How-to Add "Run as Administrator" Option to VBS File Context Menu

I recently ran into a problem with Windows 7 UAC where we had a VBS file that was calling the application SETACL.  In order for SETACL to run properly, it must be “Run as Administrator”.  I could set the option in SETACL to “Run as Administrator” in the applications properties, but when the script called the application, UAC would not prompt the user to elevate privileges.

I wanted to see about right clicking the VBS file to select the “Run as Administrator” option, but Windows does not include that option in the context menu by default.

In order to add the option, you can add it to the registry.  Copy the following into a .reg file and then merge the file into the registry: [more]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\VBSFile\Shell\runas\Command]
@=hex(2):22,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,6f,00,74,\
  00,25,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,57,00,\
  53,00,63,00,72,00,69,00,70,00,74,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,22,00,20,00,22,\
  00,25,00,31,00,22,00,20,00,25,00,2a,00,00,00

After merging the key, I was able to select “Run as Administrator” when right clicking the VBS file and the call to SETACL also ran correctly. It's a good idea bo backup your registry before making manual changes.

General UAC Windows 7