Pin Command Prompt with Admin rights Tile to Windows Start Screen or Menu

Windows 8 has given easy access to the Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin) from the desktop. All you need to do is open the Win+X menu and select what you want. Windows 8.1 instead, offers the PowerShell command – although you can replace PowerShell with Command Prompt in its WinX menu.

If you are a power user who needs to frequently access the CMD, you might want to pin it to your start screen. This post will tell you how to pin a tile to your start screen to open an elevated command prompt window.

Pin Command Prompt with Admin rights Tile to Start Screen

To begin, right-click on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 desktop > Select New > Shortcut.

Command Prompt1

Mention the path as C:/Windows/System32/cmd.exe, where C is your system drive. Click Next.

Command Prompt2

Give it a name. I have chosen CMD. Click Finish.

Command Prompt3

Next right-click on the newly created CMD shortcut on your desktop and select Properties.

Command Prompt4

Click on the Advanced button and check the Run as administrator option.

Command Prompt5

Click OK and Exit.

Now you may right-click on the CMD desktop shortcut and select Pin to Start, and then delete this desktop shortcut. The tile to open an elevated command prompt window will now be pinned to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 Start Screen.

Command Prompt with Admin rights

Clicking on it will open Command Prompt (Admin).

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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. MadHattrr

    Thanks M$ for making using my computer as difficult as a Mac. Thanks. /sarcasm

  2. AzzaM

    Did not seem to work in Windows 8.1. The shortcut works OK from desktop, but when I pin it to the Start Screen, instead of it appearing in the Start Screen with the custom name of my short cut (I called it “Command Prompt (Admin)”), on the Start Screen, it placed a tile called “Command Prompt”, which does not open with admin rights.

  3. You are right. This does not seem to be working for Windows 8.1 now.

  4. Rodolfo

    working properly.
    thanks for the tip.

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