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On Windows 7, is there a command prompt line that can start cmd as an administrator?

Is it possible to force cmd.exe to always run with administrator rights?

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marked as duplicate by harrymc, ChrisF, Sathya, Diago Dec 28 '09 at 19:19

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Duplicate of superuser.com/questions/74564/… –  harrymc Dec 28 '09 at 14:15
Related but certainly not a duplicate –  Tony Edgecombe Dec 28 '09 at 18:47

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If you are in Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • Press start
  • Type "cmd"
  • Hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter

This method will run any application as administrator.

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Press Alt+C to accept the resulting UAC prompt in Vista, or Alt+Y in Windows 7 –  RJFalconer Dec 28 '09 at 14:13

If you're using Windows XP, you could create a short cut to cmd.exe in the Quick Launch area and then right click -> Properties and change the Target field. You would preface the command with runas /noprofile /user:DOMAIN\USERNAME

The full text of the command on my computer is

C:\WINDOWS\system32\runas.exe /noprofile /user:DOMAIN\USERNAME %SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe
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You can also edit the "Advanced" settings on shortcut properties and check "Run as administrator". –  RJFalconer Dec 28 '09 at 14:06
I don't see this in XP but you can do that in 7. –  rodey Dec 28 '09 at 14:33

In Windows Vista/7 follow these steps to always run the command prompt as an administrator:

  1. Click Start. Type Command. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Properties.

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  2. On the Shortcut tab, click Advanced.

  3. Select the Run as administrator checkbox.

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  4. Click OK twice.

Now, when you launch a Command Prompt from the Start Menu, UAC will prompt you for administrative privileges.

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You can not do this for command prompt –  Jonathan. Dec 28 '09 at 15:15
but of course you can, screen shots added. –  Molly7244 Dec 28 '09 at 15:32
Perfect, worked for me! –  thenonhacker Feb 20 at 2:24

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