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How to Open Elevated Windows PowerShell in Windows 10

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Windows 10 comes with Windows PowerShell 5.0 included.

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

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This tutorial will show you different ways to open an elevated Windows PowerShell in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to open an elevated Windows PowerShell.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from All apps in Start Menu
  • Option Two: Open Elevated Windows PowerShell in Search
  • Option Three: Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from Task Manager
  • Option Four: Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from Win+X Menu
  • Option Five: To "Open Elevated Windows PowerShell Here" in File Explorer
  • Option Six: Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from File Explorer



EXAMPLE: Elevated Windows PowerShell
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Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10
Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from All apps in Start Menu

1. Open All apps in the Start menu.

2. Scroll down and expand open the Windows PowerShell folder, right click or press and hold on Windows PowerShell, click/tap on More, and click/tap on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)

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Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10
Open Elevated Windows PowerShell in Search

1. Press the Win+S keys to open Search.

2. Type powershell in the search box, right click or press and hold on Windows PowerShell in the search results at the top, and click/tap on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)

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Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10
Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from Task Manager

1. Open Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc).

2. Click/tap on File (menu bar), and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

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3. Type powershell, check the Create this task with administrative privileges box, and click/tap on OK in the search results at the top. (see screenshot below)

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Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10
Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from Win+X Menu

1. If you have the Win+X menu set to show Windows PowerShell instead of Command Prompt, then press the Win+X keys to open the Win+X menu.

2. Click/tap on Windows PowerShell (Admin). (see screenshot below)

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Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10
To "Open Elevated Windows PowerShell Here" in File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer, select or open a folder or drive that you want to open Windows PowerShell at that location. (see screenshot below)

2. Click/tap on the File tab on the ribbon, click/tap on Open Windows PowerShell to expand, and click/tap on Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. (see screenshot below)

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Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Windows PowerShell Elevated - Open in Windows 10
Open Elevated Windows PowerShell from File Explorer

1. Open File Explorer, and browse to the folder location below.

C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0

2. Select the powershell.exe file, click/tap on the File tab on the ribbon, and click/tap on Run as administrator. (see screenshot below)

OR

3. Right click or press and hold on the powershell.exe file, and click/tap on the Run as administrator.

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That's it,
Shawn