How to install software without admin rights in Windows 10

Sovan Mandal avatar. By: Sovan Mandal
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Often you might be faced with the situation where you need to install a software on a Windows 10 PC but you don’t have admin rights on that PC. And without being an administrator, you have zero rights to install a software on the PC.

While the above happens to be a security feature designed to prevent just about anyone to do anything with your PC, there sure is a workaround here so that you can install a software even if you are not the admin on the Windows 10 device.

Steps to install software without admin rights on PC

Contrary to what you might be thinking, the process is really simple and easy. And its quick too. Here are the steps.

  • Download the software, say Steam that you wish to install on a Windows 10 PC. It is recommended that you set the download location to desktop for convenience. Else, if it gets downloaded in the Download folder, as is the usual case, drag it to your desktop. This is just for convenience and has no bearing on the actual process.
  • Create a new folder in your desktop and drag the software installer in the folder.
  • Open the folder and Right click > New > Text Document.
  • Open the text file you just created and write this code: set _COMPAT_LAYER=RunAsInvoker
  • start SteamSetup
  • Here SteamSetup is to be replaced with the name of the particular installer that you wish to install.
  • Save the text file with the .bat extension in the same folder location. For that, click on File > Save As.
  • In the Save As dialog box, replace the .txt file extension with .bat.
  • Click on Save.
  • Close the Steam.bat file.

Your next step will be to double click on the bat file to launch the installation process. Follow on-screen instructions and the software will get installed as usual. It’s that simple and easy.

Meanwhile, here are some additional resources to go through:


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