I need my software to be able to run as administrator on Windows Vista (if someone runs it without administrative permissions, it will crash).
When launching other software, I've seen a prompt by the system like "this software will run as administrator. do you want to continue?" when the app was trying to acquire administrative privileges.
How do I request administrative privileges when running an c# app on Windows Vista?
Add the following to your manifest file:
<requestedExecutionLevel level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false" />
You can also use
highestAvailable for the level.
Look here about embedding manifest files:
PS: If you don't have a manifest file, you can easily add a new one:
In Visual Studio, right click project -> Add Item -> Choose Application Manifest File ( under General for Visual C# items)
The added file will already have the above part, just change the level to