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Run a Command as Administrator from the Windows Run Box (Any Version)

If you are a command line junkie like me, and have been testing out Windows… one of the first things you’ll notice is that there is no way to run a command from the run box in “Administrator” mode. Until now.

This works in Windows 10, 8, 7, or Vista, but it works a little differently in each.

Running a Command as Administrator in Windows Vista, 7, or 10

To try this out, go to the run box and type in something (cmd, for example)

If you’re using Windows 10, it’ll look a little different, but it’ll be the same thing:


Now instead of hitting the Enter key, use Ctrl+Shift + Enter. You will be prompted with the obnoxious User Account Control dialog… but it will then open up a command prompt in Administrator mode.

Hint: You can use Alt + C to quickly close the User Account Control dialog in Vista, or Alt+Y in Windows 7, 8, or 10.

Running a Command as Administrator in Windows 8

Windows 8 is annoying.

You can’t use either of the methods listed above in Windows 8, instead you’ll have to either just open a command prompt in administrator mode and run the commands from there (the smartest idea) or you can type the command into the search on the Start Screen, and then right-click to get the menu to allow you to run as administrator.


But seriously, Windows 8 is really annoying.

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  • Published 01/7/15

Comments (92)

  1. Mr Linux

    Nice, I should start actually reading these tips. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled for something I’ve needed in a hurry and ended up here…

  2. The Geek

    If you check out the Start++ add-on utility you can actually type ‘sudo cmd’ into the search box…

  3. Andy

    You do have a “Run” option on the “Start” menu. Right click the Start button and select properties. Click on the “Start menu” tab and select “customize”. Scroll down the list and make sure “run command” is checked.

  4. amk

    ctrl+shift+enter do not seem to work, i still get “elevation complaints” in vista home premium @ command level. please can you recommend how can i make the system run as an administrator even though i am logged in as the adminisitor without having to switch UAC on/off and rebooting.

  5. allsmiles

    Thank you Andy for helping me to get the RUN back on the Start Menu

  6. geno

    The other day I found out my daughter had made her self the administrator. I was a little hot and before I made myself the administrator I changed her to limited and when I did this now no one on my pc is the administrator and I can not do a lot of things because I am not the administrator as far as the computer is concern. What must I do if there is a way to make everything right again. Do I call the Geek Squad?????????????????Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jesse

    ctrl + shift + enter does not work why? The annoying box doesn’t come up when i do the ctrl + shift + enter, and when I try and run an elevated command it doesn’t work.

  8. nvaeen

    u might have typed juz “cmd” try typin “cmd.exe”

  9. Joel

    Actually, it doesn’t seem to work from the real “Run” dialog, just from the “Search” dialog. The Search dialog is what’s in the Start menu and what is shown in the picture above, the Run dialog is what comes up if you select the run option or if you hit WindowsKey+R

  10. whs

    Maybe there is something I don’t get. But the above picture shows the Search box in Start and not the RUN box. It is anyhow much easier to run from the Start Search box because then the program shows up in the left pane and you can run it as Admin from there.

  11. Erwin Moller

    I found it: You need to avoid ‘classic’ menu for this to work.
    If you switch to Vista startmenu (yuk) it works with ctrl-shift-enter.

  12. user

    This does not work. I type cmd into the search box, hit ctrl+shift+enter, and am given an advanced search box. I’m mostly ok with Vista but I’m sick of not being in control of my own machine. Is there another way to do this? I also don’t have the Command icon listed under Programs>>Accessories. I’m using the regular Vista Start Menu, not Classic.

  13. John Nawrocki

    I have Vista and, after clicking the start ball and entering cmd in the search box the dos window opens. Is there something different about my install?

  14. Ari

    I got new pc with windows vista premium and trying to find Run command by reading Andy’s guidance I found it.

    Thank you to Andy and Forum

  15. Aaron

    hay all i want to do the old dxdiag.txt file that i did for windows xp but it wont work with vista is there any way of doing that same thing with vista??

  16. ahaitch

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Andy!!!
    I had pondered for a month on how to get the run command on my new Vista laptop. Now I can sleep at night.

