How to Run PowerShell as Administrator (6 ways)

This basic tutorial details several ways to run PowerShell as Administrator on Windows.

Run PowerShell as Administrator, often needed when accessing or changing system settings.

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Run PowerShell as Administrator using:

  1. Start Menu
  2. Quick Link menu
  3. File menu
  4. Search menu
  5. Command prompt
  6. PowerShell (with user rights)

Article in other languages:
🇪🇸 – Cómo ejecutar PowerShell como administrador
🇷🇺 – Как запустить PowerShell от имени администратора
🇫🇷 – Comment exécuter PowerShell en tant qu’administrateur
🇩🇪 – So führen Sie PowerShell als Administrator aus

Start Menu

The first way is to run PowerShell as an Administrator using the Start button.

  1. Click the Start button;
  2. In the list of programs, click Windows PowerShell;
  3. Right-click Windows PowerShell, select More and Run as Administrator.
How to Run PowerShell as Administrator via Start Menu

The second way is to run PowerShell as an Administrator using the Quick Link menu.

  1. Click on the Start button with the right mouse button (or press the combination Windows+X);
  2. Click Windows PowerShell (Admin).
How to Run PowerShell as Administrator via Quick Link menu

File menu

The third way to run PowerShell as an Administrator is by using the File menu while selecting a file or folder in Windows Explorer.

  1. Select a file or folder in the Windows Explorer window;
  2. Click the File menu, point to Advanced Selection triangle in paragraph Open Windows PowerShell;
  3. Select Open Windows PowerShell as Administrator.
How to Run PowerShell as Administrator via File menu

Search menu

The fourth way to run PowerShell as an Administrator is by using Windows Search from the start menu.

  1. Click on the Search line on the taskbar (or press the Windows+S combination);
  2. Type the PowerShell text;
  3. Click the extended results triangle under Windows PowerShell and click Run as Administrator.
How to Run PowerShell as Administrator via Search menu

Run PowerShell as Administrator using Command Prompt

The fifth way is to run PowerShell as Administrator using the command prompt.

Run Command Prompt and run the command:

powershell "start-process powershell -verb runas"
How to Run PowerShell as Administrator via Command prompt

Run PowerShell as Administrator using PowerShell (with user rights)

The sixth method is to run PowerShell as an Administrator using the PowerShell console running with user rights.

Start PowerShell console and run the command:

start-process powershell -verb runas
How to Run PowerShell as Administrator via PowerShell (with user rights)


🟢 This article discussed how to run PowerShell as Administrator, to run programs or change system settings that require elevated rights. I hope you were able to launch an elevated PowerShell console using the method you chose. However, if you run into any problems starting PowerShell, feel free to write in the comments. I will try to help.

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