How To Open Command Prompt As Administrator in Windows 10

In this article, I  will review a number of methods to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10. This can be useful for various maintenance and administrative tasks.

There are several ways launch the command prompt elevated. This can be done using the Start menu, the Win + X menu and from the Task Manager. Here we go.

Method 1. Open a new elevated cmd.exe from the Start menu

In Windows 10, you can use the search box inside the Start menu. Type cmd there and press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to launch the command prompt elevated. This also works on the Start screen.

Open Command Prompt Elevated Start Menu

Method 2. Open a new elevated cmd.exe via the Win+X menu

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft has implemented the Power Users menu, which contains many useful items like Control Panel, Network Connections and so on. Windows 10 also comes with such a menu. It contains the Command Prompt (Admin) item which is exactly what we need.

Open Command Prompt Elevated Win X

Tip: In Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703), the ability to open the command prompt app is disabled in the Win + X menu out of the box. You can re-enable it in Settings.

Right click the taskbar and select “Settings” in the context menu.

Taskbar Context Menu Properties

Turn off the the option “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X”.Windows 10 Enable Command Prompt Win + X

Method 3. Open a new elevated cmd.exe from Task Manager

Run the Task Manager application. In Windows 10, you can use one of the following tricks to open it:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc hotkeys on the keyboard.
  • Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination and select Task Manager from the list which will appear on the screen.
  • Press the Win+X hotkeys/right click on the Start button and select Task Manager from the menu.
  • Press Win+R and type taskmgr into the Run dialog.

This will open Task Manager.

Windows 10 Task Manager

Click on the button “More Details” to switch Task Manager to the full view mode.

Windows 10 Task Manager Full View

Now do the following.

  1. Open the file menu and point your mouse to the Run new task item. Do not click it yet.
  2. Press and hold the CTRL key on the keyboard.
  3. Do not release the CTRL key and click on the Run new task item.

Instead of the Run dialog, an elevated command prompt will appear on the screen:Windows 10 Elevated Command Prompt

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Author: The MFTNEXT Team

The MSFTNEXT project is a small team of authors who love to engage with the latest technology and gadgets. Being passionate Windows bloggers, we are happy to help others fix their system issues.

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