How to Run Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10

In Windows operating system, the command prompt is one of the most common features that is normally used to execute the entered commands. But in recent times, I became shocked when it came to know that one of my co-workers whom I consider a computer proficient, was unaware how to run command prompt as administrator.

As it turns out, there are multiple ways using which you can open the elevated command prompt on your Windows device. In this article, we will show you five different methods to run Command Prompt as Administrator by using the features like Windows Search box, Start Menu, Run dialog box. So let’s see how to do it.

Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10

Here is how to open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 –

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1. Using Windows Search box

To open an elevated command prompt using the Windows search box, follow the below instructions:

  • Go to the Taskbar and click on the search box to open the Windows Search. Alternatively, you can also use the Shortcut keys like Win+S or Win+Q.
  • In the Search box, type cmd, so that it would make the command prompt appear in the result list.
  • Now right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

How to Run Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10

  • At this time, a UAC prompt will appear and ask you to allow the Command Prompt to make changes on your device.
  • Click on the Yes button to open the elevated Command Prompt on your computer screen.

2. By using the Start Menu

Here is how to open an elevated command prompt using the Start Menu.

  • Go to the Taskbar and click on the Start button.
  • In the menu list, scroll down until you get the Windows System.

Note: To make it easy, just click on the “#” symbol and then select the W alphabet. Now under W category, you will get the Windows System.

  • Once you find the Windows System, expand it.
  • Now right-click on the Command Prompt > More > Run as administrator.

By using the Start Menu

  • Following this, the User Account Control will appear and ask for your consent.
  • Select the Yes button to run Command Prompt as Administrator.

3. Using the Run dialog box

Windows 10 comes with a built-in Run command dialog box, which you can use to open your favorite programs directly. Here is a quick guide to open an elevated command prompt using this method.

  • Right-click on the Start button and select the Run command. Alternatively, you can also use the Win+R shortcut key.
  • In the text area, type cmd and then press Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination.
  • If the UAC prompt appears, select the Yes button to open the elevated command prompt.

4. Through the Task Manager

In order to open an elevated command prompt using the Task Manager, follow the below guidelines: 

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination to open the Task Manager directly.
  • If the Task Manager is in the fewer details mode then expand it by clicking the More details.
  • Go to the menu bar and click on the File menu.
  • Now press and hold the Ctrl key and then select Run new task option.
  • This will open the elevated command prompt directly.

5. By creating a Desktop shortcut

To create a Desktop Shortcut of the elevated command prompt, follow the below steps –

  • Right-click on a blank field on your desktop screen and select New > Shortcut.
  • In the new pop-up window, copy and paste the below commands and then hit Next.
C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
  • Give a suitable name you want for this shortcut and then click Finish to create the shortcut. This will create a new shortcut for the command prompt on the Desktop screen.
  • Right-click on this new shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
  • In the Properties menu, go to the Shortcut tab and click the Advanced button.

How to Run Command Prompt as Administrator

  • Next, check the box next to Run as administrator and then click OK.

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  • Now select Apply > OK button to apply the changes.

To open an elevated command prompt, you just need to double-click on the new desktop shortcut.

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