I'm not able to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 Ultimate. Previously I was able to open such a command prompt in one of the following ways:

  • Start > type "cmd" then hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter
  • Start > type "cmd" then right click "cmd" and select Run as Administrator.

However when I try this now I only get a normal command prompt without administrator rights.

Any ideas what could be wrong, and how I could fix it?

  • Are there any errors? Feb 23, 2011 at 14:51
  • @splash i want to open with admin privileges, that's why i m writing here...
    – Black
    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:03

1 Answer 1


Try this on a normal command prompt:

powershell -command "start-process cmd -verb runas"

If the command still end up opening a normal command prompt, update your PC using Windows Update, then try again.

  • This works, and is a great workaround, but why oh why can't I run it via a right click "Run as Administrator"? Dec 6, 2020 at 0:39
  • Thanks a lot, it works for me...However, other ways didn't work (since updating my windows to 20H something) although I am an administrator on my machine. Aug 8, 2021 at 7:16

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