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Running Batch File as Administrator vs. Running as User

Much like executables, Windows can run batch scripts as either administrator or regular user. Running batch file as user is easy, all it takes is to double-click the batch file. To run the batch script as administrator, right-click on the batch file and click on the "Run as administrator" menu option.

But Windows behaves differently when the batch script is running one way vs. another way. In this thread, we point out the subtle differences.

Current Working Directory: When you run the batch file as a user, the working directory is where the batch file resides. But when you run the batch file as administrator, the current working directory is "%SystemDrive%\WINDOWS\system32".

Because of this difference, when programming batch scripts, try not to rely on the current directory as the script location. Instead, determine the script location using batch variables. For example:

  set scriptDir=%~d0%~p0
set scriptName=%~n0%~x0

Mel
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:13:45 +0300

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