How to Run Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

In this tutorial I will list multiple methods to run command prompt with highest privileges in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. 

Run Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10

From Search

  1. Hit the Windows (Start) button on your keyboard or click the Start button using your mouse.
  2. Type cmd
  3. Right-click the command prompt app in the search results and select “Run as administrator”.
    run cmd as administrator from search Windows 10
  4. Click “Yes” in the UAC dialogue if asked.

From Task Manager

  1. Press “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” to open the Task Manager.
  2. In the “File” menu click “Run new task”.
  3. Type cmd
  4. Set the “Create this task with administrative privileges” checkbox.
  5. Hit “Enter” or click “OK”.
run cmd from Windows 10 Task Manager

From File Explorer

  1. Press “Win+E” to open the File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32
    assuming that C: is the letter of your system volume.
  3. Find the application file cmd.exe
  4. Right-click it and select “Run as administrator”.
    run command prompt as administrator from Windows 10 File Explorer
  5. Click “Yes” in the UAC windows if it appears.

For Old Windows 10 Versions

This method is for old OS versions because in the latest builds the item was replaced by PowerShell.

1. Right-click the start button.

2. Select Command Prompt (Admin):


Run CMD as Administrator in Windows 7

1. Press Start button.

2. Enter cmd into the search field.

3. Right-click cmd in results.

4. Select Run as administrator:


The above methods will be enough for most cases.

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