How do I force my .NET application to run as administrator?

You’ll want to modify the manifest that gets embedded in the program. This works on Visual¬†Studio¬†2008 and higher: Project + Add New Item, select “Application Manifest File”. Change the <requestedExecutionLevel> element to:

 <requestedExecutionLevel level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false" />

The user gets the UAC prompt when they start the program. Use wisely; their patience can wear out quickly.

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