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PowerToys no longer requires you to run it as an admin

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What you need to know

  • An update is available for PowerToys on Windows 10.
  • The update resolves almost 100 issues.
  • The update also makes it so you don't have to always run it as an admin.

A new update for PowerToys for Windows 10 is avaialble through GitHub. The update resolves almost 100 issues and also makes it so you don't always have to run it as an admin. Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc announced the update on Twitter.

Here are a few highlights from the release notes of PowerToys v0.15.0:

  • Make you aware there is a new version from within PowerToys
  • Removed requirement to always 'run as admin'
  • Added almost 300 unit tests to increase stability and prevent regressions.
  • Resolved almost 100 issues
  • Made .NET Framework parts of the source run faster with NGEN
  • Improved for how we store data locally
  • Increased FancyZones compatibility with applications
  • Created the v1.0 strategy, the launcher, the keyboard manager specs
  • Work on cleaning up our issue backlog and labels

PowerToys is a resurrection of an old utility from the Windows 95 days. The Windows 10 version initially shipped with just two tools, but its usefulness has increased over time. Late last year, PowerToys gained a tool to rename files in batches.

Since PowerToys is an open source project, you can read through extensive lists of changes and follow its development on its GitHub page.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Fancyzones the best for ultrawides!
  • Great to see this coming along. I love some of what's listed as coming in the next version: image resizer, SVG viewer, and further down the road some of the End Task capabilities without needing Task Manager sound excellent (though I would say that apps crashing in Windows has become much, much less of an issue with Windows 10). I still use MS's old SyncToy as a great way to keep folders sync'd (I use this for folders I share so I can tell if the shared versions of files have changed since my last Sync, whether by me, or by someone else and to keep my own backup in case someone else makes a change I don't like). I wonder if that will remain a separate product or if it will rejoin the PowerToys project.