Opening an Elevated Command Prompt

You may need to open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows Vista to run some command line tasks that require administrative privileges. Opening an Elevated Command Prompt is a simple task to perform. There are three methods you can use and here are the instructions that I use to complete this task.

Opening an Elevated Command Prompt – Method 1

  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search field on the Start Menu.
  3. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER.
  4. Accept the UAC Prompt.
  5. A Command Prompt should open with elevated privileges.

Opening an Elevated Command Prompt – Method 2

NOTE

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  1. Click on the Start Orb (commonly known as the Start button).
  2. Type cmd in the Start Search field on the Start Menu. Refer to Step 1 on the Image below.
  3. The Programs in the Start Menu in the left pane will populate. "cmd.exe" should appear. Right-click on cmd.exe to access the context menu. Refer to Step 2 on the Image below.
  4. Select Run as administrator in the Context menu for "cmd.exe". Refer to Step 3 on the Image below.

     

  5. A UAC Prompt should appear to allow access to the elevated Command Prompt. Click on Continue to allow the Elevated Command Prompt window to open. Refer to the Image below.
     

  6. Now a Command Prompt window will open with elevated privileges. Refer to Image below.
     

Opening an Elevated Command Prompt with a Shortcut – Method 3

NOTE: It is assumed that Windows Vista is installed on the C drive of your computer. If Windows Vista is not installed on the C drive of your computer then replace C with the system drive letter for Windows Vista.
  1. Right-click on an empty area of your Desktop to select New > Shortcut. A New Shortcut wizard window will appear. Refer to Image in Step 2.
  2. In the Type the location of the item:box type the following:c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe

    Then click the Next button to continue with the Create Shortcut wizard. Refer to Image below.

  3. In the Type a name for this shortcut:field, type the following:Elevated Command Prompt

    Click Finish to complete the Create Shortcut wizard for the Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut.

  4. Right-click the Elevated Command Prompt shortcut located on your Desktop to select Properties.
  5. Ensure the Shortcut tab is selected for the Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut properties page. Click the Advance button. Refer to Image below.
     

  6. Place a checkmark for Run as administrator in the Advanced Properties window. Refer to Image below.
     

  7. Click OK two time to exit the Elevated Command Prompt shortcut properties page.
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Edited: May 2, 2012

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