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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10

    How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10
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    23 Sep 2017
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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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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Open Elevated Command Prompt 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.

    Show Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell on Win+X menu in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Customization Tutorials


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

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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Open Elevated Command Prompt 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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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Open Elevated Command Prompt 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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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Open Elevated Command Prompt 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, right click or press and hold on Command Prompt, click/tap on More, and click/tap on Run as administrator.

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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Open Elevated Command Prompt 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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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Open Elevated Command Prompt 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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    Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 OPTION SEVEN Open Elevated Command Prompt 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, but you could use How to Add 'Open command window here as administrator' context menu in Windows 10 instead.

    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


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  1. Posts : 804
    10 Pro Preview x64
       06 Nov 2014 #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; 18 Apr 2015 at 09:07. Reason: removed broken image
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  2. Posts : 18
    Windows 10, build 10074
       18 Apr 2015 #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 ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    14 May 2016 #3

    i tried all this and all i get is access denied
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  4. Posts : 4,771
    windows 10 Home threshold2
       14 May 2016 #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)
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  5.    14 May 2016 #5

    i was signed in to Windows as an administrator
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  6. Posts : 23,694
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       14 May 2016 #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 : 246
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       23 Sep 2016 #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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  8. Posts : 6
    Win10 Home x64 on 3 machines, Win7 Pro x64 on 1.
       04 Mar 2017 #8

    I really wanted this (#7, paragraph 2) to work, but in Win10 Home x64/version 1607/Build 14393.693 the rightclick to add elevated cmd prompt to QAT is greyed out. Best I could do is add the nonelevated cmd prompt to QAT and always remember to rightclick it to RunAsAdmin, which is what I had been doing.

    Pretty soon Win10 will be locked down so tight, we will have to disable UAC.
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  9. Posts : 9,042
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       04 Mar 2017 #9

    @Tony4219, see the note under Option 7

    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.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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