How to Open PowerShell as Administrator in Windows 10

How to Open PowerShell as Administrator in Windows 10

In this article, I  will review a number of methods to open a new PowerShell Console as Administrator in Windows 10. This mode is also known as ‘elevated PowerShell’.  It can be useful for various maintenance and administrative tasks.

PowerShell is a modern version of the Windows command prompt. Its basic commands can be extended with a huge set of ready-to-use cmdlets. Also, it allows using .NET framework/C# programming language in various scenarios. If you have skill to write scripts, you can create some very powerful ones to automate the operating system. It can be a handy tool for regular users too to perform administrative and maintenance tasks.

To Open PowerShell as Administrator in Windows 10,

  1. Open the Start menu (Press Win on the keyboard).
  2. Start typing powershell.
  3. Select it in search results and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter or right click it in search results and choose ‘Run as Administrator‘.Windows 10 Run Powershell From Search


There are a number of alternative methods which include the ability to

Open Elevated PowerShell using Win + X menu (the Power User Menu)

  1. Press Win + X on the keyboard.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell or Windows PowerShell(Admin) from the menu.Windows 10 Run Powershell From Win Plus X Menu
  3. The second item opens a new PS console elevated, which you can use to perform various maintenance tasks.

The Win + X menu (the Power users menu) is useful addition to administrative tools available in Windows. It is one of the most convenient ways to open PowerShell in Windows 10. Win + X is in Windows starting with Windows 8.

Finally, you can start PowerShell as Administrator from the Run dialog.

Open PowerShell Elevated from Run Dialog

  1. Press Win + R keys together on the keyboard to open the Run window.
  2. Type the following in the Run box: powershell.Windows 10 Run Powershell
  3. Hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter. PowerShell will open elevated.

Note that the last method requires at least Windows 10 version 1803. It is not available in Windows 10 versions released prior to 1803. Windows 10 build 16362 and higher is required to use this feature.

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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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