Visual Studio – run as administrator

This is something that I generally forget whenever I create a new dev-box. Visual Studio needs to be running as Administrator otherwise you’ll get messages such as “Access to the path ‘K:\AosService\PackagesLocalDirectory\Bin\InstalledVersion.json’ is denied”:

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and “Visual Studio is not running as administrator. Finance and Operations (Dynamics 365) requires Visual Studio to be running as administrator. Please restart Visual Studio as administrator”:

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You can always right-click on your VS-shortcut and select “Run as administrator”, but if you’re even remotely like me, you’ll forget that approx 82% of the times.

So what you need to do is to modify the shortcut you’re using. In my case I modify the shortcut in my Taskbar. Right click on the shortcut for Visual Studio and instead of clicking “Run as administrator” you click Properties:

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In the properties window you click the Advanced button:

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In the window that opens up tick the “Run as administrator”:

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Click OK and OK and you’re done. Next time you use the shortcut it runs VS as administrator.