How To Start Elevated Command Prompt?

How To Easily Start Elevated Command Prompt On Windows 10?

Command Prompt is the input field in a text-based user interface screen, a command line interpreter application available in most Windows operating systems. It is used to execute entered commands. Most of those commands are used to automate tasks through scripts and batch files, perform advanced administrative functions, troubleshoot and solve certain kinds of Windows issues. In early days of computing Command prompt used to be the only way to interact with the computer, so a simplistic set of commands with rigid syntax was used in order to make the system do anything. Command Prompt's official name is Windows Command Processor but is also sometimes called ​the command shell or cmd prompt, or even referred to by its filename cmd.exe. 

To use Command Prompt, you must enter a valid command along with any optional parameters. Then it executes the command as entered and performs whatever task or function it's designed to perform in Windows. Some commands available in Windows require that you run them from an elevated Command Prompt. This means you have to be running it with administrator level privileges. If you try to execute a command which requires administrative privileges from a normal Command Prompt, you will get the message saying that you must be an administrator running a console, or that access is denied and you do not have sufficient privileges.

It is easy to tell if the Command Prompt window you've opened is elevated or not: if the window title is "Command Prompt", then it is not elevated. If the window title says "Administrator: Command Prompt", then it is elevated. Opening and elevated Command Prompt is easy and in this guide we are going to show you how to do it. Follow the steps below.

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Open Elevated Command Prompt Through Search

Type "command prompt" in Search and right-click on the "Command Prompt" result. Choose "Run as administrator" to run it with administrative privileges.

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When you select "Run as administrator" a User Account Control prompt will appear asking if you would like to allow the Command Prompt to be able to make changes on your computer. Click "Yes".

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Elevated Command Prompt will show up. You can start entering commands.

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Open Elevated Command Prompt From File Explorer

Open File Explorer (usually you can find it's icon on your taskbar). You need to navigate to "Local Disk (C:)", then "Windows" and "System32". In this folder you have to look for cmd.exe application. Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator" to open with administrative privileges.

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Open Elevated Command Prompt Through Task Manager

To open Task Manager type "task manager" in Search or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard. Once Task Manager is opened click on "File" and choose "Run new task" from the dropdown menu. If you don't see the File menu, then you may have to click on the "More details" arrow at the bottom of the Task Manager window to show a more advanced view of the program, including the File menu.

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Create new task window will show up. Type "cmd" into the dialog box and then mark the "Create this task with administrative privileges" checkbox, click "OK" and it will open elevated Command Prompt for you.

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Create Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut

If you think that you might need to use Command Prompt often, then you can create a shortcut for it so you could access it right away. Open File Explorer (usually you can find it's icon on your taskbar). You need to navigate to "Local Disk (C:)", then "Windows" and "System32". In this folder you have to look for cmd.exe application. Right-click on it and select "Send to", then select "Desktop (create shortcut)".

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A shortcut to Command Prompt will appear on your Desktop. You can rename it as you want. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Properties" from the dropdown menu.

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In shortcut's properties window click on "Shortcut" tab and click "Advanced...".

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In Advanced Properties window mark the "Run as administrator" checkbox. This option will allow you to run this shortcut as an administrator. Click "OK" and then click "Apply". Now whenever you double-click on this shortcut it will automatically run the Command Prompt with elevated privileges.

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This is how you can easily access Elevated Command Prompt (with administrator's privileges). Hope this guide helped you to find the way that suits you the best!

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