Macro to Restart Visual Studio Elevated

Kevin Dente ponders on Twitter:

Wonder if it would be possible to create a Visual Studio add-in or macro that re-launches VS elevated, with the current project, then exits

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, as often I’ll open a Web Application in Visual Studio configured to run under IIS and be met with the following:

The Web Application Project is configured to use IIS. To access local IIS Web sites, you must run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator account..

Running anything elevated is easy, you just need to call ShellExecute (the .NET equivalent is System.Diagnostics.Process.Start) with the “RunAs” verb, so it’s simply a matter of starting Visual Studio’s devenv.exe passing the path to the current solution.

So here goes: copy and paste this into a Macro Module (ALT+F11) then wire up to a toolbar button as appropriate:

Sub ElevateVisualStudio()

    Dim slnPath As String = DTE.Solution.FullName

    Dim startInfo As New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo(DTE.FullName, slnPath)
    startInfo.Verb = "RUNAS"


End Sub

Works On My Machine™, etc and only tested on Visual Studio 2008.

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