12 Ways to Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10

Using the instructions here you will have the ability to open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10 from Start, Search, Run, taskmgr, PowerShell, and more. This application allows executing commands that help you fix multiple issues, change settings, and access different files. When you stuck in anything on Windows 10 the first tool you remember is CMD. Administrative authority makes you capable to run a task in elevated mode.

 

Previously, we discussed How to Launch Elevated Command Prompt on Windows 10 but after time spent new development evolved providing new ways for the same. So here we have come with a collection of additional methods to open cmd with admin rights.

Methods list

1] Quickest and easiest way to run cmd as admin
2] Open command prompt as administrator from Run dialog
3] Take the help of Windows search bar
4] Via Win+X menu
5] By means of Task Manager
6] Again using Task Manager
7] Through Start menu
8] Switch PowerShell to Command Prompt
9] From System32 Directory
10] Via Run command
11] Create Desktop shortcut
12] Assign a shortcut key to open cmd as admin

 

Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10

Here are 12 Ways to Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 –

1] Quickest and easiest way to run cmd as admin

Step-1: Click on Start icon from the left end of the taskbar and type cmd. Press ctrl+shift+enter on keyboard.

Open Command Prompt as Administrator

Step-2: Once User Account Control (UAC) dialog locks your screen, select Yes.

UAC dialog when open command prompt as administrator

2] Open command prompt as administrator from Run dialog

  • Press Win+R and let the Run dialog box appear.
  • Write down either cmd or cmd.exe in the empty text field onward to Open and then press ctrl, shift, and enter simultaneously.
cmd in run dialog box
  • Click Yes when a UAC dialog prompts to seek permission.

3] Take the help of Windows search bar

Step#-1: Press Windows and S keys in one go to invoke Windows search bar.

Step#-2: Type “cmd” in the provided field at the bottom and when you see the result, click Run as administrator.

Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 from start search

Step#-3: A UAC will prompt up for authentication; choose Yes button.

4] Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 Via Win+X menu

In the recent versions of Windows 10, you notice rather Windows PowerShell (Admin) in the Power user menu (Win+X). But for your convenience, you can change it with Command Prompt (Admin) with a small tweak in Settings. This will help you to open cmd with administrative privilege in only 2 clicks. Here’s how –

Personalization on Windows settings
  • On the consequent page, select Taskbar from the left-pane and then shift to the right.
  • Toggle on the option – “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows Key+X” by dragging the button to the right.
Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows Key+X
  • From now onward, whenever you will open the Power user menu, you will view Command Prompt (Admin) in the list. Simply press Win+X and choose the same.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 by switching from powershell

5] Open command prompt as administrator by means of Task Manager

Important – Before proceeding forward, make sure that you have signed in as administrator.

  • Either right-click on the Taskbar and select Task Manager or directly press “Ctrl+Alt+Esc” for the same result.
  • From the menu bar, click on File option. Keep pressing and holding the Ctrl key and at the same time click Run new task.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 using task manager
  • It will right away open cmd as admin.

6] Again using Task Manager

  • Open Task manager using the method given in the previous way.
  • Click on File from the uppermost menu bar and choose Run new task.
  • Type either cmd.exe or cmd the provided space and check the box for “Create this task with administrative privileges”.
  • Click OK.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 using run new task

7] Through Start menu

  • Press Windows key to bring up the Start menu and then click on # from the top.
hash on Start menu
  • Select W alphabet from the list.
W alphabet on Start menu
  • Click Windows System from here and to expand its options.
  • Right-click on Command Prompt, hover the cursor over “More” and subsequently choose “Run as administrator”.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 from start
  • When you see a User Account Control popup, click the Yes to give consent.

8] Switch PowerShell to Command Prompt

  • Press “Win+X” hotkey and select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” from the Power user menu.
PowerShell on on Win+X menu
  • When the User Account Control shows up in the display, click the Yes button to allow it.
  • In the “Administrator: Windows PowerShell”, type cmd after the blinking PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> cursor and hit the Enter key.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 by switching from powershell
  • This will immediately switch the PowerShell utility to Command prompt.

9] Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 From System32 Directory

  • Use Win+E keyboard shortcut combination to put forward File Explorer.
  • Select This PC in Quick access and then Perform a double click on “(C:)” (we assume that this is your system drive).
Local Disk C on this PC
  • Open Windows folder by either double-clicking or right-clicking on it and selecting Open.
Windows folder in c drive
  • From the next window, locate System32 and make double-click on the same to enter into it.
System32 directory in windows folder
  • Once this directory appears, find cmd.exe.
  • Right click on the same and opt Run as administrator from the list.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 from System32 directory
  • Finally, hit the Yes button once the UAC arrives.
  • Alternatively, to get access to the location you may copy-paste “C:\Windows\System32” into the Run dialog box and hit Enter.

10] Via Run command

  • Press Win+R, paste C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe in Run dialog and then press ctrl+shift+enter.
cmd path in run dialog box
  • Choose Yes when User account control prompt appears.

11] Create Desktop shortcut

  • Right-click on a blank field on the desktop and hover the mouse cursor over New and select Shortcut.
right click desktop new shortcut
  • A wizard entitled Create Shortcut will show up. Copy C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe paste into the given area and then click Next button.
cmd location in shortcut wizard
  • Provide a suitable name for this shortcut and lastly click on Finish.
shortcut name of command prompt
  • You will notice a new shortcut for the “CMD” on the desktop. Right-click on the same and select Properties.
properties of cmd shortcut
  • In the Shortcut tab, move down to the bottom of the wizard and click the Advanced button.
Advanced on properties of cmd shortcut
  • Mark the checkbox located adjacent to Run as administrator and then hit the OK button.
run as administrator on advanced properties
  • Finally, click on Apply and thereafter OK button to save the changes.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 via shortcut
  • In future, whenever you need to open command prompt as administrator, just double-click on the shortcut.

12] Assign a shortcut key to open cmd as admin

  • Follow the previous method to create a shortcut key of Command Prompt and give it administrative authority.
  • Thereafter, right-click on the same and select Properties from the fly-out menu.
  • In the opened wizard, go to Shortcut key area and click on the box located beside it.
  • Now, press your preferred key from the keyboard. When you will type C and the system automatically generated a shortcut key Ctrl+Alt+C.
  • Lastly, click on Apply and then OK to make the changes effective.
Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10 using run new task
  • To open cmd as admin, you just require hitting the shortcut key you just created.

That’s all!!!

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