How to Open Command Prompt and Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see the different ways to open Command Prompt and elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10. Let’s get started.

Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see different methods to open Command Prompt in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

You can open Command Prompt using “cmd” command in Windows 10 (For PowerShell, it is “start cmd”). You can use this command in the following programs:

Run Command

Open Run Command. Type “cmd” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Cmd within Run Command Box

File Explorer Address Bar

Open the File Explorer. In File Explorer Address Bar, type “cmd” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Cmd in File Explorer Address Bar

Address Toolbar

In the Address Toolbar, type “cmd” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Cmd in Address Toolbar

Task Manager

Open Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

Type “cmd” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Cmd within Create New Task box

Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell. Type “start cmd” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Cmd within Windows PowerShell

Method #2

Open Start Menu. Type “cmd” (without double quotes) and you can see “Command Prompt” in the search results.

Command Prompt in the result

Click on it.

Method #3

Open Start Menu. Find and click “Windows System” folder. Within that folder, you can see “Command Prompt.”

Command Prompt within Windows System folder

Click on it to open Command Prompt.

Method #4

Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder.

You can go to the “System32” folder directly by following this step: Type “system32” (without double quotes) in Run Command Box and then press “Enter” key.

Find and double-click “cmd” file.

The cmd file in System32 folder

Method #5

If you’ve already replaced PowerShell options with Command Prompt options in Power User Menu, then you can follow the below steps:

Press Windows key + X.

In the Power User Menu, hit “Command Prompt” option.

Command Prompt option

Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10

The Command Prompt with Administrator privileges is known as “Elevated Command Prompt.”

Some commands (For instance: sfc) only run in elevated Command Prompt. If you want to run those commands, you need to use elevated Command Prompt.

With that said, let’s see the different ways to open elevated Command Prompt.

Method #1

Open Start Menu and then type “cmd” (without double quotes).

Now, you can see “Command Prompt” in the search results.

Right click on it and then click on “Run as administrator.”

Run as administrator option

In the UAC (User Account Control) popup, click “Yes.”

Now, you can see the elevated Command Prompt.

In the title at the top, you can see “Administrator: Command Prompt.” The “Administrator” in the title states that the Command Prompt is opened as an Administrator.

Administrator Command Prompt

Method #2

Launch Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

In the “Create new task” box, type “cmd” (without double quotes) and then select “Create this task with administrative privileges.”

Now, press “Enter.”

Cmd in the Create new task box with administrative privileges selected

Method #3

If you’ve already replaced PowerShell options with Command Prompt options in Power User Menu, then you can follow the below steps:

Open Power User Menu.

Click on “Command Prompt (Admin)” option.

Command Prompt (Admin) option in Power User Menu

Click on “Yes” in UAC popup.

Method #4

Open Start Menu. Find and click “Windows System” folder.

Within that folder, you can see “Command Prompt.”

Right-click on it. Select More > Run as administrator.

Run as administrator option to open Command Prompt as Administrator

In the UAC popup, click “Yes.”

Method #5

Go to C > Windows > System32 folder.

Find and right-click on “cmd” file. Click on “Run as administrator.”

Run as administrator option in context menu

In the UAC popup, click “Yes” button.

Method #6

Open Run Command.

Type “cmd” (without double quotes) and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.

Run Command with the cmd command

In the UAC popup, click “Yes” button.

Method #7

Open PowerShell as Administrator.

Type “start cmd” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Start cmd command in the elevated PowerShell

Also see:

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