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

In this post, we’ll see:

How to Open Command Prompt in Windows 10

Method #1

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

Alternatively, you can use start cmd in Windows PowerShell to open Command Prompt.

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. 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 and X key at the same time.
  2. In the Power user menu, hit the Command Prompt option.
Command Prompt option

How to 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.

How to Replace Windows PowerShell with Command Prompt in Power User Menu

When you open the Power user menu, you can see Windows PowerShell and Windows PowerShell (Admin) options.

If you want to replace those with Command Prompt and Command Prompt (Admin) options, then here are the steps:

  1. Open taskbar settings.
  2. 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.
Turned off toggle to show both Command Prompt options in Power User menu

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

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

How to Create Command Prompt Shortcut

Here, we’ll see the steps to create a Command Prompt shortcut in Windows 10.

  1. Right-click on your desktop’s blank area.
  2. Hover your mouse over New. Hit Shortcut, which you can find under Folder.
  3. In the Create Shortcut pop-up, type cmd. Hit the Next button.
  4. Now, provide the name for the shortcut as per your liking if you don’t like the suggested name.
  5. Click on the Finish button.

That’s it. Now you can see the shortcut on the desktop.