Like Command Prompt, Windows PowerShell is a command-line window designed in Windows, which is generally for system advanced administration, IT professionals and developers. Actually, Windows PowerShell is more powerful but less known than Command Prompt. In our previous post, we showed how to open Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10. Now in this post we will show five ways to run PowerShell as administrator in Windows 10.

Way 1: Run PowerShell as administrator from Start menu search box

Step 1: Bring up Windows 10 Start menu.

Step 2: Type powershell. In the search result, right click on the Windows PowerShell app and select Run as administrator.

Run powershell as administrator

Way 2: Run PowerShell as admin from Win + X menu

Either Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell is usually included in Win + X menu.

Press Win + X keyboard shortcut to bring up Win + X menu. Then from the menu click Windows PowerShell (Admin).

Select Windows PowerShell (Admin)

Way 3: Run PowerShell as administrator from an elevated CMD

Step 1: Open Windows 10 Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Type powershell and hit Enter. Then the command prompt will turn to Windows PowerShell.

Run powershell from command prompt

Way 4: Run PowerShell as administrator from File Explorer

Step 1: Open File Explorer in Windows 10.

Step 2: Navigate to C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe. Then right click on the powershell.exe file and select Run as administrator.

right click on powershell.exe

Way 5: Run PowerShell as administrator from Task Manager

Step 1: Open Windows 10 task manager.

Step 2: Click on More details in the lower left corner to display the full screen of task manager.

Click More details

Step 3: Click File > Run new task.

Click File and Run new task

Step 4: In the Create new task dialog box, type powershell, check the box next to Create this task with administrative privileges, and then click OK.

Create powershell task

Way 6: Run PowerShell as administrator from Run box

Step 1: Bring up Run dialog box by pressing Win + R keys.

Step 2: Type powershell in the box and click OK.

Type powershell in Run box

Step 3: A normal Windows PowerShell will open as your current user. Type start –process powershell –verb runAs and hit “Enter” key. This will bring up an elevated PowerShell as administrator.

Start administrative powershell