This tutorial will show any Windows user how they can open an “elevated” command prompt, which will allow them to not only control the files and settings of the user they are currently logged in as but the entire computer system as a whole. Read below to find out how you can open an “elevated” command prompt in just seconds.

In case you don’t know, an “elevated” command prompt allows you to operate the “command prompt” with complete administrative control over the computer system. This is necessary for tasks that require administrative privileges and also allows full control over all files on the Windows operating system (excluding files that are currently in use of course).


The first thing you must do in order to open this specialized type of command prompt, is to begin at the method below that you believe is most appropriate to your computer system:


Method 1


Click the “start” button in the bottom left of your screen, in the taskbar.


Once you have clicked the “start” button and the menu has popped up, you must move your mouse pointer to the text at the bottom of the menu, which should read “All Programs” and then leave your mouse on the text until the context menu to the right appears.


Once the context menu appears, you should notice a list of most of the programs that you have installed on your computer, as well as the programs that came factory installed when you bought your computer. From this list you must move and hold your mouse pointer over the text reading “Accessories”, which should be at the top left of the context menu.


Once the sub-context menu appears from “Accessories” you must then locate the text “Command Prompt” and right click the text. When you right click the text “Command Prompt”, you will be given a small context menu, from this menu you must click “Run As…”


Once you click “Run As…”, you will be given a small windows that will have two buttons, which you can select. One button will say “Current user <username here>” and the button beneath will say “The following user”. You will need to select “The following user” and then enter the login details for the administrator on your computer and then click the “OK” button, located in the bottom right of the window.


Your command prompt with full administrative control will now be open.


Method 2


Right click on your desktop and then select “New” and “Shortcut”.


Type into the first text box the text below:



Now hit the “Enter” key or click the “Next” button. Then, in the next text box that appears you can name the shortcut to whichever name you would like to appear on the desktop and then hit “Enter”.


You will now notice that there is a new shortcut on your desktop. In order to use this shortcut you must right click it and select “Run As” and then select the correct button and enter the administrative login details for your computer and then click “OK” or hit the “Enter” key.


Once you do this you will open a command prompt that will have administrative control over your computer.

That’s it, you now have your own, easy to access administrative command prompt, to use whenever you feel necessary. Enjoy your newfound Windows command prompt knowledge.