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Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8: Add Run as Administrator to the Context Menu for MSI files. Nov 2012.

Goals and Symptoms

Impossible to run msi files with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

Causes and Fixes

Windows Vista, Windows 7 & Windows 8: Add Run as Administrator to the Context Menu for MSI files.
Note: You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Add Run as Administrator to the Context Menu for MSI files.
- Save the .reg file attached below (W7W8msi_runas.reg) to the PC
- On the PC, double click/tap on the .reg file to merge it
- When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8) or Continue (UAC-Vista), Yes, and OK to approve merging the .reg file.

That’s it!

To remove “Run as Admin”, run the same steps as above with the .reg file (remove msi run as admin.reg) attached:
Note: This is the default setting


After this, the downloaded .reg files can be deleted as desired

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