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Is there a way to run a program or command with elevated rights when I am already in a non-elevated command line?

Exactly the same action that would be performed when I click on the program shortcut and select Run as administrator.

The runas command is probably not a solution - it asks for a password, but I just want the UAC dialog.

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It looks like this utility - Hidden Start - will do what you wish if you use the /uac switch. Here's an example command line:

hstart /UAC "notepad.exe"

This will pop up the UAC dialog rather than ask for a password like runas does.

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Accepting this answer for its simplicity. –  Lukas Cenovsky Oct 16 '09 at 8:51

There is a way to do this in PowerShell:

PS> Start-Process powershell -Verb runAs
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Seems to work fine. From command line, you could do for instance powershell -Command "Start-Process 'C:\program.exe' -Verb runAs" –  marsze Oct 9 '14 at 11:08

Take a look at Start++ - it has this functionality along with a lot of other useful things. To run with the UAC prompt, simply use sudo then your program name at the command line as shown here:

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Here are some other features (you can also add your own):

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Looks also good but I already use FARR which has similar functionality as Start++ and more (of course except sudo). –  Lukas Cenovsky Oct 16 '09 at 8:54
Wow seems amazing ! –  asksuperuser Nov 3 '09 at 19:34
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Have a look at this question on Stack Overflow to which several other options have been answered, including a simple solution without third-party tools based on PowerShell.

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There is an utility named hstart which should do what you need.

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