Run a program in context of another user

As a developer, there are many times where we may need to run a program in context of another user. For example, you may need to replicate an issue that a user encountered.

The RUNAS windows command line program is your friend. From the command line run the following command to launch a program in context of another user.

Note: the use of the /netonly switch. The user context is only switched during network communications. The rest of the time, the program operates in the “normal” user context.

runas /netonly /user:<DOMAIN><USERNAME> <PROGRAM_PATH>

E.g. Might not be the best example – but you get the point 🙂

runas /netonly /user:shane-desktopshane “C:\windows\system32\notepad.exe”

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