When you open File Explorer in Windows 11 for the first time, it opens with standard privileges. However, in order to perform a task as a system administrator, you may need to run File Explorer with elevated privileges. You can learn how to do it right here.
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Open File Explorer with administrative privileges using the EXE . file
To use an.exe executable to open File Explorer with administrative rights, you must first open it normally by pressing the Windows + E key combination or clicking the File Explorer icon on the taskbar.
Locate the File Explorer EXE file in the path ‘This PC > Windows (C:) > Windows’ in the File Explorer window that opens. Select ‘Run as Administrator’ from the contextual menu that appears when you right-click on the File Explorer application.
With system administrator privileges, a new instance of File Explorer will open right away.
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Open File Explorer with administrative rights through Task Manager
The Task Manager can also be used to open File Explorer with administrative rights.
To begin, press Ctrl + Shift + Escape to open Task Manager. Then, at the bottom of the Task Manager interface that appears, click ‘More Details.’
The Task Manager window will expand, displaying more details about the applications that are currently running on the computer. Select ‘Run New Task’ from the drop-down menu that appears after clicking the ‘File’ tab in the menu bar.
The window for creating a new task will appear right away. In the text box next to the Open button, type explorer.exe, check the box next to ‘Create this task with administrative privileges,’ and then click ‘OK.’
With system administrator privileges, File Explorer will open right away.
You can now search for any application or file you want to access with File Explorer running with enhanced privileges. However, make sure that the file or folder you are looking for is not hidden.7