To always run Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 as an Administrator on Windows 8

  • In Windows 8, you have to right-click C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\IDE\devenv.exe

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  • Select "Troubleshoot compatibility".

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  • select "Troubleshoot program"
  • check "The program requires additional permissions"
  • click "Next", click "Test the program…"
  • wait for the program to launch
  • click "Next"
  • select "Yes, save these settings for this program"
  • click "Close"

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