How to open PowerShell as Administrator in Windows 10

Nowadays, most users are aware of the Command Prompt that is present in all versions of Windows. Undoubtedly this is one of the most dominant tools on the Windows Operating System. However, Windows supports another powerful application, PowerShell, to perform a wide range of operations. Just sign in as an Administrator and you may run PowerShell to handle configuration and carry out task automation.

PowerShell is a task-based mechanization and a fully developed scripting tool that can accelerate the admin job. It instructs users to manage the device from the command line. In other words, you can say that PowerShell is an advanced form of CMD. Therefore in the coming days, it is quite possible that this tool can take the place of a command prompt. So here are the five easy methods by following you can Open PowerShell as an administrator in Windows 10.

6 Ways to open PowerShell as Admin on Windows 10

Here is how to open Windows PowerShell with admin rights on your computer –

1. Using Cortana or the Search bar

You can open this tool using the Search (Win + S) bar available on the Taskbar. Here’s what you need to do –

  • Click on Cortana and type PowerShell.
  • Look for the option “Run as Administrator” on the right pane and click on it. 

PowerShell as Administrator

  • The User Account Control window will prompt next, hit Yes to authorize opening it.
  • When Windows PowerShell starts, you may run whichever command you want to execute on your PC.

2. Using Run Command

  • Press the Win + R hotkey to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type PowerShell and click OK.

PowerShell as Administrator

Note: Windows PowerShell will open in normal mode.

  • Type the command  Start-Process Powershell -verb runAs and press the Enter key.
  • Its interface will switch to administrator mode.

PowerShell as Administrator

  • There will be a confirmation line regarding this request.
  • Type Y and hit Enter to confirm this action.

3. By using the Command Prompt

  • Press Win + S, and type Command Prompt.
  • Right-click on the result and select Run as administrator.
  • Provide permission on the UAC window by clicking Yes.
  • On the running Window, type PowerShell and hit Enter.

PowerShell as Administrator

  • Well, the default structure on CMD will now change to the PowerShell way. You may see the Snapshot above.

4. By using the Power menu

This method will only work if you haven’t changed Windows PowerShell to Command Prompt sometime back on your PC. Let’s see how to open PowerShell using the Power Menu (Win + X) –

  • Right-click on the Start button.
  • Click on Windows PowerShell (Admin).

PowerShell as Administrator

5. By using Task Manager

  • Initially open the Task Manager by pressing ctrl + shift + Esc.
  • Click on File, available in the top-left corner of the wizard.
  • Hit the Run new task option.
  • Now, type PowerShell in the void box and tick the checkbox below the void space.

Create New task

6. By using the Start Menu

  • Click on the start button; scroll down the menu list.
  • Explore the drop-down menu in the Windows PowerShell folder.
  • Now select this folder and it will expand.
  • Right-click on the Windows PowerShell option and select Run as Administrator. 

Using Start Menu

I hope you find this guide useful and all six methods also work on your computer. Let us know in the comment section if any method doesn’t work.

That would be all!



Rishi, an ambititous undergraduate student, is passionate about finding and solving issues that appears in Windows, or other operating systems. He has a keen eye for detail when it comes to comparing different operating systems, smartphones, smartwatches, and other tech items.

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