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I have configured ansicon to display ANSI colors in cmd.exe, but it only works when cmd is run in administrator privileges. I'm also using Launchy to start cmd.exe (not only cmd). Problem is that if I want to run cmd.exe as Administrator I need to use Windows run (Win+R), type cmd and hit SHIFT+CTRL+ENTER. Do you have any ideas how to optimizie this, to run cmd.exe as Administrator using Launchy.

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Download elevate from and extract it somewhere.

Configure Launchy to use it like so:

  1. Click the little gear icon to open the options dialog.

  2. Click the plugins tab.

  3. Click "Runner" on the left.

  4. Click the + button and enter the following for each field:

    Name - acmd

    Program - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Elevate.exe (OR, Elevate64.exe if you are on 64 bit windows)

    Arguments - C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe

Like so :

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Now to open an admin cmd prompt just type acmd in Launchy.


I just made a screencast to demonstrate the whole process.


  1. Detect if running with administrator privileges under Windows XP
  2. Elevate Documentation
  3. Original Idea
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