Using Windows Explorer as Admin

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 19 Jan. 2006 / Last Updated on 19 Jan. 2006]

In a previous tip I showed how you can open Internet Explorer by using the batch file e.bat from a command line...

In a previous tip I showed how you can open Internet Explorer by using the batch file e.bat from a command line. For example, to open the site www.mtit.com you could type the following at a command prompt:

e www.mtit.com

And in antoher previous tip I showed how you can have a command prompt running under admin credentials open all the time on your admin workstation.

It's cool to combine these two tips together like this:

  1. Copy the e.bat file to your %windir%\System32 folder so its in your system path.
  2. Now in your admin command console, type e C:\

This will open Internet Explorer but instead of opening a URL it will make the focus your root folder on C: drive i.e it's just like accessing your C: drive root folder using Windows Explorer while logged on as admin.

Now this is neat: type "Control Panel" (without the quotes) into the address bar of Internet Explorer, and now you have your Control Panel applets accessible using admin credentials. This is useful because a few Control Panel apps can only be used if you have admin privileges!

 

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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