How to Open a Microsoft Windows Command Prompt with Administrative Privileges

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    To open a Command Prompt as an Administrator perform one of the following options.

    Option One: Use the Power Users (Windows+X) Menu

    Both Windows 8 and 10 offer a Power Users menu that you can access by pressing Windows+X or just right-clicking the Start button. On the Power Users menu, choose “Command Prompt (Admin).”


    When you launch the Command Prompt with admin privileges, you’ll likely see a “User Account Control” window asking for permission to continue. Go ahead and click “Yes.”


    Once you’ve got the “Administrator: Command Prompt” window open, you can run any command, whether it requires administrative privileges or not.


    Option Two: Use the Start Menu

    You can also open an administrative Command Prompt using just the Start menu (or Start screen in Windows 8). Hit Start, type “command,” and you’ll see “Command Prompt” listed as the main result. Right-click that result and choose “Run as administrator.”


    Option Three: Use the Run Box

    If you’re used to using the “Run” box to open apps, you can use that to launch Command Prompt with admin privileges. Press Windows+R to open the “Run” box. Type “cmd” into the box and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to run the command as an administrator.


    Here are three ways to run commands in the Command Prompt window as an administrator.

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