How to open an elevated command prompt using a CMD

How do you normally open an elevated command prompt windows. In Windows 10/8/7 you right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator. In Windows 10/8, you use the Win+X menu and select Command Prompt (Admin). But did you know that you can also open an elevated instance of Command Prompt using a normal CMD?

Open elevated command prompt using CMD

Now this is a geek tip! If you need to open an elevated command prompt USING the default ‘regular’ command prompt, you can do so by typing in the following command and hitting Enter:

runas /netonly /user:ack-pc\ack cmd

Replace ack with your admin user name.

cmd admin cmd

That’s all you need to do. You will find that a Command Prompt (Admin) window opens.

Do share if you know of any more such geeky tips!

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  1. Vemund Dyrkolbotn

    Even better : Make a file called “sudo.bat” in a path folder containing the following:
    @runas /netonly /user:[computer]\[admin-username] %1 %2 %3 %4 %5 %6 %7 %8 %9

    Replace [computer] with the computer name and [admin-username] with your admin user name. 🙂

  2. Sitaram

    Can any one explain me the user of /netonly switch? In which scenario this is useful?

  3. Rodolfo

    Thank you.

  4. S?la Sitesi

    Btw, you could just use %* to accept all parameters instead of doing it one by one.

  5. Joe Martinez

    “runas” is not recognized as an internal or external command” hmmmmmmm

  6. mahugu

    i want to add an administrator to the system and only have normal rights

  7. Only an admin can add an admin user.

  8. so said microsoft hahaha

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