There are a few tasks in Windows 2000 for which administrators still find the need to log off the user and log on with administrative privileges. Modifying the properties of network and dial-up connections is one such task.
I have found a way to get around this by using Internet Explorer 5.x and the Run as option:
- Using the Internet Explorer shortcut in the Quick Launch toolbar hold the SHIFT key, right click the shortcut, and click Run as.
- Enter your administrative account credentials and click OK.
- After Internet Explorer starts select View, Explorer Bar, then Folders.
- Now you can expand the Control Panel and open the Network and Dial-up Connections.
- You are now viewing this in the context of an administrator of the computer and are allowed to configure the properties of each connection.
Note: If you try to log on with the local Administrator account, which does not have a Home drive and path configured by default, or an account that does not have a Home drive defined you may receive an error: "The directory name is invalid." This is due to the default Start in path on the shortcut: %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%. To resolve this you can remove the Start in path on the shortcut.
This was first published in June 2001