How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

Let us begin.

Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

Method #1

You can launch Command Prompt in Windows 10 using the command cmd. You can use this command in the following programs:

  • Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use the command)

Or you can use start cmd in “Windows PowerShell” to open Command Prompt.

Method #2

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

Method #3

Open the Start menu. Click on the Windows System folder. Within that folder, you will see “Command Prompt.” Click on it.

Method #4

Go to C: > Windows > System32 folder. Find and double-click the “cmd” file.

Method #5

Have you already replaced PowerShell with Command Prompt in the Power user menu? then you can follow the steps below:

Press Windows and X key at the same time. In the Power user menu, hit the “Command Prompt” option.

Create Command Prompt Shortcut

Here you will see the steps to create a Command Prompt shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop.

But remember that the steps are the same for creating a shortcut on File Explorer. Let us begin.

Right-click on your desktop’s blank area. Hover your mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut.” In the “Create Shortcut” pop-up, type cmd. Hit the “Next” button.

Now, provide the name for the shortcut as per your liking if you don’t like the suggested name. Click on the “Finish” button.

Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10

Command Prompt with administrator privileges is known as the “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 the elevated Command Prompt.

With that said, let’s look at the diverse ways to open elevated Command Prompt.

Method #1

Open the Start menu and then type cmd. You can now see the Command Prompt in the search results. Right-click on it and then click on “Run as administrator.”

In the UAC (User Account Control) pop-up, click Yes. You can now see the elevated Command Prompt.

In the title at the top, you will see Administrator: Command Prompt. “Administrator” in the title states that the Command Prompt is open as an administrator.

Method #2

Launch Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

In the “Create new task” box, type cmd. Select “Create this task with administrative privileges.” Press the “Enter” key.

Method #3

Have you already replaced PowerShell with Command Prompt in the Power user menu? then you can follow the steps below:

Open the Power user menu. Click on the “Command Prompt (Admin)” option. Click on Yes in the UAC pop-up.

Method #4

Open the Start menu. Find and click on the “Windows System” folder. Within that folder, you will see “Command Prompt.” Right-click on it.

Select More > Run as administrator. In the UAC pop-up, click “Yes.”

Method #5

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

Method #6

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

Method #7

Launch PowerShell as Administrator. Type start cmd and then press the “Enter” key.

Replace Windows PowerShell with Command Prompt in Power User Menu

When you open the Power user menu (Press the Windows key + X or right-click on the Start button for that), you can see:

Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell (Admin) options.

Want to replace those with Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin) options? then here are the steps.

Open the taskbar settings. Enable the toggle switch underneath “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows key+X.”

That’s all. Now, open the Power user menu and you will see the change.

Note: If you want to get PowerShell back in the Power user menu, disable the toggle switch.