have to run apps like other users. The only exception is when an app needs administrative rights. In this case, a user will want to run an app as administrator and there is usually an option in the right click menu of that app to do so.

Run an app as a different user

Although uncommon, a user, or even an administrator, may need to run an app as another user set up on the same system. The option to do so is also built into Windows 10 but since it is not often needed, it is not clear that it exists.

  1. Find the EXE or shortcut to the app that you want to run.
  2. Hold down the Move key and right click on the file.
  3. The context table Run as a different user option. Choose it.

  1. Select the user you want to run the app as.
  2. Enter the username and password for the user.

Create a shortcut

Another way to run an app as a different user is to change a shortcut for the app.

  1. Create a shortcut for the app.
  2. Right-click on the next button and select real estate from the context menu.
  3. Go to Tab shortcut.
  4. Edit target area and enter the following but change it with the username for the user you want the app to run as.
runas /savecred /user:DOMAINUSERNAME "path to executable"

Required option ‘Run as a different user’

Most apps will have a ‘Run as a different user’ option in their context menu but most don’t mean all of that. There will be exceptions.

Apps that do not create a directory and store preferences in the user’s folder are sub-apps that do not have the option ‘Run as a different user’ C:Users. Similarly, portable apps cannot be run as a separate user because they have never been installed, however, it is worth checking to see if the option exists.


Running apps as a different user will allow you to see how the app is running for them ie, what kind of environment it is loading and what are the options for that user. If a user is unable to launch an app, you can check how the app runs on your own user account but enable the settings to load the other user. It’s a very simple way to solve a troublesome app.

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