ShellExecute bat file elevated (FMX, Win32)


I want to spawn a batch file from my FMX app (on Win32) with elevated privileges. From Remy’s answer at the bottom of this thread on ShellExecute I found how to launch the batch file. Now, i can’t figure out how to launch it with elevated privilege. Below is my code:

String Prog = “c:\\Users\\rwp\\Desktop\\test.bat”;
int nErrorCode = (int) ShellExecute(NULL, L”runas”, Prog.c_str(), NULL, NULL, SW_SHOWNORMAL);
if (nErrorCode <= 32) {
ShowMessage(“an error occured”);

I added “runas” for the second argument after reading this to no avail. Running the batch file manually (right-click and run as admin) works. Here is content of the batch file fyi (just kicks of a system imaging):

c:\Windows\system32\wbAdmin.exe start backup -backupTarget:D: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet

How can i ShellExecute this batch file as admin?

UPDATE 1: I’m attempting to use CreateProcess per Remy suggestion. Here is my code (based on this example):

//Code is inside a __fastcall button click
siStartInfo.cb = sizeof(STARTUPINFO);
siStartInfo.lpReserved = NULL;
siStartInfo.lpReserved2 = NULL;
siStartInfo.cbReserved2 = 0;
siStartInfo.lpDesktop = NULL;
siStartInfo.dwFlags = 0;

// String strCmdLine = “C:\\Users\\rwpatter\\Desktop\\test.bat”;
String strCmdLine = “C:\\Windows\\System32\\wbAdmin.exe start backup -backupTarget:T: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet”;

// Create the child process.
int rtrn = CreateProcess(

NULL, // process security attributes
NULL, // primary thread security attributes
0, // handles are inherited
0, // creation flags
0, // use parent’s environment
0, // use parent’s current directory
&siStartInfo, // STARTUPINFO pointer
&piProcInfo); // receives PROCESS_INFORMATION

// Wait for the processs to finish
DWORD rc = WaitForSingleObject(
piProcInfo.hProcess, // process handle

If I run it as shown (right-click on exe and run as admin) it returns 0 which means it failed. If I run it by putting the wbAdmin command line in the test.bat file (see commented line right above String strCmdLine in the code) then CreateProcess returns a 1 (success) but wbAdmin is still not running. It flashed a DOS window and i captured it as shown in the picture below. It shows oriental characters in the title bar and says not recognized as internal or external command. But, if i run that test.bat directly (elevated) it runs wbAdmin no problem.

Any ideas on what is wrong? Besides me obviously being ignorant. (p.s. i’ll get to testing Golvind’s answer on the ShellExecute after this…)

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