As you probably know from my old posts, I log into my Windows computers with a normal user account (I’m not an Administrator and I’m not a Power User).

I recently came across a nice switch for Windows Explorer: “/separate”. It allows me to run Windows Explorer in a separate process using different credentials, in my case, admin credentials.

I knew about the “Launch folder windows in a separate process” option in Tools\Folder Options\View that is described by Aaron at http://blogs.msdn.com/aaron_margosis/archive/2004/07/07/175488.aspx

But I didn’t want all my Explorer windows to run in separate processes. All I wanted was the option to run one instance with admin credentials and /separate does that for me.

All I have to do now is: 
            “runas /user:myComputer\administrator "explorer /separate"”