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pcwRunAs works similar to the Microsoft tool runas.exe but it also takes on the command line additional parameter password, allowing the program to start without additional inputs.

After installing pcwRunAs you find two more tools on your hard disk: pcwRunAsGui used for the easy creation of links that allow you to start programs in a restricted account or an Administrator and pcwPrivilegien.DLL is for the status display in IE and Windows Explorer.

PcwRunAs is intended exclusively for use on your home PC.

PcwRunAs v0.4 by  [email protected]

 Use: pcwRunAs4 [/?] [/d <domain>] [/profile /netonly]
                     /u name /p password
                     [/dir] [/app <app>] | [/arg <cmd>]
                or [/e string]

    /d       domain login
    /u       user name
    /p       password
    /profile User profile
    /netonly credentials only valid for remote access (domain)
    /app     path to the application
    /arg     Additional parameters for application
    /dir     working directory
    /e       encrypted string (as the only option)
    /?       Shows this help

Examples: pcwRunAs4 /u hugo /p secret /app notepad.exe
PcwRunAs4 /u hugo /p secret /app notepad.exe /arg "C:\NewFile.txt"


  • The software is available only on German language.

To install pcwRunAs, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install pcwrunas

To upgrade pcwRunAs, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade pcwrunas


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName            = 'pcwrunas'
      fileType               = 'EXE'
      url                    = ''
      checksum               = '752069509a8887361d1b830f59e08bab5c5cb67b01d4ab263d6d8c5dd0921acd'
      checksumType           = 'sha256'
      silentArgs             = '/VERYSILENT'
      validExitCodes         = @(0)
      softwareName           = 'pcwRunAs *'
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
    $packageName = $packageArgs.packageName
    $installLocation = Get-AppInstallLocation $packageName
    if ($installLocation)  {
        Write-Host "$packageName installed to '$installLocation'"
        Install-BinFile $packageName $installLocation\pcwRunAs4.exe
    else { Write-Warning "Can't find $packageName install location" }
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName         = 'pcwrunas'
    $softwareNamePattern = 'pcwRunAs *'
    [array] $key = Get-UninstallRegistryKey $softwareNamePattern
    if ($key.Count -eq 1) {
        $key | % {
            $packageArgs = @{
                packageName            = $packageName
                silentArgs             = "/x86=0 /VERYSILENT"
                fileType               = 'EXE'
                validExitCodes         = @(0)
                file                   = ''
            $packageArgs.file = "$($_.UninstallString.Replace(' /x86=0', ''))"   #"C:\Program Files\OpenSSH\uninstall.exe" /x86=0
            Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs
            Uninstall-BinFile $packageName
    elseif ($key.Count -eq 0) {
        Write-Warning "$packageName has already been uninstalled by other means."
    elseif ($key.Count -gt 1) {
        Write-Warning "$key.Count matches found!"
        Write-Warning "To prevent accidental data loss, no programs will be uninstalled."
        Write-Warning "Please alert package maintainer the following keys were matched:"
        $key | % {Write-Warning "- $_.DisplayName"}

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • PC-Welt


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
pcwRunAs 183 Saturday, November 26, 2016 approved
pcwRunAs 0.4 588 Tuesday, May 14, 2013  

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