  17. Azees

    Some Useful Windows Run Commands

    ADDUSERS Add or list users to/from a CSV file

    ARP Address Resolution Protocol

    ASSOC Change file extension associations

    ASSOCIAT One step file association

    AT Schedule a command to run at a later time

    ATTRIB Change file attributes

    BOOTCFG Edit Windows boot settings

    BROWSTAT Get domain, browser and PDC info

    CACLS Change file permissions

    CALL Call one batch program from another

    CD Change Directory – move to a specific Folder

    CHANGE Change Terminal Server Session properties

    CHKDSK Check Disk – check and repair disk problems

    CHKNTFS Check the NTFS file system

    CHOICE Accept keyboard input to a batch file

    CIPHER Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders

    CleanMgr Automated cleanup of Temp files, recycle bin

    CLEARMEM Clear memory leaks
    CLIP Copy STDIN to the Windows clipboard.

    CLS Clear the screen
    CLUSTER Windows Clustering
    CMD Start a new CMD shell

    COLOR Change colors of the CMD window

    COMP Compare the contents of two files or sets of files

    COMPACT Compress files or folders on an NTFS partition
    COMPRESS Compress individual files on an NTFS partition
    CON2PRT Connect or disconnect a Printer

    CONVERT Convert a FAT drive to NTFS.
    COPY Copy one or more files to another location

    CSCcmd Client-side caching (Offline Files)

    CSVDE Import or Export Active Directory data

    DATE Display or set the date

    Dcomcnfg DCOM Configuration Utility
    DEFRAG Defragment hard drive

    DEL Delete one or more files

    DELPROF Delete NT user profiles

    DELTREE Delete a folder and all subfolders

    DevCon Device Manager Command Line Utility

    DIR Display a list of files and folders

    DIRUSE Display disk usage

    DISKCOMP Compare the contents of two floppy disks

    DISKCOPY Copy the contents of one floppy disk to another

    DNSSTAT DNS Statistics
    DOSKEY Edit command line, recall commands, and create macros

    DSADD Add user (computer, group..) to active directory
    DSQUERY List items in active directory
    DSMOD Modify user (computer, group..) in active directory

    ECHO Display message on screen

    ENDLOCAL End localisation of environment changes in a batch file

    ERASE Delete one or more files

    EXIT Quit the CMD shell

    EXPAND Uncompress files

    EXTRACT Uncompress CAB files

    FC Compare two files

    FDISK Disk Format and partition

    FIND Search for a text string in a file

    FINDSTR Search for strings in files

    FOR /F Loop command: against a set of files

    FOR /F Loop command: against the results of another command

    FOR Loop command: all options Files, Directory, List

    FORFILES Batch process multiple files

    FORMAT Format a disk

    FREEDISK Check free disk space (in bytes)
    FSUTIL File and Volume utilities

    FTP File Transfer Protocol

    FTYPE Display or modify file types used in file extension associations

    GLOBAL Display membership of global groups

    GOTO Direct a batch program to jump to a labelled line

    HELP Online Help

    HFNETCHK Network Security Hotfix Checker

    IF Conditionally perform a command

    IFMEMBER Is the current user in an NT Workgroup

    IPCONFIG Configure IP

    KILL Remove a program from memory

    LABEL Edit a disk label

    LOCAL Display membership of local groups

    LOGEVENT Write text to the NT event viewer.

    LOGOFF Log a user off

    LOGTIME Log the date and time in a file

    MAPISEND Send email from the command line

    MEM Display memory usage

    MD Create new folders

    MKLINK Create a symbolic link (linkd)

    MODE Configure a system device

    MORE Display output, one screen at a time

    MOUNTVOL Manage a volume mount point

    MOVE Move files from one folder to another

    MOVEUSER Move a user from one domain to another

    MSG Send a message

    MSIEXEC Microsoft Windows Installer

    MSINFO Windows NT diagnostics

    MSTSC Terminal Server Connection (Remote Desktop Protocol)

    MUNGE Find and Replace text within file(s)

    NETDOM Domain Manager

    NETSH Configure network protocols

    NETSVC Command-line Service Controller

    NBTSTAT Display networking statistics (NetBIOS over TCP/IP)

    NETSTAT Display networking statistics (TCP/IP)

    NOW Display the current Date and Time

    NSLOOKUP Name server lookup

    NTBACKUP Backup folders to tape

    NTRIGHTS Edit user account rights

    PATH Display or set a search path for executable files

    PATHPING Trace route plus network latency and packet loss

    PAUSE Suspend processing of a batch file and display a message

    PERMS Show permissions for a user

    PERFMON Performance Monitor

    PING Test a network connection

    POPD Restore the previous value of the current directory saved by PUSHD
    PORTQRY Display the status of ports and services

