I use Aaron Margosis’s MakeMeAdmin.cmd to give myself admin privileges when needed. That command file (real developers don’t use batch files) gets you a command prompt running in an administrator’s context, enabling you to launch new Explorer sessions, programs, etc., all from an Admin’s context.
Last night I stumbled across something that I’d no idea was possible: You can drop a shortcut into that command prompt window, at which point the shortcut’s full path will appear in the prompt. Hit “Enter” and Poof! you’ve got a shiny app running in the Admin context.
I’m embarassed to say that I can’t even credit the place I ran across this tip at. I read the blog post or comment and moved on to do other things. What I’d read really didn’t even sink in until I climbed out of bed this morning and sat down at the computer…