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Running batch file as admin from Test Complete


Running batch file as admin from Test Complete


I have a batch file which needs to be run as adminstrator. This batch file contains scripts to start and stop a service and windows 10 only lets it to be executed as administrator. How can i run this batch script as administrator in TestComplete's TestedApps?


Thank you for helping,


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At the moment there is no integrated functionality in TestComplete which let you run TestedApps with elevated token if TestComplete itself runs without it. However if some environment preconfiguration is acceptable in your testing scenario you can use Windows Task Scheduler to workaround this limitation. Just create a new task which runs your batch with "Run with the highest privileges" parameter set to enabled and launch this task from TestedAps. You can find additional information about creation and launch of Windows tasks here:

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Hi Sudha,


As @VladYatskovskiy said, processes started from TestComplete inherit its level of permissions.

What I would recommend is to start your batch file via Powershell and command it to launch this batch file with elevated permissions (,


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If you have the option, you could always run TestComplete as an administrator.  I don't know if this is a security/policy issue for you.  When you do so, then anything you execute within TestComplete is run with that privilege level.  

That said, rather than using a batch file, you could always use the WshShell Object to execute a command line to start/stop as service.  This is what I've used in the past and is much easier to keep track of than the location and contents of batch files.  See

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Thanks to everyone for the replies. I ran TestComplete as an administrator as Robert Martin suggested and i could run the batch file as an administrator.

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