My preference for running CMD is to use Windows+R » type cmd » Enter.

But this doesn't open it with admin rights. Is there a way to type your way through to command prompt with admin rights?

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    Which version of Windows? You can start an admin command prompt from Win+x "Power User Menu" in recent versions. – bertieb Sep 4 '15 at 10:33
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    You could type runas /user:Administrator cmd – RJFalconer Sep 4 '15 at 10:38
  • @RJFalconer This is valid. Please post it as an answer – nixda Sep 4 '15 at 10:42
  • Also check out my wsudo, a sudo-like tool for Windows available as a Chocolatey package. – noseratio Feb 19 '19 at 5:19

The easiest and quickest solution that follows your method, is by starting the command prompt as follows:

Press win to open the start menu. Type in cmd to search for Command Prompt.

Press ctrl+shift+enter to launch Command Prompt as administrator.

This works from Windows 7 and up.

win+r does not natively support this though, but an alternative (and less quick) way, is to type in runas /user:Administrator cmd and then type the password for the administrator account.

EDIT: It seems that the latest version of Windows 10 does offer support for ctrl+shift+enter at the Win+R dialog, so you can now use it there too.

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    The first option is pretty quick! the second one is eventually even faster if Win + R keeps the command ;) – Mohamed Khamis Sep 4 '15 at 12:55
  • Note that ctrl+shift+enter works on any shortcut found in Start menu. If it is a real program it will fail to elevate to Admin – gavenkoa Sep 21 '17 at 8:50
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    Ctrl+Shift+Enter works even in the Win+R prompt – phuclv Sep 8 '18 at 9:25
  • @phuclv Microsoft must have changed this behavior then. It was not possible to do this earlier. Thanks for letting me know. I've updated the answer. – LPChip Sep 8 '18 at 10:55
  • actually that shortcut has existed since Vista. However in my experience it doesn't work reliably on all PCs although I don't know the real reason – phuclv Sep 8 '18 at 11:01

Another fast way is to use Windows+X then hit A.

However I marked the other answer as the correct one because the question originally asked for a way to do that through Windows+R

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    Nice answer. It does however only apply to Windows 8 and higher., which is something you did not specify in your question. Win+R is available in all OS's including Windows XP even. Because Windows XP is long dead, I carefully assumed you'd be at least on windows 7 by now. – LPChip Sep 4 '15 at 14:11
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    Just a heads-up, this does not work on the latest Windows 10 anymore, given that Microsoft has replaced Command Prompt with Powershell. – LPChip Jul 5 '18 at 15:01
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    Voting this as you can still use this in Windows 10, by going to Settings>Taskbar>[Replace Command Prompt with Windows Powershell ..] -- turn this off. – Sid Jul 26 '18 at 5:26
  • Perhaps this is the coolest thing of day. I wish somehow I can bypass run as admin prompt by windows. I have to click on yes every time – Maulik Modi Nov 1 '19 at 4:47

In Windows 10, you can also type cmd in Run window, press Shift + Ctrl + Enter, instead of just pressing just enter. It will ask for permission & cmd will be in Administrator mode.

  • @phuclv Accepted answer is telling to search command prompt in Start menu. My answer is useful in the case where start menu doesn't open. – zackygaurav Sep 8 '18 at 9:22
  • no. In any Windows, not only Windows 10, pressing Win+R, type command > Ctrl+Shift+Enter works. And in Windows 10 it's better to use Win+X > A – phuclv Sep 8 '18 at 9:24
  • @phuclv Dude, instead of telling in comments, add your own answer. – zackygaurav Sep 8 '18 at 9:26
  • no. this should be an answer to the other answer – phuclv Sep 8 '18 at 9:26

a simple answer:

  1. create a shortcut (LNK) to cmd.exe
  2. right-click the shortcut > properties > advanced > [v] run as administratir
  3. move the shortcut to a directory on the PATH

now: Win+R > admin > simply hit ok or enter.

nice to have

  1. UAC auto-click. it's possible, but WAY out of this scope (and a security break), so I'll press manually Alt+y.
  2. system-wide keyboard shortcut that links to this shortcut (or alternative command) directly. I'm using Win+Alt+C

alternative (external) commands

elevate.exe cmd
nircmdc.exe elevatecmd
powershell.exe -command "Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList '/c %CD% && %1 %2 %3 %4 %5' -Verb runas"

(Tested on windows 7)


To run cmd as administrator through Win+R without additional password typing (but UAC warning is still in-place though) just use the following trick:

powershell "Start-Process cmd -Verb RunAs"

If you want to get an access to cmd by clicking a shortcut:

  1. Create a shortcut for cmd (C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe)
  2. Right-click the shortcut > Properties
  3. Find "Target" field on "Shortcut" tab
  4. Replace the target value with C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C powershell "Start-Process cmd -Verb RunAs"

Hope this helps.

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