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    postheadericon How can I run .MSI as administrator in Vista

    In Vista you need to run most software installations with the "run as administrator" option.
    However, while you can right-click on .exe files and select this option from the context menu, this doesn't work with Windows Installer (.msi) packages.

    Here's a way to enable elevated privileges for Windows Installer packages :

    1. Open Registry Editor as administrator and create the following key under


    2. Set the default value of this key to the following:

      run &as administrator

     While this is just a string value for the context menu, you can theoretically place any string you want here.
     The & is to set the alt shortcut key

    3. Create the following subkey:


    4. Set the default value of this subkey to the following:

       msiexec /i "%1"

    Now you should be able to right-click on a .msi file and select "run as administrator" from the context menu.


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