Posted By: Anonymous
I want my batch file to only run elevated. If not elevated, provide an option for the user to relaunch batch as elevated.
I’m writing a batch file to set a system variable, copy two files to a Program Files location, and start a driver installer. If a Windows 7/Windows Vista user (UAC enabled and even if they are a local admin) runs it without right-clicking and selecting “Run as Administrator”, they will get ‘Access Denied’ copying the two files and writing the system variable.
I would like to use a command to automatically restart the batch as elevated if the user is in fact an administrator. Otherwise, if they are not an administrator, I want to tell them that they need administrator privileges to run the batch file. I’m using xcopy to copy the files and REG ADD to write the system variable. I’m using those commands to deal with possible Windows XP machines. I’ve found similar questions on this topic, but nothing that deals with relaunching a batch file as elevated.
You can have the script call itself with psexec‘s
-h option to run elevated.
I’m not sure how you would detect if it’s already running as elevated or not… maybe re-try with elevated perms only if there’s an Access Denied error?
Or, you could simply have the commands for the
reg.exe always be run with
psexec -h, but it would be annoying for the end-user if they need to input their password each time (or insecure if you included the password in the script)…