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Run MSI files as administrator from a user account

Run MSI files as administrator from a user account

I'm usually logged in as a normal user on my Windows XP box. Sometimes, when I want to install a software update, I don't want to log off and log on again as admin, but I right-click the installer exe and choose "Run as..." to run it from my admin account. However, this option only seems to exist for exe files, not for msi files.

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Guest [Entry]

".msi files can be executed with msiexec.exe, so in combination with the runas command, you could accomplish what your want:

runas /user:administrator ""msiexec /i <path and filename of your msi>""

As a full-path to the file is recommended, it might need quotes around it and you need to escape them then with a backslash \:

runas /user:administrator ""msiexec /i \""<path and filename of your msi>\""""
^^ ^^"
Guest [Entry]

Take a look at runas from the command line. You can launch anything under as specified account.