How To Run MS-DOS (cmd.exe) As An Administrator In Windows?

MS-DOS or Command Prompt or cmd.exe is used to execute commands on Windows operating systems. Sometimes some commands may require higher privileges which is generally Administrator privileges in order to run properly. For these situations, the MS-DOS or cmd.exe should be opened as an Administrator.

Open MS-DOS As An Administrator via Start Menu

The Start Menu can be used to open or start the MS-DOS as an Administrator. First, we will open the Start Menu and then type “msdos” or “cmd.exe” which will list the Command Prompt. Then right-click to the Command Prompt which will open a menu. From this menu click on the “Run as administrator” like below.

We will see a confirmation screen like below where we will click to the “Yes”.

Allow MS-DOS or Command Prompt to Run with Administrator Privileges

The Administrator command prompt or MS-DOS is like below. We can see that the MS-DOS bar contains “Administrator” text in order to express this Command Prompt has the Administrator privileges.

Open MS-DOS As An Administrator via Windows Run

Another way to run MS-DOS as an Administrator is by opening it via the “Windows Run“. First, we will open the Windows Run box with the WIN+R key combination and type “cmd.exe” or “cmd“. Then press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER keys in order to run this command as an Administrator.

Open MS-DOS As An Administrator via Windows Run

We will see a confirmation screen like below where we will click to the “Yes”.

Open PowerShell As An Administrator via Power Users Menu

Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019 provide the Power User Menu which provides some shortcuts for administrative tools and functions. The Power User Menu is opened with the WIN+X key combinations which will provide the following options.

Windows Power User Menu To Run PowerShell As Administrator
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