How to run explorer.exe as another user

So with the introduction of IE7, my little hack no longer worked, which was having the following shortcut: runas.exe /u:administrator "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

With the IE7 update, when I enter C:\ into the location bar, it actually opens up a new Explorer window, running as my current user. Before it would automatically open C: drive in the same IE window and let me browse as administrator.

With this block, I decided to see if I could get explorer.exe to launch instead of going through iexplore.exe. Running explorer.exe from an administrator command prompt didn’t do anything. I was able to run start . and get an Explorer window opened, but that was running under me again. I search for explorer.exe switches and found this site: Command-Line Switches for Windows Explorer, however none of those switches seem to work. Calling explorer.exe /? returned immediately without displaying any kind of help.

Finally, I just went and searched for “how to launch explorer as another user” and found this: How do run Explorer as another user which had a very useful reply.

Apparently, the switch you have to pass in is /separate. At first I thought it was just a fake, but then realized I was spelling seperate incorrectly. If you execute the following command: runas.exe /u:administrator "explorer.exe /separate", you’ll be able to start explorer.exe as another user.

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8 Replies to “How to run explorer.exe as another user”

  1. “Some worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food! – Some humans would too!”

    err… as in it will eat its own body? or other members of its specie? can you imagine a worm eating itself? it’ll look a little like a mobius strip. or not. haha.

  2. Haha. That’d be neat! I’m not too sure myself. Though, you’re assuming a work can only eat starting from it’s tail, but it can probably start eating midway, thought tail would make the most sense.

    //krunk (^_^x)

  3. >> Dolphins sleep with one eye open! – Just like Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy states, Dolphin’s are much smarter. They won’t let you get close, not even when they’re sleeping!

    A. Improper use of an apostrophe!
    B. Hitchhiker is one word.
    C. They’re not smarter, it’s just that they only sleep with one hemisphere of their brain — if they didn’t, they’d drown.

  4. A. Which apostrophe are you talking about? Hithhikers <– That apostrophe is there in the movie and in the books and is used to display possession.

    B. Fixed!

    C. haha. ;p

    //krunk (^_^x)

  5. A. “Dolphin’s are much smarter.” The apostrophe makes it either a contraction or possessive and neither’s grammatically appropriate there.
    B. Woo!
    C. I’m serious! Ducks do the same thing. Remember, since they have lungs, dolphins have to surface periodically. Sleeping with one eye open is a side effect of unihemispheric sleep.


  6. Haha! I didn’t even noticed that apostrophe in “Dophin’s”. Fixed now.

    Re: one eye open or drown – I was just amused, not that I didn’t believe you.

    //krunk (^_^x)

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