I am trying to run Active Directory Admin Center (dsac.exe) on Windows 7 as another user by means of creating a shortcut, rather than having to Shift+Right click and specify the user.

On Windows XP I could create a runas shortcut like this (forget for a moment that dsac.exe does not exist in Windows XP):

runas /user:DOMAIN\user dsac.exe

When I run this on Windows 7, the cmd style windows pops up and asks for the password for DOMAIN\user, but I get the following message:

Attempting to start dsac.exe as user "DOMAIN\user" ...
RUNAS ERROR: Unable to run - dsac.exe
740: The requested operation requires elevation.

How do I get Windows 7 to automatically run dsac.exe as a specified user? I'm happy to fill in a password prompt for the specified user, but would be even happier if there was a solution that cached the password, so I didn't have to enter it more than once a day.


The following worked, but feels a bit clunky:

runas /user:DOMAIN\user "cmd /c Start /B dsac.exe"

This prompts for the password, then throws up the UAC dialog, and then opens the app.

Is there a way to do this that bypasses the UAC dialog (without just turning off UAC altogether)?

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    Have you tried running the same command from an elevated command prompt? If you run right-click cmd and do 'Run as Administrator' and then run the command, does it still give you the 740 error? – JohnThePro Mar 28 '12 at 16:58

Unfortunately, the only way to bypass UAC is to turn it off in policy. So I don't think you'll be able to run without the prompt.

To save yourself some trouble though, you can create a desktop shortcut with your command. When you run the shortcut, it should give you the UAC prompt, but then a command prompt to enter your password.

That way, at least you don't need to key in your command anymore.


You can use the RUNAS.EXE /SAVECRED option to cache the password. This means you only need to enter it once, leaving just a UAC elevation prompt to contend with. However, you may not want the AD tool to launch without entering a password. The credentials are securely stored in your profile.

Also, although not truly relevant here, a shortcut can be configured to always use your admin token (properties... advanced... run as administrator).


Go through with following command. Right Click on your Desktop - Select New+Shortcut copy line below and edit with domain name and password - Click next provide name and click finish.

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:Domainname\username "mmc %windir%\system32\dsa.msc

Double click the file. A black screen will appear type your password. Note : While typing the password characters will be invisible.

  • Unfortunately that does not work - I don't get any output at all from running the above command. Anyway - I'm not looking for dsa.msc. I'm looking for the dashboard style dsac.exe. – dunxd Apr 2 '12 at 10:34

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