How to Run Command Prompt as an Administrator

A small tip on how to run your command prompt as an administrator or in other words, open an elevated command prompt, in Windows 7 or Windows 10/8. We have seen how to launch Command Prompt, and carry out many tasks. But some tasks required elevated privileges to be run. In such cases you have to open an elevated command prompt window. So let us see how to launch, run or open Command Prompt as an administrator or an elevated CMD with administrative privileges & rights in Windows 10/8/7.

Run Command Prompt as Administrator

In Windows 7, follow these steps:

Type cmd in Start search.

In the results, you will see ‘cmd‘.

run cmd as admin

Right-click on it and from the context menu select Run as Administrator.

In Windows 10 and Windows 8, follow these steps:

Take the cursor to the bottom left corner and right-click to open the WinX menu. Select Command Prompt (Admin) to open an elevated command prompt.

So you see, things have been made easier in Windows 10/8.1.

There are other ways to open an elevated command prompt:

  1. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager. Click on File menu > Run new task. To open a command prompt window, type cmd. Remember to check the Create this task with administrative privileges check-box. Then hit Enter.
  2. You can also open an elevated Command Prompt from the Task Manager using CTRL key.
  3. Or then simply open the Start Menu or Start Screen and start typing the command line. Next, hold the Shift and Ctrl keys, and then hit Enter to open the command line in an elevated command prompt.

If you want, you can also pin Command Prompt with Admin rights Tile to Windows 8.1 Start Screen.

Now see how to open an elevated PowerShell prompt in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

21 Comments

  1. rodolfo

    Thank you.
    I knew this already but a well appreciated.

  2. dypsis

    Re: “Take the cursor to the bottom left corner and right-click on open the WinX menu.”

    Instead of “on open”, shouldn’t it be “to open” ?

  3. human

    Isn’t this stupid. Start will not work so everybody says to clicl on start to begin the fix. Smart.

  4. Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager. Click on File menu > Run new task. To open a command prompt window, type cmd. To open a PowerShell prompt, type powershell. Remember to check the Create this task with administrative privileges check-box. Then hit Enter.

  5. Biranchi Narayan Dash

    what comand i will wright

  6. M Damm

    What if control shift esc doesn’t work and I still have the continousl loop. I’m completely without a computer now. What a mistake!

  7. If your computer gets into an endless reboot loop, try to get into Safe Mode or access Advanced Boot Options. Here you can open a command prompt windows or system restore or perform an Automatic Repair.

  8. clayto

    Windows 10 Store and many apps are blanked out. Nothing I have tried works, eg.many versions of the Powershell Command. WSRestore.exe results in “You will need a new app to open this MS-Windows-Store”. What ‘new app’ and how do I get it.

  9. Rey Nocum

    In windows explorer of Win10, there is a shortcut to command prompt (Administrator) in the File menu.

  10. Akar Beach Resort

    my Windows10 only have command prompt. How should 1 do?

  11. ui

    dudes, i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. daidardi

    Hi!
    I can’t find anywhere… I’m looking for attribute/parameters to start a file as admin
    C:exampleexample.exe /admin
    Someone can help me ?!
    Thank you

  13. Judy Mason

    None of these things work …not privy to system even 8.1 ..am administrator of my computer but shut out fm doing anything w/it. Cannot access C: drive …Access denied.

  14. Capn Cack

    NONE of these suggestions work. NOT ONE. My machine doesn’t have any of these menus or prompts/

  15. Capn Cack

    So that worked for you? It didn’t for me.

  16. Capn Cack

    That doesn’t open anything but a box that says “Task Manager” – there is no file menu.

  17. Capn Cack

    I’m in the same boat. I’m an administrator with no rights.

  18. Lloyd Michael Hamilton III

    i am having the same problem and has been going on for 3 years now, chinese neighbors hsve hacked through 42 modems, so friggin frustrating and affecting our lives, ANY HELP OR ADVICE:)

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