Is there a way to run/start cmd as administrator through the command line or a batch file programming in Windows 8?

I want to create a batch file which has administrative privileges without any prompt to the user.


4 Answers 4

runas /profile /user:administrator “Driver:\folder\program”

For example, the administrator account is “AAA” and you want to run BBB.exe of C:\programs, you should follow these steps:

  1. Press Win key & R
  2. Input “CMD” in open box and click “OK”
  3. Input: runas /profile /user:AAA “C:\programs\BBB.exe” and press “Enter”
  4. Input the password of administrator AAA
  5. Press “Enter”

Hope it works.


You can use runas.exe /savecred /user:administrator cmdor refer this link

REM  --> Check for permissions  
>nul 2>&1 "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\cacls.exe" "%SYSTEMROOT%\system32\config\system"  

REM --> If error flag set, we do not have admin.  
if '%errorlevel%' NEQ '0' (  
    echo Requesting administrative privileges...  
    goto UACPrompt  
) else ( goto gotAdmin )  

    echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"  
    echo UAC.ShellExecute "%~s0", "", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\getadmin.vbs"
    exit /B  

    if exist "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" ( del "%temp%\getadmin.vbs" )   
    pushd "%CD%"  
    CD /D "%~dp0"  
  • 1
    You should put some additional content in this answer explaining what it is doing rather than just proving some back code mixed with VBS and no explanation leaving people that don't know this code scratching their head wondering what it does. I'd look it up and test with it regardless if it was me using it and not understanding it but you get the point. Jul 18, 2017 at 5:13

You can download already created portable and clean (generated in the Windows XP) shortcut files set: https://sourceforge.net/p/contools/contools/HEAD/tree/trunk/Scripts/Tools/ToolAdaptors/lnk/

Or even generate your own: https://sourceforge.net/p/contools/contools/HEAD/tree/trunk/Scripts/Tools/ToolAdaptors/vbs/

Usage example:

cmd_admin.lnk /C ...

Each lnk file just a link to the cmd.exe, so you can pass here all the cmd.exe command line options.


  • You don't need a localized version of Administrator account name like for the runas method.


  • You start elevated only the cmd.exe process. To start any other process you have to either run it from the cmd.exe script, or create another standalone shortcut with the Run as Administrator flag raised.
  • Run from shortcut file (.lnk) in the Windows XP (but not in the Windows 7) brings truncated command line down to ~260 characters.
  • Run from shortcut file (.lnk) loads console windows parameters (font, windows size, buffer size, etc) from the shortcut at first and from the registry (HKCU\Console) at second. If try to change and save parameters, then it will be saved ONLY into the shortcut, which brings the shortcut file overwrite.
  • If you promote your own software on this site, you must disclose that it is yours. Jan 8, 2021 at 6:21
  • @G-ManSays'ReinstateMonica' I don't promote or advertise anything. And this is open source, why I have to disclose an open source that it is mine?
    – Andry
    Jan 8, 2021 at 8:07
  • @G-ManSays'ReinstateMonica' A Windows shortcut is a binary file. I can't post here a binary file snippet. How you suppose to do that?
    – Andry
    Jan 8, 2021 at 8:14

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