Microsoft DOS runas command

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

About runas

Enables a user to execute a program on another computer as yourself or as another user.

Availability

The runas command is an external command that is available in the below Microsoft operating systems as runas.exe.

Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10

Runas syntax

Windows Vista and later syntax

RUNAS [ [/noprofile | /profile] [/env] [/savecred | /netonly] ] /user:<UserName> program

RUNAS [ [/noprofile | /profile] [/env] [/savecred] ] /smartcard [/user:<UserName>] program

RUNAS /trustlevel:<TrustLevel> program

/noprofile Specifies that the user's profile should not be loaded which can cause the application to load more quickly, but can cause some applications to malfunction.
/profile The default setting that specifies that the user's profile should be loaded.
/env To use current environment instead of user's.
/netonly Use if the credentials specified are for remote access only.
/savecred To use credentials previously saved by the user.
/smartcard Use if the credentials are to be supplied from a smartcard.
/user <UserName> should be in form [email protected] or DOMAIN\USER
/showtrustlevels Displays the trust levels that can be used as arguments to /trustlevel.
/trustlevel <Level> should be one of levels enumerated in /showtrustlevels.
program Command line for EXE. See below for examples.

Examples:
> runas /noprofile /user:mymachine\administrator cmd
> runas /profile /env /user:mydomain\admin "mmc %windir%\system32\dsa.msc"
> runas /env /user:[email protected] "notepad \"my file.txt\""

NOTE: Enter user's password only when prompted.
NOTE: /profile is not compatible with /netonly.
NOTE: /savecred is not compatible with /smartcard.

Windows XP and earlier syntax

RUNAS [/profile] [/env] [/netonly] /user:<UserName> program

/profile If the user's profile needs to be loaded
/env To use current environment instead of user's.
/netonly Use if the credentials specified are for remote access only.
/user <UserName> should be in form [email protected] or DOMAIN\USER
program Command line for EXE. See below for examples

Examples:
> runas /profile /user:mymachine\administrator cmd
> runas /profile /env /user:mydomain\admin "mmc %windir%\system32\dsa.msc"
> runas /env /user:[email protected] "notepad \"my file.txt\""

NOTE: Enter user's password only when prompted.
NOTE: [email protected] is not compatible with /netonly.

Runas examples

See Microsoft's above examples for examples of this command.