If you are experiencing issues, such as lag or dropped frames when streaming in OBS Studio you may want to try this fix. Running OBS as an Administrator can potentially fix some of these problems and get you up and running on a smooth stream.
Windows will limit the amount of resources given to any one program by default. This stops any one program from taking up too much resources and crashing the system. However if you are streaming on a budget PC you may want to give as much resources as possible to OBS. By running OBS as an administrator we can bypass the limitations.
In this article I am going to show you how to run OBS as an administrator on your PC. This will work in Windows 7,8 and 10. Let’s jump in and get started.
How To Run OBS Studio As An Administrator
To run OBS Studio as an Administrator follow the steps below:
- Click on the Windows button to open the start menu
- Start typing “OBS Studio until you see the application
- Right click on the OBS Studio Application –> Run as Administrator
- When you select “Run As Administrator” you will get a pop up asking if you want to allow this app to make changes to your computer. Select “Yes” and OBS Studio will open in Administrator mode.
You are now running the application in Admin mode. You won’t notice any visible changes in the program however it should allow your stream to run smoother.
If you want to Run OBS as an administrator every time you open it, you can set a shortcut. This means that you don’t have to remember to select “run as administrator” every time you want to stream.
How To Create OBS “Run As Administrator” Shortcut
To create a shortcut for OBS follow the steps below:
- Click on the Windows Menu button and search for OBS Studio
- Hover over OBS Studio and right click –> Open File Location
- In the file manager right click on the OBS Studio Icon and select properties
- In the properties section click on Shortcuts –> Advanced –> Run As Administrator –> OK. Click OK in the Properties tab as well to save all of your changes.
Now when you open you OBS Studio application from the start menu or desktop shortcut, it will automatically run as an administrator without you having to think about it.
Run OBS Automatically As An Administrator On Startup
If you primarily use your PC to game and stream, you may want to automatically start OBS as an administrator when you start your PC. We can use Windows task scheduler to do this.
- Go to the windows start menu and search for Task Scheduler
- Click on Task Scheduler in the menu
- In task scheduler click on “Create Task”
- Give your task a name (OBS run Admin). Set to “Run only when user is logged on” and also select “Run with highest privileges”.
- We can now click on the triggers tab and click on “New”. In the “Begin The Task” Section select “at startup”. This means that OBS will launch your you turn on or restart your computer. Click on OK to save the trigger.
- You can now navigate to the actions tab and click on New. In the program/Script section click on browse and navigate to C:\Program Files\obs-studio\bin\64bit\obs64.exe or wherever you have installed OBS.
- Once you have selected the OBS file path we need to input an argument. In this section add the following: (–startreplaybuffer –minimize-to-tray) Remove the brackets and copy and paste. Click OK to save your action.
- The last thing we need to do is go into the settings tab and turn off the option that says “Stop the task if it runs longer than”. You don’t want the task scheduler shutting off OBS during a stream.
- Click the OK button to save your scheduled task.
Now every time you turn on your computer OBS will open in administrator mode ready for you to stream.
Does Running OBS In Administrator Mode Actually D Anything?
Yes, running OBS in administrator mode will help your stream if your resources are being maxed out by your game. Windows by default give preference to games when they are open on your computer. This means that OBS has limited access to your GPU which can cause dropped frames and lag. By running in Administrator mode your computer can tap into more of your GPU resources.
Now you know how to run OBS in administrator mode which will hopefully improve the quality of your stream.
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