How to create a shortcut to run an application as a different user by VBScript


This script demonstrates how to create a shortcut to run an application as a different user by VBScript.

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Using the script can create a shortcut to run from any user account so that an application can be run as a different user on the desktop quickly. It saves your time from shift > right click > run as different user > enter user name > enter password every time you want to run an application as a different user.


• Double click the "DetermineIISVersion.vbs" to run this VBScript sample

• Confirm the privilege elevation request of the pop-up window

• After the script runs, it will pop up an input box as follows.


• As you can see, the Internet Explorer shortcut has been created to run as a “fareast\v-frta” user.


• Here are some code snippets for your reference.


VB Script
targetFile = InputBox("Please input the application file path.","","C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe") 
runAsUser = InputBox("Please input the user account."Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")  
If (objFSO.FileExists(targetFile)) Then  
    Set objFile = objFSO.GetFile(targetFile)  
    shortcutFileName = objFile.Name   
    Set objFile = Nothing 
    Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") 
    Set shortcut = WshShell.CreateShortcut(WshShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop") & "\" & shortcutFileName & ".lnk") 
    shortcut.TargetPath = "runas.exe" 
    shortcut.Arguments = "/savecred /user:" & runAsUser & " """& targetFile &"""" 
    shortcut.IconLocation = targetFile 
    Set WshShell = Nothing   
    WScript.Echo "Not find the application." 
End If  
Set objFSO = Nothing


Windows 7 or higher version

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