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Almost everything you need to do in Windows PowerShell you can do in a normal window. However, you’ll occasionally have to open PowerShell as an admin to run certain commands that require you to have elevated privileges. Here’s how.

Use Windows Search

You can quickly launch Windows PowerShell as an admin from the Windows Search bar. In the Search bar, type “Windows PowerShell.” Next, right-click the Windows PowerShell app in the search results, and then click “Run as Administrator” in the menu that appears.

Search for Windows PowerShell, right-click the app, and then click Run as Admin.

Windows PowerShell will then launch in admin mode.

Use the Power User Menu

You can also launch Windows PowerShell as an admin from the Windows Power User menu. To access the Power User menu, right-click the Start menu (Windows icon) in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.

The Power User menu will appear. Here, click “Windows PowerShell (Admin).”

Click Windows PowerShell Admin

Windows PowerShell will now launch in admin mode.

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Use the Run Application

You can open Windows PowerShell with administrator privileges from Run. First, press Windows+R to open Run, and then type “powershell” in the text box. Next, press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.

Type powershell in the text box of Run.

Windows PowerShell will open in admin mode.

Switch from PowerShell to PowerShell Admin

If you’re already working in PowerShell but you need to switch over to admin mode, you can do so without closing PowerShell. Just run this command:

start-process powershell -verb runas

Run command in PowerShell to switch to admin mode.


A new instance of PowerShell will open with admin privileges.

That’s all there is to it. If you use Command Prompt more often than you use PowerShell, then you might often find yourself in a similar situation. No worries, though. You can easily open Command Prompt as an admin, too.

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Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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