+ 0 Votes mobaugh saved the day. bytor54 July 1, 2013 at 2:11am PST Couldn't get it to let me post a reply, but the solution posted by mobaugh saved the day. I don't see why this is required, but it works perfectly!At the windows "Run" dialog, I type exactly as shown below (including the quotes).runas /user:Admin "explorer /separate"Thanks for the solution!!! + 0 Votes When you try to run explorer robo_dev 3 years ago does it give an error, or just do nothing?Of course, that sounds very much like a malware issue, but if you just re-imaged it....I would clear out any BHO items in IE. Browser objects can and do control the behavior of Windows Explorer (although technically they are not supposed to).Do you use any explorer (shell) extensions? Some oddball utility programs like WinZip and Adobe Acrobat add shell extensions to Windows Explorer itself. If you have any extra choices when you right-click on an object, then you have some shell extensions.I would try removing/reinstalling any apps that add shell extensions.http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/09/26/disable-or-remove-shell-extensions-and-slow-right-click-context-menu-shortcut-menu-handlers-or-items-with-shellexview/ + 0 Votes I've cleared out the BHOs and the only Summores 3 years ago shell extension I have is our anti virus software. Outside of that, it's still not working. Now I was able to get IE to run as admin by changing the start in directory to %windir%, but even if I type in c: in the IE browser it will open up windows explorer, but not as the admin. All I'm really trying to accomplish is running Windows Explorer as admin.What permissions within a user/admin profile might block this from opening? Since it's happening across the network for me, I don't believe it's my system. Possible when they create my profile, they overlooked something. + 0 Votes explorer.exe is the shell . . . Who Am I Really 3 years ago and therefore cannot be run as another user + 0 Votes I think I'm confusing the word Summores 3 years ago shell and GUI. I'm not trying to run the shell, I'm trying to run explorer as a window to use as an admin. Running a window as admin will allow me to access folders that we have secured from normal users, set security options for other folders, run programs as admin without having to always "right click>run as", basically allows me to do a lot of my work without having to have the user sign out of his session. + 0 Votes Maybe this will help IC-IT 3 years ago I may not be clear on how you want to trigger the action, but this may help.Create a shortcut.When asked for the location useexplorer %1name it as you like, deny local users security permissions.Then do a Runas when you need it.The %1 simply opens a new window. + 0 Votes Sorry, still didn't work. Summores 3 years ago After I type in my credentials nothing comes up. No errors, no blank windows, nothing. The same happens when I right click>run as from the start menu>all programs>accessories>windows explorer. Additional info:When running the cmd prompt as a user, I just type in explorer and a blank explorer pops up. If I run cmd as an admin, no pop ups or errors.If I run cmd as a user using the command:Runas /user:domain\adminaccount explorer. An addtional lines comes up prompting for password. Then a line of "Attempting to start explorer as user "domain\adminaccount"... Then nothing. Of course domain and adminaccount was replaced with correct credentials. + 0 Votes problem is that there can only be one instance of Explorer.exe Who Am I Really 3 years ago if you open task manager and then open 500000 explorer windows there will still only be one Explorer.exe runningyou can however use:Run As:> Administrator with Internet Explorer to browse local Disks and network drivesjust be sure to set the default homepage as about:blank firstthen you can type C:\ in the address barand access files that normal users are restricted fromafter all windows is internet explorer especially in win2K / XPEdit: Pic, additional info about IE,- more IE infohttp://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz249/WhatNameShoudIUse/IEBrowse.png?t=1294348707if you use the path C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplorer.exefrom the command prompt you must enclose it in quotesC:\"Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplorer.exe"as the command prompt still chokes on spacesIE7 and IE8 are for vista / Win7 and the XP "versions" are backports to XP which are not fully compatible with XPonly IE6 works in this fashionas IE7 and IE8 take another step away from total OS integrationI don't recommend anyone install IE7 or IE8 on XP but rather use another browser to surf and keep IE6 for XP + 0 Votes The sounds like it should work. When ran Summores 3 years ago as a normal user, as soon as I type in c:\ and hit enter it opens up windows explorer in a new windows as expected. When ran through my admin account, no action is taken and I sit still at a blank screen. I am on IE8 though as you mentioned it may not work properly. All workstations here at the office are on IE8, and I don't think we're going to downgrade 500+ computers just so I can get my admin privileges. I think I might have to disable/delete