How to run apps as a different user in Windows 10

Not really sure why the option to “Run as different user” was removed in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10.  I won’t pretend to understand the logic behind the choices made by companies at times.  I am sure they had their reason but at least they left the ability to enable it again.

Here are the instructions on how to get the option “Run as different user” back into Windows 10 or 8.

  1. From the search at the bottom of the screen type gpedit.msc, you can also press Windows key + R on your keyboard to get the run box and then type gpedit.msc there.
  2. In the Policy editor under User Configuration expand Administrative Templates and then highlight Start Menu and Taskbar.
  3. On the right side you should see a series of options appear, search for Show “Run as different user” command on Start and double-click it to open it.
  4. Change the option from Not Configured to Enabled and then press Apply and OK.
  5. The next thing you can do is either reboot or force Windows to apply the policy right now…
  6. If you want to force it do the following, either go to the search at the bottom once more and type gpupdate /force OR Windows key + R and type gpupdate /force in the run box.

That should take care of the ability to run as different user.