    PRINT Print a text file

    PRNCNFG Display, configure or rename a printer

    PRNMNGR Add, delete, list printers set the default printer

    PROMPT Change the command prompt

    PsExec Execute process remotely

    PsFile Show files opened remotely

    PsGetSid Display the SID of a computer or a user

    PsInfo List information about a system

    PsKill Kill processes by name or process ID

    PsList List detailed information about processes

    PsLoggedOn Who’s logged on (locally or via resource sharing)

    PsLogList Event log records

    PsPasswd Change account password

    PsService View and control services

    PsShutdown Shutdown or reboot a computer

    PsSuspend Suspend processes

    PUSHD Save and then change the current directory

    QGREP Search file(s) for lines that match a given pattern.

    RASDIAL Manage RAS connections

    RASPHONE Manage RAS connections

    RECOVER Recover a damaged file from a defective disk.

    REG Registry: Read, Set, Export, Delete keys and values

    REGEDIT Import or export registry settings

    REGSVR32 Register or unregister a DLL

    REGINI Change Registry Permissions

    REM Record comments (remarks) in a batch file

    REN Rename a file or files.

    REPLACE Replace or update one file with another

    RD Delete folder(s)

    RDISK Create a Recovery Disk

    RMTSHARE Share a folder or a printer

    ROBOCOPY Robust File and Folder Copy

    ROUTE Manipulate network routing tables

    RUNAS Execute a program under a different user account

    RUNDLL32 Run a DLL command (add/remove print connections)

    SC Service Control

    SCHTASKS Create or Edit Scheduled Tasks

    SCLIST Display NT Services

    ScriptIt Control GUI applications

    SET Display, set, or remove environment variables

    SETLOCAL Control the visibility of environment variables

    SETX Set environment variables permanently

    SHARE List or edit a file share or print share

    SHIFT Shift the position of replaceable parameters in a batch file

    SHORTCUT Create a windows shortcut (.LNK file)

    SHOWGRPS List the NT Workgroups a user has joined

    SHOWMBRS List the Users who are members of a Workgroup

    SHUTDOWN Shutdown the computer

    SLEEP Wait for x seconds

    SOON Schedule a command to run in the near future

    SORT Sort input

    START Start a separate window to run a specified program or command
    SU Switch User

    SUBINACL Edit file and folder Permissions, Ownership and Domain

    SUBST Associate a path with a drive letter

    SYSTEMINFO List system configuration

    TASKLIST List running applications and services

    TIME Display or set the system time

    TIMEOUT Delay processing of a batch file

    TITLE Set the window title for a CMD.EXE session

    TOUCH Change file timestamps

    TRACERT Trace route to a remote host

    TREE Graphical display of folder structure
    TYPE Display the contents of a text file

