How To Launch Command Prompt As Admin

How To Launch Command Prompt As Admin

(also known as Elevated Command Prompt)

  1. Click “Start”
  2. Type ‘cmd’ and Command Prompt will appear as the first option
  3. Right click ‘Command Prompt’ and choose ‘Run as Administrator’
  4. 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’
  5. 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.

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