Occasionally, you need to open Command Prompt window to control your computer, run programs, or perform some other tasks. And you will use Administrator Command Prompt more than normal Command Prompt, because it it requires administrative rights to run many commands. If you haven’t known yet how to open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10. Now here share three most commonly used ways to perform this task.

3 ways to open command prompt as administrator in Windows 10

Way 1: Open Command prompt as administrator in Windows 10 Start menu

Step 1: Click Win icon in the lower left corner of Windows 10 desktop, or press Win key on your keyboard to open Start Menu.

Step 2: Click All apps in the bottom of the Start Menu, expand Windows System folder, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

Run Command Prompt as administrator

Step 3: Confirm the User Account Control dialog if prompted.

Way 2: Open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10 Power User Menu

Step 1: Right click on the Win icon in the lower left corner of Windows 10 desktop or simultaneously press Win + X keys on your keyboard to bring out Power User Menu.

Step 2: Select Command Prompt (Admin).

Select Command Prompt (Admin)

Note: If you see Windows Powershell instead of Command Prompt in the Power User Menu, you have to make some settings.

1. Right click on the empty space on the taskbar and then select Properties.

Select Properties

2. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog, select Navigation tab, uncheck the box next to Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the lower-left corner or press Windows key +X, and then click Apply. Then Command Prompt instead of Windows PowerShell should display in the Power User Menu.

Uncheck the box

Step 3: Confirm the User Account Control if prompted and then Administrator Command Prompt will open.

Way 3: Open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10 from Task Manager

Step 1: Simultaneously press Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys, and then select Task Manager.

Select Task Manager

Step 2: Task Manager opens. Click File > Run new task.

Run new task

Note: If your Task Manager opens as the screenshot below and you can’t see the File menu, just click the More details.

more-details

Step 3: In the Open box, type cmd and check the box next to Create this task with administrative privileges. Then click OK.

Create cmd task with administrator

Then the Command Prompt window opens as administrator.

Conclusion: The above are the most commonly used ways to open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10. The Command Prompt is actually a cmd application located in Windows\system32 on your system drive. Open File Explorer, click This PC and open your system drive. Then navigate to Windows\system32. There you can find the cmd application. Right click on the cmd and you can run Command Prompt as administrator, pin to Windows 10 start menu or taskbar.

Open cmd application