my admin account and start a new one from scratch and see if that works. + 0 Votes IE7 & IE8 are supposed to do that Who Am I Really 3 years ago and it goes the other way alsoif you enter a URL in the address bar of Windows Explorer on a system with IE6 it will not open IE rather it will navigate to the web one of the complaints of IT to MS was that this was a security hole allowing users to bypass security restrictions placed by IT admins thus with IE7 & up entering a URL in windows explorer will open the default browserand entering a local drive letter and path in the IE address bar will open Windows Exploder + 0 Votes Separate Windows Not Separate Processes dogknees 3 years ago Although you see several windows, generally there is only one explorer process running. This is why when Explorer crashes, the Start bar disappears.By starting Explorer(for browsing files), you don't get a new process, just another window. One Process = One Account. + 0 Votes First, make a shortcut to explorer.exe Slayer_ 3 years ago Then, append to the target, the folder you want.When you want to run it, right click, choose Run As, select your admin user and type your password. Your admin account needs a password for this to work or it will not be accessible. + 0 Votes "Launch folder windows in a separate process" seanferd 3 years ago In folder options.I'm wondering if this setting is required so that explorer (file manager) can open a new instance (optionally as another user), since you cannot re-open the entire shell as a new user this way.[Posted here as it seems a good a place as any.] + 0 Votes Of course boxfiddler Moderator 3 years ago it is. + 0 Votes Sorry guys, still not working. Summores 3 years ago I'm still leaning towards a permissions issue. Only reason is because I'm running into the same problem on my computer and any other computer in the office. Anyone know of any policies that would not allow windows explorer to not come up? + 0 Votes hmm NexS 3 years ago If you right click on iexplore.exe can you runas from there? + 0 Votes Yah if I shift right click iexplorer.exe I can run as Summores 3 years ago and run internet explorer as admin. But as soon as I type in c: in the address bar, it tries to open up windows explorer and it hangs up and won't execute. + 0 Votes That sounds like something is just hanging. seanferd 3 years ago If you are accessing the workstations remotely, maybe authentication is taking too long, or there is a latency problem which only occurs when trying to display the drive contents. + 0 Votes Perhaps then NexS 3 years ago It's a problem with iexplore.Have you uninstalled and reinstalled it?Have you tried another browser (ie: Mozilla firefox)? + 0 Votes A permissions issue should inform you it is a permissions issue. seanferd 3 years ago Are you sitting at the workstation and doing Runas as a local admin, or a domain admin?If you think it is a permissions problem, I'd have a look through Group Policy (Local and Domain) to see what is in place which might prevent this. Or run RSOP and look that way.Maybe look under User Rights Assignment (Computer config, Win, local). + 0 Votes I'm running as a domain admin. Summores 3 years ago I'll check out the group policies again tomorrow morning and double check everything. + 0 Votes Remotely? seanferd 3 years ago Or at the workstation itself?Dunno, maybe this info might be of use to domain admin types answering your question. + 0 Votes Looks like this was the actually Summores 3 years ago culprit. Not a permissions issues, but more so my idiocy. I changed the setting to "Launch folder windows in separate process", but I did it under the user account. After making the change while physically signed into the admin account it fixed the problem.Thanks for all the help guys. + 0 Votes Working, then? seanferd 3 years ago Fantastic!Hopefully, you can now proceed with whatever it is you had originally intended. :) + 0 Votes Yea, glad I got it taken care of. Summores 3 years ago Thanks all! + 2 Votes Run as separate process mobaugh 3 years ago Have you tried the following: runas /u:domain\username "explorer /separate"That works well with XP SP3 (not so much with Windows 7). + 0 Votes Reponse To Answer kc.huan 2 years ago u're the best! Thank you + 0 Votes mobaugh saved the day. bytor54 July 1, 2013 at 2:11am PST Couldn't get it to let me post a reply, but the solution posted by mobaugh saved the day. I don't see why this is required, but it works perfectly!At the windows "Run" dialog, I type exactly as shown below (including the quotes).runas /user:Admin "explorer /separate"Thanks for the solution!!! + 0 Votes explorer.exe is the shell . . . Who Am I Really 3 years ago and therefore cannot be run as another user + 0 Votes First, make a shortcut to explorer.exe Slayer_ 3 years ago Then, append to the target, the folder you want.When you want to run it, right click, choose Run As, select your admin user and type your password. Your admin account needs a password for this to work or it will not be accessible. + 2 Votes Run as separate process mobaugh 3 years ago Have you tried the following: runas /u:domain\username "explorer /separate"That works well with XP SP3 (not so much with Windows 7).