How to open an elevated PowerShell prompt in Windows 10

Of late, Windows 10 users who have been facing some problems, may have read a lot of time, run this or that command in PowerShell to fix this or that problem. While most of us are familiar with the Command Prompt and know how to run Command Prompt as an Administrator, not many seem to be knowing how to open an elevated PowerShell prompt. This, I gathered from the several comments I have been reading here  and at our forum. So today, I will show you how to open an elevated PowerShell prompt, and run it as an Administrator, in Windows 10.

How to open an elevated PowerShell prompt

Windows 10 ships with PowerShell v 5. It is a command-line shell and scripting language, built on the .NET Framework, designed for system administration, IT professionals and developers.

How to start or run PowerShell

  1. Search for powershell in Start Search and hit Enter
  2. Via WinX Menu if you have opted to display PowerShell instead of Command Prompt
  3. Type powershell in Run prompt and hit Enter
  4. Type powershell in Command Prompt and hit Enter
  5. Open Task Manager > File menu > Run new task. Type powershell and hit Enter.

How to open an elevated PowerShell prompt

To open an elevated PowerShell prompt, in the taskbar search, type powershell.

Now see the result Windows PowerShell which appears on the top. Right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.

The UAC prompt will ask you for your consent. Click yes, and the prompt will open.

An elevated PowerShell prompt will display Administrator: Windows PowerShell on the top in the prompt’s border.


  1. You can also open Task Manager > File menu > Run new task. Type powershell and select the Create this task with administrative privileges check box and click OK to open an elevated PowerShell prompt.
  2. Press Shift+Ctrl+Alt and then click on the PowerShell icon to open PowerShell as administrator.

You can then go on to repair the Repair Windows System Image, re-register Windows Store apps, etc.

Bonus tip: Know how to find out Which version of PowerShell you are are running?

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Goldi Singh

    i cannot right click on the windows powershell

  2. Ben James

    And if I need Power Shell because I can’t open the start menu?

  3. Josh

    exactly my issue…

  4. Ctrl+Alt+Del > Task Manager File > Run new task. Type powershell.exe and hit Enter.

  5. Ross

    Ctrl>Shift>Esc goes straight to Task Manager

  6. vinay

    in my windows if i press windows its opening but the symbol is not visibling

  7. Meagen Farrell

    Thank you!

  8. Meagen Farrell


  9. Mark

    That doesn’t open it as admin

  10. To do that, select the ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’ check box.

  11. Biohazard

    help plz icant open powershell in a windows:

  12. Biohazard

    i can’t open Command Prompt and powreshell in windows explorer help plz

  13. Charles Cawlishaw

    Freaking windows 10 has frozen. I can login into my Computer that’s it. After that it stays blank, nothing on the bottom just blank. Tried restarting without closing it down properly because I can’t. This usually puts it into repair mode after 2 times but of course it is not working. Just goes back to normal (blank screen). There is a security app that pops up. But only the top link appears then I get the black background with . Can anybody help me. I have pictures on my phone

  14. Joel S Wilson

    Hardware Fail,more than liekly windows deativated, that is what my laptop did, have fune… been their done that

  15. Tom Nolan

    look millions own pcs etc like me not all are pc savvy so this to you may be easy but for me no..i am trying to load my mem stick with music from my verbatim drive but groove says no…and its so slow . i want to listen to 1 track from my external NO …groove takes over ..its useless to me. was happy with media player now this is forced on us..

  16. dustin tomson

    start powershell start-process cmd -verb RunAs
    start powershell start-process powershell -verb RunAs

  17. dustin tomson


  18. Terah Gibson Price

    As much as I check the install location and retype it, Powershell says the location cannot be found.

  19. Mohamed RedDevils

    good one

  20. Mohamed RedDevils


  21. Mohamed RedDevils

    Certutil -addStore TrustedPeople “c:PATH_TO_KEYMyKey.cer”

  22. Mohamed RedDevils

    Add-AppxPackage “C:path_to_appforza_14.2.appx”

  23. Darren Evans

    Hold down SHIFT+CTRL+ALT as you press enter to launch PowerShell. This will initiate the elevated permissions process as well. No need for context menus or editing Properties. Works in Windows 10, unsure about previous Windows versions.

  24. Darren Evans

    This happened to me once and my usual trick is to press the Windows Logo+R key to launch Windows’ Run dialog. Now type explorer, press enter and this should launch the taskbar process. Of course you’ll then have to Google for Windows repair options to try and determine what’s preventing normal launching. You’ll likely see search results that require you to use the SFC or the DISM command. These are the tools I usually use to diagnose and repair Windows system problems.

  25. how do you elevate powershell if you used shift+right click to open in a specific location

  26. Robert Sandoval

    How about dis, launching powershell admin from within powershell:
    Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs

  27. Varun G. Ramjeet



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