How to Run Command Prompt as an Administrator

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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. 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

    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 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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