How to Open PowerShell and Elevated PowerShell in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

How to Open Windows PowerShell in Windows 10

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

Method #1

You can launch PowerShell in Windows 10 using the command powershell or start powershell.

You can use this command in the following programs:

  • Run Command
  • File Explorer address bar
  • Address toolbar
  • Task Manager (click on File > Run new task to use the command)
  • Command Prompt

Remember that the latter command is for the Command Prompt and the former is for the rest.

Method #2

  1. Right-click on the Start button and it’ll open the Power user menu.
  2. Select Windows PowerShell.
Windows PowerShell option in Power User Menu

Method #3

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Find and open the Windows PowerShell folder.
  3. You can see Windows PowerShell. Click on it.
Windows PowerShell

Method #4

  1. Open Start menu and then type powershell.
  2. You can see the Windows PowerShell app in the search results. Click on it.

Method #5

  1. Go to the System32 folder > WindowsPowerShell folder > v1.0 folder.
  2. Find and double-click the 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’re 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.

Read: How to Create a Windows PowerShell Shortcut

How to 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 pop-up, 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 and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys.
  3. In the UAC pop-up, click Yes.

Method #3

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Find and click the Windows PowerShell folder.
  3. Now you can see Windows PowerShell. Right-click on it.
  4. You can view the Run as Administrator option. Hit it.
Run as Administrator option
  1. Click on the Yes button in the UAC pop-up.

Method #4

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Type powershell.
  3. Now, you can see Windows PowerShell in the search results.
  4. Right-click on it, and you can see Run as administrator. Click on it.
  5. In the UAC pop-up, click Yes.

Method #5

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

Method #6

  1. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  2. Type start powershell and then press Enter key. It’ll open PowerShell as Administrator.

Method #7

  1. Go to the following location on your PC – C: > Windows > System32 > WindowsPowerShell > v1.0 folder.
  2. Find and right-click the powershell file.
  3. Choose Run as administrator.
Run as administrator option in context menu
  1. Click on Yes in UAC pop-up.

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 the Open Windows PowerShell as administrator option.
  6. In the UAC pop-up, click Yes.