How to Open PowerShell and Elevated PowerShell in Windows 10

In this post, we'll see the different ways to open Windows PowerShell and elevated Windows PowerShell in Windows 10.

Also, we'll see the steps to replace PowerShell options in the Power User Menu with Command Prompt options. Without further ado, let's get started.

Open Windows PowerShell in Windows 10

Here, we'll see the different ways to open Windows PowerShell. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

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

Run Command

Open Run. Type "powershell" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Powershell in Run
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File Explorer Address Bar

In the File Explorer Address Bar, type "powershell" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Powershell in File Explorer Address Bar
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Address Toolbar

In the Address Toolbar, type "powershell" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter."

Powershell in Address Toolbar
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Task Manager

Open Task Manager and then click File > Run new task.

In the "Create new task" box, type "powershell" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Powershell in Create new task box
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Command Prompt

Open Command Prompt. Type "start powershell" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter" key.

Start powershell command in Command Prompt
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Method #2

Right-click on "Start" button and it will open up "Power User Menu."

Select "Windows PowerShell."

Windows PowerShell option in Power User Menu
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Method #3

Open Start Menu. Find and open the "Windows PowerShell" folder.

Now, you can see "Windows PowerShell."

Windows PowerShell
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Click on it.

Method #4

Open Start Menu and then type "powershell" (without double quotes).

Now, you can see "Windows PowerShell" in the search results.

Windows PowerShell in search results
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Click on it.

Method #5

Go to "System32" folder (To do that: open Run. Type "system32" (without double quotes) and then press "Enter").

Now, go to "WindowsPowerShell" folder > v1.0 folder.

Find and double-click "powershell" file.

Powershell file
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Method #6

Go to any folder or drive OR select any folder or drive (when you are in "Quick access" or "This PC").

Click "File" at the top. Hover the mouse over "Open Windows PowerShell."

Now, you can see two options:

Open Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell as administrator

Click "Open Windows PowerShell."

Open Windows PowerShell option
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Open Elevated PowerShell in Windows 10

Windows PowerShell with Administrator privileges is known as "Elevated Windows PowerShell."

Here, we'll see the different methods to open elevated PowerShell in Windows 10. Let's see what they are.

Method #1

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    Right-click on the "Start" button and then select "Windows Powershell (Admin)."
Windows PowerShell (Admin)
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Now, you can see Windows PowerShell. In the title, you can see "Administrator" which states that the PowerShell is opened as Administrator.

Method #2

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    Open Run Command.
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    Type "powershell" (without double quotes) and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
Powershell command in Run Command
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    In the UAC popup, click "Yes."

Method #3

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    Open Start Menu. Find and click the "Windows PowerShell" folder.
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    Now, you can see "Windows PowerShell." Right-click on it. You can see "Run as Administrator" option.
Run as Administrator option
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    Click on it. Click "Yes" button in the UAC popup.

Method #4

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    Open Start Menu. Type "powershell" (without double quotes).
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    Now, you can see "Windows PowerShell" in the search results.
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    Right-click on it and you can see "Run as administrator."
Run as administrator option showing while right-clicking on Windows PowerShell in search results
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    Click on it. In the UAC popup, click "Yes."

Method #5

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    Open Task Manager. Now, click File > Run new task.
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    In the "Create new task" box, type "powershell" (without double quotes) and then select "Create this task with administrative privileges."
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    Press "Enter" key.
Powershell command in the Create new task box with Create this task with Administrative privileges option selected
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Method #6

Start powershell command in Elevated Command Prompt
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It will open PowerShell as Administrator.

Method #7

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    Go to the following location on your PC - C > Windows > System32 > WindowsPowerShell > v1.0 folder.
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    Find and right-click "powershell" file.
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    Choose "Run as administrator."
Run as administrator option in the context menu
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    Click on "Yes" in UAC popup.

Method #8

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    Open File Explorer.
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    Go to any folder or drive OR select any folder or drive (when you are in Quick Access or This PC).
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    Click on "File" at the top. Hover your mouse over "Open Windows PowerShell."
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    Now, you can see these two options:

Open Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell as administrator

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    Click on "Open Windows PowerShell as administrator" option.
Open Windows PowerShell as administrator
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    In the UAC popup, click "Yes." 

Replace Windows PowerShell with Command Prompt in Power User Menu

When you open Power User Menu (To do that: right-click on the Start button or press Windows key + X), you can see "Windows PowerShell" and "Windows PowerShell (Admin)" options.

Both Windows PowerShell options are shown in Power User Menu
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If you want to replace those with "Command Prompt" and "Command Prompt (Admin)" options, then here are the steps:

Click on an empty area of the Taskbar and then select "Taskbar settings."

Alternatively, you can go to "Taskbar settings" by launching Run Command, typing "ms-settings:taskbar" (without double quotes) in it and then by pressing "Enter" key.

Command to open Taskbar settings
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Now, find and click the toggle underneath the "Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows logo key + X."

Turned off toggle to show both Command Prompt options in Power User Menu
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That is all. Now, open Power User Menu and you can see both Windows PowerShell options are replaced with Command Prompt options.

Both Command Prompt options are shown in Power User Menu
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If you want to get back PowerShell in the Power User Menu, then follow the above steps.

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