How to Run Command Prompt as Admin

This basic guide details several ways how to run a command prompt as an administrator on Windows:

  1. Via the List of programs
  2. Via the Quick links menu
  3. Via Task Manager (quick)
  4. Via Task Manager (standard)
  5. Via Windows 10 Search
  6. From the system folder

💡 On Windows 10, 8.1, 8 – instead of the command line, you can use PowerShell, which supports all cmd.exe commands.

Article in other languages:
🇪🇸 – Cómo ejecutar el Símbolo del sistema como administrador
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Via the List of programs

Run the command prompt as admin from the list of standard Windows programs.

💡 Suitable: Windows 10, Windows 8.

  1. Open the Start menu (Ctrl + ESC);
  2. Open the Windows System;
  3. Right-click Command PromptMoreRun as administrator.
How to run Command Prompt as admin Windows
Run the Command prompt as administrator from the Start menu

We enable the ability to run the command prompt as administrator on the menu on the Start button.

💡 Suitable: Windows 10, Windows 8.

  1. Right-click on the Taskbar, select – Taskbar settings;
  2. Disable the Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu…;
  3. Right-click on the Start button (Windows + X), select Command Prompt (Admin).
Run Command Prompt as admin via the Quick links menu
Run the Command prompt as administrator via Quick links

Via Task Manager (quick)

Running a Command Prompt as administrator via the Windows Task Manager is a quick way.

💡 Suitable: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7.

  • Call Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+ESC);
  • Click on the File;
  • Hold down the Ctrl key and click Run New Task.
Run Command Prompt as admin via Task Manager (quick)
Run the Command prompt as administrator via Task manager

Via Task Manager (standard)

Running the Command Prompt as administrator via the Windows Task Manager is the usual way.

💡 Suitable: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7.

  • Call Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+ESC);
  • Click on the File;
  • Click Run New Task;
  • Select the Create this task with administrative privileges check box;
  • Type cmd and click OK.
Run Command Prompt as admin via Task Manager (standard)

Run the Command Prompt as administrator via Windows 10 Search.

💡 Suitable: Windows 10.

  1. Press the combination Windows+S (or right-click the Start button, select Search);
  2. In the search bar write the command prompt (the result will be displayed earlier than you type completely);
  3. In the right part of the window, select Run as administrator.
Run Command Prompt via Windows 10 Search

From the system folder

Running cmd.exe from the utility location folder is another way to run the command prompt as administrator.

💡 Suitable: for all versions of Windows.

  1. Open the System32 folder to the Windows folder (usually C:\Windows\System32);
  2. Right-click on the cmd file and select Run as administrator.
Starting a command prompt from the System32 system folder

This was the whole list of available ways to run the command prompt as administrator, if new methods appear, the article will be supplemented.


How to run Command Prompt as admin Windows

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