What command can I use to confirm that I am running the command prompt elevated and what command can I use to force a program to run elevated from the command prompt?
to see whether the currently open command window has the priviledges you need, use
Personally, I created a new shortcut to CMD.exe, set the properties of the shortcut to run as Administrator (for which I use a different account at UAC), then change the properties of that window to have a different font and background colour (I use yellow text on blue background, your taste may be for lime on magenta, who knows?). I also increase the width and height of the screen, and make the buffer much bigger, as when I am doing admin type things I tend to want to go back further - some of those /? responses are pretty longwinded! Next time I use that shortcut, I do the UAC, then I have a window which looks very different from my non-elevated one.