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. 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

File Explorer Address Bar

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

Address Toolbar

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

Task Manager

  1. Open Task Manager and then click File > Run new task.
  2. In the “Create new task” box, type “powershell” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Command Prompt

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

Method #2

  1. Right-click on the “Start” button and it will open up the “Power User” menu.
  2. Select “Windows PowerShell.”
Windows PowerShell option in Power User Menu

Method #3

  1. Open Start menu. Find and open the “Windows PowerShell” folder.
  2. Now, you can see “Windows PowerShell.” Click on it.
Windows PowerShell

Method #4

  1. Open Start menu and then type “powershell” (without double quotes).
  2. Now, you can see the “Windows PowerShell” app in the search results. Click on it.

Method #5

  1. Go to “System32” folder (To do that: open Run. Type “system32” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter”).
  2. Now, go to “WindowsPowerShell” folder > v1.0 folder.
  3. Find and double-click “powershell” file.
Powershell file

Method #6

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Go to any folder or drive OR select any folder or drive (when you are in “Quick access” or “This PC“).
  3. Click “File” at the top. Hover the mouse over “Open Windows PowerShell.”
  4. Now, you can see two options: Open Windows PowerShell and Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.
  5. Click “Open Windows PowerShell.”

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

Right-click on the “Start” button and then select “Windows Powershell (Admin).”

Windows PowerShell (Admin)

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

Now, you can see Windows PowerShell. In the title, you can see “Administrator” which states that the PowerShell is opened as Administrator.

Method #2

  1. Open Run Command.
  2. Type “powershell” (without double quotes) and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  3. In the UAC popup, click “Yes.”

Method #3

Open Start menu. Find and click the “Windows PowerShell” folder.

Now, you can see “Windows PowerShell.” Right-click on it. You can see the “Run as Administrator” option.

Run as Administrator option

Hit it. Click on the “Yes” button in the UAC popup.

Method #4

  1. Open Start menu. Type “powershell” (without double quotes).
  2. Now, you can see “Windows PowerShell” in the search results.
  3. Right-click on it, and you can see “Run as administrator.” Click on it. In the UAC popup, click “Yes.”

Method #5

  1. Open Task Manager. Now, click File > Run new task.
  2. In the “Create new task” box, type “powershell” (without double quotes) and then select “Create this task with administrative privileges.” Press “Enter” key.

Method #6

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Now, type “start powershell” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.” It’ll open PowerShell as Administrator.

Method #7

Go to the following location on your PC – C: > Windows > System32 > WindowsPowerShell > v1.0 folder.

Find and right-click “powershell” file.

Choose “Run as administrator.”

Run as administrator option in context menu

Click on “Yes” in UAC popup.

Method #8

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to any folder or drive OR select any folder or drive (when you are in “Quick Access” or “This PC”).
  3. Click on “File” at the top. Hover your mouse over “Open Windows PowerShell.”
  4. Now, you can see these two options: Open Windows PowerShell and Open Windows PowerShell as administrator.
  5. Click on “Open Windows PowerShell as administrator” option.
  6. In the UAC popup, click “Yes.”

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