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.