I’ve been using VBScript for many years. Below, I share the 3 different ways you can run VBScript on a Windows PC including running VBSCript as an Administrator.
3 Methods of Running VBScripts
- Run VBSCript in Windows Explorer
- Run VBScript from Windows Command Line
- Run VBScript as a Windows Administrator
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1. Run VBScript in Windows Explorer
- Locate the VBScript file using Windows Explorer or place a copy on your Desktop
- Identify VBScript files by the .vbs file extension
- Double click the VBScript file.
- You may or may not see anything depending on the program design.
- To check to see if VBScript is running.
- Run Windows task Keys Ctrl+Shift+Esc then sort by Image Name. Look for “wscript.exe”.
- To kill a VBScript process, right click over “wscript.exe” and select “end process”.
- You may see more than one “wscript.exe” on the task manager list as it can be run multiple times and new instances will execute.
2. Run VBScript from Windows Command Line
- Click Windows Start
- Open Command Window by Typing “CMD” and hit Enter
- Enter the full file path at the Command Line and hit Enter
3. Run a VBScript as a Windows Administrator
To run a VBScript as a Windows Admin:
- Create a Windows Batch File that uses WScript.exe to open the .vbs file (See example below)
- Run Windows Batch file as Admin and Admin Rights pass thru to the VBScript
Example Windows Batch File
Save the file below with a .cmd file extension. Then right click on it and select “Run as Admin”. Admin rights will be passed on to the VBScript
@echo off pushd %~dp0 C:\Windows\System32\WScript.exe "My_VBScript.vbs"