How To Launch Command Prompt As Admin
(also known as Elevated Command Prompt)
- Click “Start”
- Type ‘cmd’ and Command Prompt will appear as the first option
- Right click ‘Command Prompt’ and choose ‘Run as Administrator’
- Click ‘Yes’ to the prompt ‘Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device’ (If asked, enter an administrator username and password). Click ‘Yes’
- Command Prompt will load under the Administrator context, and you will be able to see the word ‘Administrator’ in the top left of the window.
Applies To: Windows 10
Administrator: Command Prompt
It might seem frustrating to try and run a command in Command Prompt to be told that you need to run it as administrator, and then go through more clicks to open it again in an elevated fashion – but it’s designed this way for security reasons.
It’s tied to Microsoft’s User Account Control (UAC) behavior which drastically reduces the attack surface your computer has – a program can’t perform many functions that change things about your system without permission granted through a pop-up window.
There are ways to turn off UAC, but doing so puts your computer at a much greater risk of being compromised; so please take the slight annoyance of a few extra prompts to keep your computer safe and healthy.