After the recent upgrade to Windows 10, the good ol' AppCompatFlags method no longer works. Which is something like this -

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]
"C:\\Windows\\System32\\cmd.exe"="~ RUNASADMIN"
"C:\\Windows\\SysWOW64\\cmd.exe"="~ RUNASADMIN"
"C:\\Windows\\System32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe"="~ RUNASADMIN"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Layers]
"C:\\Windows\\System32\\cmd.exe"="~ RUNASADMIN"
"C:\\Windows\\SysWOW64\\cmd.exe"="~ RUNASADMIN"
"C:\\Windows\\System32\\WindowsPowerShell\\v1.0\\powershell.exe"="~ RUNASADMIN"

Is there any other way I can make command prompt run as admin by default? I'm not talking about the CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER to run as admin or through a shortcut as they are all very inconvenient.

(E.g. say when you SHIFT right click in a folder and open a new command prompt, it's not gonna run as admin by default and there's no way you can make it run with the privilage without editing the context menu.)

  • AppCompatFlags > RUNASADMIN still works here, running Win10 1511 10586.218 – w32sh Apr 22 '16 at 11:29
  • Odd, is it the same exact path and key? It's not working here. – StillAzure Apr 22 '16 at 11:31
  • Yes. I used your REG file infact. – w32sh Apr 22 '16 at 17:20
  • Does running this command show any integrity violation for sysmain.sdb? sfc /verifyfile=C:\windows\AppPatch\sysmain.sdb – w32sh Apr 22 '16 at 17:36
  • Nope, by the way this was tested on multiple fresh installment of Windows 10. All latest builds. – StillAzure Apr 23 '16 at 3:31


Open the Start menu and click All apps find the program you want to always run in administrator mode and right-click on the shortcut. Click the Open file location (only desktop programs will have this option)

screenshot of start menu


A File Explorer window will open to the location of the program you want to access.

Right-click on the program and click Properties from the pop-up menu.

menu screenshot


In the Properties window, click the Shortcut tab and then click Advanced


Step 4

In the Advanced Properties window, check the box next to Run as administrator and click OK.


The program will now open in administrator mode.

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    That won't work if you run Command Prompt from Run though, which is what I use often. – StillAzure Feb 10 '16 at 15:12
  • @StillAzure I have spent like 2h just looking on how to make this work. Here is the solution - make it as in the answer above, create a shortcut of that .exe . Change that shortcut to whatever command you like to enter in run - for me I set it up as cmda - command prompt admin. Move it to C:\Windows folder. Now you can run it easily. – Candid Moon _Max_ Nov 20 '17 at 0:02
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    @CandidMoon It would still kinda be a botched solution, but better than nothing :p – StillAzure Nov 20 '17 at 4:17

Actually, there is a way to do it:

  1. You need to go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\ and take ownership over cmd.exe. You can do it by Right click->Properties->Security->Advanced->Change (in blue with the shield icon).
  2. Now you can give yourself access to modify it, or whatever you need to rename it.
  3. Once you've done that, rename it to whatever you like.
  4. You can access it's compatibility properties tab and tick "Run as administrator"

Voila! Done!

But, not quite, no program will now be able to find cmd.exe since it no longer exists. But fret not, open your shiny new renamed cmd and run this command:

mklink "C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe" "C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmdWithNewName.exe"

Congrats, you now have a dummy cmd.exe that will point to your renamed exe that is always ran as administrator.

Remember to change the permissions on the new "cmdWithNewName.exe" back to being only read & execute. After you've done that, you can change the owner of the file back to TrustedInstaller by entering "NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller" in the object name field where you originally took ownership of the file.

This locks the file from any further tampering, lessening the security risk.


After following the instructions above, making the program start in administrator mode by default, I added a shortcut key, CTRL + ALT + E to the properties options, works great.

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If you are using Windows 10 File explorer, click on "File" (left top corner) & mouse over "Open Command Prompt". There is an option to run as administrator.

  • Welcome to Super User! Have another look at the OP's question. He wants to configure the Command Prompt so that it runs as Admin by default. Please revisit your answer accordingly. Thanks for contributing. – I say Reinstate Monica Aug 24 '15 at 21:29
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    and there's an easier way in windows 10: press win+X – phuclv Jan 5 '17 at 7:01
  • @phuclv, whoa, that's pretty cool – brgs Aug 12 '18 at 15:49

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