Running Portions of Code Elevated

by Jun 17, 2013

Let's assume your script may or may not need to do a privileged operation, for example write a value to a HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE branch, depending on some prerequisites. Instead of having to run the entire script with Administrator privileges, you can run only those parts requiring it:

function Start-ElevatedCode

  Start-Process -FilePath powershell.exe -Verb RunAs -ArgumentList $Code


This will launch a new elevated PowerShell console, and runs the code you submit. Of course, the user has to click the UAC dialog or submit user credentials to run it.

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