    USRSTAT List domain usernames and last login
    VER Display version information

    VERIFY Verify that files have been saved

    VOL Display a disk label

    WHERE Locate and display files in a directory tree

    WHOAMI Output the current UserName and domain

    WINDIFF Compare the contents of two files or sets of files

    WINMSD Windows system diagnostics

    WINMSDP Windows system diagnostics II
    WMIC WMI Commands

    XCACLS Change file permissions

    XCOPY Copy files and folders

    Useful Run Commands for Windows

    To Access Run Command
    Accessibility Controls access.cpl
    Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
    Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
    Administrative Tools control admintools
    Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
    Bluetooth Transfer Wizard fsquirt
    Calculator calc
    Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
    Character Map charmap
    Check Disk Utility chkdsk
    Clipboard Viewer clipbrd
    Command Prompt cmd
    Component Services dcomcnfg
    Computer Management compmgmt.msc
    Date and Time Properties timedate.cpl
    DDE Shares ddeshare
    Device Manager devmgmt.msc
    Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* directx.cpl
    Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
    Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
    Disk Defragment dfrg.msc
    Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
    Disk Partition Manager diskpart
    Display Properties control desktop
    Display Properties desk.cpl
    Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) control color
    Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility drwtsn32
    Driver Verifier Utility verifier
    Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
    File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
    Findfast findfast.cpl
    Folders Properties control folders
    Fonts control fonts
    Fonts Folder fonts
    Free Cell Card Game freecell
    Game Controllers joy.cpl
    Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) gpedit.msc
    Hearts Card Game mshearts
    Iexpress Wizard iexpress
    Indexing Service ciadv.msc
    Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
    IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) ipconfig /all
    IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /displaydns
    IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /flushdns
    IP Configuration (Release All Connections) ipconfig /release
    IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) ipconfig /renew
    IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) ipconfig /registerdns
    IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /showclassid
    IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /setclassid
    Java Control Panel (If Installed) jpicpl32.cpl
    Java Control Panel (If Installed) javaws
    Keyboard Properties control keyboard
    Local Security Settings secpol.msc
    Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
    Logs You Out Of Windows logoff
    Microsoft Chat
    Minesweeper Game winmine
    Mouse Properties control mouse
    Mouse Properties main.cpl
    Network Connections control netconnections
    Network Connections ncpa.cpl
    Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
    Notepad notepad
    Nview Desktop Manager(If Installed) nvtuicpl.cpl
    Object Packager packager
    ODBC Data Source Administrator odbccp32.cpl
    On Screen Keyboard osk
    Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed) ac3filter.cpl
    Password Properties password.cpl
    Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
    Performance Monitor perfmon
    Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
    Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
    Printers and Faxes control printers
    Printers Folder printers
    Private Character Editor eudcedit
    Quicktime (If Installed) QuickTime.cpl
    Regional Settings intl.cpl
    Registry Editor regedit
    Registry Editor regedit32
    Remote Desktop mstsc
    Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
    Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
    Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) rsop.msc
    Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
    Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
    Security Center wscui.cpl
    Services services.msc
    Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
    Shuts Down Windows shutdown
    Sounds and Audio mmsys.cpl
    Spider Solitare Card Game spider
    SQL Client Configuration cliconfg
    System Configuration Editor sysedit
    System Configuration Utility msconfig
    System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow
    System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) sfc /scanonce
    System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot
    System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) sfc /revert
    System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache
    System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x
    System Properties sysdm.cpl
    Task Manager taskmgr
    Telnet Client telnet
    User Account Management nusrmgr.cpl
    Utility Manager utilman
    Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
    Windows Magnifier magnify
    Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
    Windows System Security Tool syskey
    Windows Update Launches wupdmgr
    Windows XP Tour Wizard tourstart
    Wordpad write

    ciadv.msc – indexing service
    compmgmt.msc – Computer management
    devmgmt.msc – Device manager
    dfrg.msc – Disk defragment
    diskmgmt.msc – Disk management
    eventvwr.msc – Event viewer
    fsmgmt.msc – Shared folders
    gpedit.msc – Group policies
    lusrmgr.msc – Local users and groups
    ntmsmgr.msc – removable storage operator request
    perfmon.msc – Performance monitor
    rsop.msc – Resultant set of policies
    secpol.msc – Local security settings
    services.msc – Various Services
    secpol.msc – local security settings
    certmgr.msc – certificate manager
    wmimgmt.msc – windows management infrastructure
    cpl commands
    ac3filter.cpl – ac3 filter(if installed)
    access.cpl – accessibility option control
    appwiz.cpl – Add/Remove Programs control
    desk.cpl – Display Properties control
    directx.cpl – direct x control panel(if installed)
    findfast.cpl – FindFast control
    firewall.cpl – windows firewall
    hdwwiz.cpl – add hardware wizard
    inetcpl.cpl – Internet Properties control
    intl.cpl – regional and language options
    joy.cpl – game controlloers control
    jpicpl32.cpl – java control panel(if installed)
    main.cpl – Mouse Properties control
    mmsys.cpl – Multimedia Properties control
    ncpa.cpl – network control
    netsetup.cpl – network setup wizard
    nusrmgr.cpl- user accounts control
    odbccp32.cpl -odbc data souce adminstrator
    password.cpl – Password Properties control
    powercfg.cpl – power options properties control
    joy.cpl – game controlloers control
    sysdm.cpl- System Properties control
    sticpl.cpl -scanner and camera control
    tlephon.cpl -telephone and moden options
    timedate.cpl – Date/Time Properties control
    waaucpl.cpl – automatic updates
    wscui.cpl – security center
    control admintools – Amdinistrative tools
    control color – display properties(appearence)
    control desktop – desktop properties
    control folders – folder properties
    control fonts – fonts properties
    control keyboard – keyboard properties
    control netconnections – network connections
    control mouse – mouse properties
    control printers – printer and fax options
    control schedtasks -schedualed tasks
    dxdiag – direct x trounbleshooter
    ddeshare – dde share
    cliconfg – sql client configaration
    cmd -command prompt
    dcomcnfg – component services
    clipbrd – clipboard
    chkdsk – check disk utility
    fsquirt – bluetooth transfer wizard
    folders – folders properties
    font – fonts folder
    freecell – freecell
    calc – caculator
    charmap – carater graph
    cleanmgr – too long to explain but useful
    command – Opens command prompt
    diskpart – disk partition manager
    explorer – Explorer
    iexpress -iexpress wizard
    javaws – java control panel(in installed)
    logoff – logs you out of windows
    magnity – windows magnifier
    msconfig – System Configuration Utility
    msinfo32 _ System Infomation
    msimn= letterbox
    mailto: _ Opens default email client
    notepad= notepad
    osk= keyboard
    packager – object packager
    perfmon – performance minitor
    prefetch – the thing windows prepairs
    regedit – Registry Editor
    regedit32 –
    sfc – system file checker utility
    taskmgr – task manager
    telnet – telnet client
    wab= windows address book
    wabmig= windows address book (adding something)
    win.ini _ windows loading information(also system.ini)
    winver _ Shows current version of windows
    winchat – microsoft chat
    sysedit – System Edit
    tourstart= tour pub when xp is installed
    drwtsn32 – dr. watson troubleshooting utility
    verifier -driver verifier utility
    sigverif – file signature verification tool
    write – wordpad
    utelman – utility manager
    I suppose one should write the last one:
    control userpassword2 – user accounts.

