How to Add Run as Different User in Windows 10

By default, the Windows 10 Start menu’s context menu doesn’t have the “Run as different user” option.

If you want to add it, then this guide is for you.

Add Run as Different User in Context Menu of Start Menu

You can complete this task in two ways. Choose the one you like.

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.”

Press the Explorer key. If you do not 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 then press Enter.

In the right pane, right-click on a space.

Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter the name as ShowRunAsDifferentUserInStart and then press Enter.

Double-click on it.

In the Value data field, provide 1 and then 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 that you can remove this option by deleting ShowRunAsDifferentUserInStart DWORD or replacing 1 with 0.

Method #2

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

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

In the right pane, you will 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.

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