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 launch Command Prompt in Windows 10 by using the command cmd or start cmd.

You can use this command in the following programs:

  • Run Command
  • File Explorer Address Bar
  • Address Toolbar
  • Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use the command)
  • Windows PowerShell

Remember that the latter command is for the Windows PowerShell and the former is for the rest.

Method #2

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Type cmd and you can see the Command Prompt app in the search results. Click on it.

Method #3

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Find and click the Windows System folder.
  3. Within that folder, you can see Command Prompt. Click on it.
Command Prompt within Windows System folder

Method #4

  1. Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder.
  2. Find and double-click the cmd file.
The cmd file in System32 folder

Method #5

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

  1. Press Windows key + X.
  2. In the Power user menu, hit the 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

  1. Open Start menu and then type cmd.
  2. Now, you can see Command Prompt in the search results. Right-click on it and then click on Run as administrator.
  3. In the UAC (User Account Control) pop-up, 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.

Method #2

  1. Launch Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.
  2. In the Create new task box, type cmd and then select Create this task with administrative privileges.
  3. Press Enter key.

Method #3

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

  1. Open Power user menu.
  2. Click on the Command Prompt (Admin) option.
Command Prompt (Admin) option in Power User Menu
  1. Click on Yes in UAC pop-up.

Method #4

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Find and click the Windows System folder.
  3. Within that folder, you can see Command Prompt. Right-click on it.
  4. Select More > Run as administrator.
Run as administrator option to open Command Prompt as Administrator
  1. In the UAC pop-up, click Yes.

Method #5

  1. Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder.
  2. Find and right-click on the cmd file.
  3. Click on Run as administrator.
  4. In the UAC pop-up, click the Yes button.

Method #6

  1. Open Run Command.
  2. Type cmd and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.
  3. In the UAC pop-up, click the Yes button.

Method #7

  1. Launch PowerShell as Administrator.
  2. Type start cmd and then press Enter key.

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