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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10

    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10

    How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10
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    How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10


    information   Information
    A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands in an elevated command prompt, you can perform tasks that require administrator rights on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to open an elevated command prompt that will run as administrator with full administrator rights in Windows 10.

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


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Win+X Quick Link Menu
    • Option Two: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Task Manager
    • Option Three: Open Elevated Command Prompt by Searching Start Menu
    • Option Four: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Start Menu
    • Option Five: Open Elevated Command Prompt from Search
    • Option Six: Open Elevated Command Prompt from File Explorer
    • Option Seven: To "Open Command Prompt Here as administrator"



    EXAMPLE: Elevated Command Prompt

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    Open Elevated Command Prompt from Win+X Quick Link Menu

    Note   Note
    Starting with Windows 10 build 14971, Windows PowerShell will show in the Win+X by default now instead of Command Prompt.


    1. Open the Win+X menu, and click/tap on Command Prompt (Admin). (see screenshot below)

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    Open Elevated Command Prompt from Task Manager


    Note   Note
    If you are signed in as a standard user, then this will open an unelevated command prompt.

    If you are signed in as an administrator, then this will open an elevated command prompt.


    1. Open Task Manager with more details.

    2. Click/tap on File (menu bar), then press and hold the CTRL key and click/tap on Run new task. (see screenshot below)

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    Open Elevated Command Prompt by Searching Start Menu

    1. Open the Start menu, and type cmd to open the search box. (see screenshot below)

    2. When Command Prompt shows up in the search results, right click or press and hold on it, then click/tap on Run as administrator.

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    Open Elevated Command Prompt from Start Menu

    1. Open the Start menu, and click/tap on All Apps at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

    2. In All Apps, scroll down and expand open the Windows System folder, then right click or press and hold on Command Prompt, then click/tap on Run as administrator.

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    Open Elevated Command Prompt from Search

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to search.

    2. Press the Windows + S keys, type cmd, and go to step 4 below.

    3. Open you Start menu, type cmd in the search box, and go to step 4 below.

    4. When Command Prompt shows up in the search results, right click or press and hold on it, then click/tap on Run as administrator.

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    Open Elevated Command Prompt from File Explorer

    1. Open File Explorer, and navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder. (see screenshot below)

    2. Right click or press and hold on cmd.exe, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

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    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10 OPTION SEVEN Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 10
    To "Open Command Prompt Here as administrator"

    Note   Note
    This option allows you to open an elevated command prompt that opens to the same location as the selected folder or drive.

    This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 14971.


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

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    2. Click/tap on the File tab on the Ribbon, and click/tap on Open command prompt as administrator. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 804
    10 Pro Preview x64
       2014-11-06 #1

    You can also launch it from an elevated PowerShell window by typing cmd. This could be useful if you wanted to run a command like mklink that doesn't exist in PowerShell without opening another window
    Last edited by Brink; 2015-04-18 at 09:07. Reason: removed broken image
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  2. Posts : 18
    Windows 10, build 10074
       2015-04-18 #2

    Thanks for the tutorial. I will try to uninstall a corrupted Mail app in build 10049. I got around it by creating another account but deleting it seems a better option.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3.    2016-05-14 #3

    i tried all this and all i get is access denied
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. davidhk's Avatar
    Posts : 4,765
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       2016-05-14 #4

    Raven2099 said: View Post
    i tried all this and all i get is access denied
    1. excerpt from the tutorial:
    You must be signed in to Windows as an administrator to be able to open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Right click at Start > click Command Prompt (Admin)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5.    2016-05-14 #5

    i was signed in to Windows as an administrator
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  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 18,196
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15042
       2016-05-14 #6

    Hello Raven,

    What is giving you the access denied message?

    When you try to open an elevated command prompt, or some command you are trying to run in an elevated command prompt?
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  7. Posts : 81
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       2016-09-23 #7

    Brink - Consider adding this to Option 7 para 2

    Instead of clicking on the entry Open command prompt as administrator, right-click on it and select Add to Quick access toolbar. The facility will then always be readily available to you on the QAT so you don't have to remember these instructions to get an Admin prompt open set to the current File explorer folder when you need it. [You can also do this with the standard Open command prompt entry].

    Denis
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