On Windows 10 and SSMS 2016, I can no longer start SSMS as another user. I need to be able to do this in order to use trusted authentication to connect to some of my databases. This used to work fine, but using Windows 7 and an older version of SSMS.

If I right-click on the icon and choose 'run as a different user', I now get this

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Is there a workaround for this?


  • If you click "restart under different credential", does it actually work ? – yagmoth555 Feb 2 '17 at 4:31
  • Is that a different option to "Run as a different user"? That's what I've been doing and I get the error above. A colleague who has the same setup (Windows 10) gets exactly the same problem too. Looks like a genuine bug: connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/3009405/… – Richard Feb 2 '17 at 9:49
  • I think you found the corresponding bug report, as it's unresolved, you could post it as an answer, and downgrade your windows 10 from 1607's build as a workaround. – yagmoth555 Feb 2 '17 at 18:19
  • Yup, thanks for the advice. I've gone back to using the SSMS 2014 which still works fine on Windows 10 rather than downgrading Windows, but either would work (I expect). – Richard Feb 2 '17 at 22:54

In case it helps anyone, I got it working by:

  • Open the location to the shortcut, such as: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft SQL Server Tools 17
  • Right-click > Properties > Compatibility >
  • Select "Run this program as an administrator"
  • Select the button "Change settings for all users" (THIS IS IMPORTANT)
  • Again, select "Run this program as an administrator"
  • Select "Okay", and 'Okay" again.

Hope it helps everyone.

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  • Strangely enough, this works when the equivalent CMD.EXE commands do not. I.e. if I want to run SSMS.exe as another user, I should be able to use "RUNAS" and powershell to launch as Administrator for another user. However, this causes SSMS to crash - only this solution has worked so far. – Coruscate5 Jun 4 '17 at 22:41
  • Didn't work for me...Using SSMS v17.9, Windows 10. – Gabrielius Oct 25 '18 at 11:47

Seems to be a known (unresolved) bug:


SSMS 2014 still works fine so that's a workaround, or as @yahmoth555 suggested, use a different build of Windows.

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In windows 10 with ssms2018 installed it is little bit tricky.

you need to reach out the application setup file(.exe) (not shortcut) of SSMS and then press SHIFT + Right Click.

Here you go! there you will see a option "run as different user "

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