How to Open Elevated or Administrator Command Prompt in Windows 10

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Almost all of the time, what you need is to open the Command Prompt as a regular user. However, in some instances, the Command Prompt must be opened as an administrator to execute commands needing administrative privileges.

Windows provides many ways to access the Command Prompt, and you can use these methods to open the Command Prompt with administrative privileges. In this article, we are going to show you three different easy to follow methods to open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

So follow anyone the methods mentioned below:

How to open the Command Prompt as administrator or open elevated command prompt?

Method 1: Using Run Command Window

You can use the Run command window to access Command Prompt with administrative privileges.

Step #1
To open the Run command window, use the keyboard shortcut Win+R. The Run command window will pop up.

Step #2
Now type cmd in the text field of the Run command window and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys. And Command Prompt with administrative privileges will open.

Note: Make sure to press Ctrl+Shift+Enter keys only, not just Enter key else it will launch Command Prompt in regular user mode.

Method 2: Using Power Users menu (Win+X)

In this method, you can open Command Prompt with administrative privileges using the Power Users menu.

Step #1
To open the Power Users menu, press Win+X keys, or you can right-click on the Start button. The power Users menu will pop up in the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step #2
Next, all you have to do is click on Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) option from the menu & it will launch the Command Prompt in administrator mode.

Note: There might be a PowerShell option on the Power Users menu instead of Command Prompt, which was changed after Creators Update for Windows 10 (Redstone 2) was released. In PowerShell you can do as much as you can in Command Prompt, and as well as much other interesting stuff. The latest versions of Windows 10 have replaced Command Prompt with PowerShell in the Power Users menu (Win+X).

Method 3: Using Start Menu

Now launching Command prompt from Start menu is easy task.

Step #1
Click on the Start menu button. Then once the start menu shows up start typing command prompt or just cmd & you will able to see the Command Prompt app listed at the top of the Start menu.

Step #2
Now just right-click on Command Prompt app icon and select Run as administrator. And this will open Command Prompt in administrator mode.

Here you go, that’s the three very simple easy to follow methods to open Command Prompt and execute commands as an administrator in the Command Prompt window.

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