Setting Visual Studio 2013 to always start as administrator on Windows 8

Published on Friday, 14 November 2014

This morning I finally found five minutes and looked into a problem with Visual Studio 2013 that I have had for a while, and that is when running in conjunction with IIS, if you don't start it and do 'Run as Administrator' then it wouldn't work as expected.

Please see the steps below:

  • In Windows 8, navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 12.0\Common7\IDE", right click on "devenv.exe" and select "Troubleshoot compatibility".
  • Select the "Troubleshoot Program" option.
  • Check "The program requires additional permissions" option.
  • Click "Next", click "Test the program"
  • Wait for the program to launch.
  • Click "Next".
  • Select "Yes, save these settings for this program" click "Close".

Let me know if this did or didn't work for you.