I want know to if there is a command to launch CMD prompt or powershell in elevated privileges from an existing CMD / powershell console. Something along the lines of 'sudo' in *NIX where you don't have to close the console and launch it again.

I have often found myself in situations where in the windows UI I navigate to a folder and want to run CMD/powershell with elevated privileges from over there. Typing CMD in the address bar or Holding Shift + Right Click and choosing 'Open Powershell Here' invokes them in a normal mode and not elevated.


In PowerShell: This example starts PowerShell by using the Run as administrator option.

Start-Process -Verb RunAs -FilePath "powershell"

Replace powershell with the program you want to run elevated.

  • thanks, would you be knowing a similar way for CMD prompt assuming I have the CMD prompt opened?
    – pragun
    Dec 26 '20 at 17:15

For Powershell, after you navigate to the specified folder, you can click "File" > select "Open Powershell as administrator". Or just hold Alt and type F>S>A. enter image description here

For CMD, you can first open CMD as administrator, and type cd . Copy your specified folder path to replace . enter image description here

Or you can typr runas /user: Administrator and enter the password. enter image description here

  • thanks.got the powershell trick both via File menu and via command..but inside the cmd prompt console - if i run **runas /user: Administrator ** it is asking me for password which I have not set. bypassing it with enter also does not work.
    – pragun
    Dec 26 '20 at 17:14

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