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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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If you are in Windows Vista or Windows 7:

  • Press start
  • Type "cmd"
  • Hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter
  • Press Yes to accept the resulting UAC prompt (or Alt + C on Windows Vista, or Alt + Y on Windows 7)

This method will run any application as administrator.

  • Pressing <shift>+<ctrl>+<enter> gives a message box "C:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe: Unspecified error"... what could this mean? Windows 7 home premium. Dec 22, 2015 at 21:22

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.

  • You can not do this for command prompt
    – Jonathan.
    Dec 28, 2009 at 15:15
  • but of course you can, screen shots added.
    – Molly7244
    Dec 28, 2009 at 15:32
  • I have checked this box, but running the shortcut brings me to a C:\Users\Username prompt, which I think means it is not running as administrator! Dec 22, 2015 at 21:24
  • @SanjayManohar the Start path is also specified in the Shortcut properties. Most likely you just have C:\Users\--Username-- as the start path. I've confirmed this works for me. I think this is a better solution than the accepted answer.
    – ry4nolson
    Mar 8, 2016 at 15:04

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
  • You can also edit the "Advanced" settings on shortcut properties and check "Run as administrator".
    – RJFalconer
    Dec 28, 2009 at 14:06
  • I don't see this in XP but you can do that in 7.
    – rodey
    Dec 28, 2009 at 14:33

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