How to Add Run as Different User in Windows 11

The Windows 11 Start menu’s context menu default doesn’t have the “Run as different user” option.

If you want, you can add it in two ways. Choose the one you like. Here I’m using Windows 11 PC.

Method #1

Open the Registry Editor. I suggest that you back up the registry before proceeding.

To add this option for all users, navigate to the following keys: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

To add this option for the current user, navigate to the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.

Here, I do this for the “current user,” but the steps are the same for “all users.”

Hit the Explorer key. If you don’t see this key, you need to create it.

Here’s how: Right-click on the Windows key, select New > Key, enter the name as Explorer, and press Enter.

In the right pane, right-click on space and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as ShowRunAsDifferentUserInStart and press Enter key.

Double-click on it. In the Value data field, provide 1 and press the OK button.

Restart your PC or File Explorer.

That’s it. From now on, you can see the “Run as different user” option in the right-click menu of the Start menu.

Note: You can remove this option by deleting the DWORD or replacing 1 with 0. Make sure to restart File Explorer or PC.

Method #2

Type gpedit.msc in the Run Command Box and press Enter key.

Go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.

In the right pane, you’ll see the “Show “Run as different user” command on Start.” Double-click on it.

Select Enabled and click OK.

That’s all. From now on, you can see the “Run as different user” option in the right-click menu of the Start menu.

Note: If you want to remove this option, follow the steps above, but choose Not Configured or Disabled.

I hope this guide, “How to Add Run as Different User in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.