  18. rom

    In order to run cmd.exe as a administrator do following:

    right click on command prompt icon and click on Run as administrator

    hope it helps

  19. rhodes autry

    lots of helpful info here, but i still can’t find the way to start task manager from run line command…great website tho…very helpful

  20. rhodes autry

    i forgot to click followup comments on the task manager run line thing

  21. kyladybug

    to get to run command in vista, click on the windows icon on keyboard + R, it will open. lol

  22. Pete

    ctrl+shift+Enter does not elevate the process when I start it in the run box; however, it does elevate the process when I type cmd in the ‘Start Search’ box on the start menu and then use ctrl+shift+Enter (as in the picture at the top of this article).

  23. Triniti

    the file secpol.msc is not included in the home versions of vista

  24. pat

    if i’m trying to write a .bat that executes cmd in admin mode how would i go about doing that? anyone know?

  25. Patricia

    Thank you! this had been driving me crazy! you saved the day.

  26. Steinhausler

    Running the cmd.exe in the Vista view works – thanks for the advice. Do not run in Classic view!

  27. edwin

    typing cmd on the start search and then doing Shift+Ctrl+Enter worked for me Thank you

  28. Ryan

    I was getting a search window upon hitting ctrl-shift-enter (or upon hitting enter), here’s how I fixed it:

    Right click on the Start menu, select “Properties”
    Select the “Start Menu” tab if not already selected.
    Assuming the “Start Menu” radio button is already selected, click “Customize…”
    Scroll down to “Search Programs” and select the check box.
    Click “OK”
    Click “OK”

    Now, upon entering “cmd” in the start search field, the cmd program and icon show up at the top of the window and ctrl-shift-enter works for running it with elevated privileges.

  29. Sara

    RON —- THANK YOU SOOO MUCH! The ctrl+shift+enter wasn’t working, but right clicking on the command prompt did… (duh!)

    Thanks again!

  30. Arne


    Go to c:\windows\system32
    right click cmd.exe and Run As Administrator

  31. Mykal

    I needed to enable hybrid sleep (powercfg -h on) at a cmd prompt. Tried it and wouldn’t give me permission without running the cmd as the admin. Ctrl + shift + enter worked very well. Thanks so much!

  32. asd

    OR you can just type
    Win + r
    to bring up the Run dialog (I mean the windows button on the keyboard, right next to ctrl)

  33. Max

    I tried that, with run and search box, but it opens a regular cmd, you can’t do anything special there.And if it’s Administrator cmd, it should say that at the top, but it doesn’t.Any help?????

  34. iMommy

    Great little how-to/tips — thanks! I was having trouble getting the damn command prompt window to stay open in Vista, but that totally fixes the problem, and it’s super simple.

  35. Dalek_Supreme


    For the love of God do NOT call Geek Squad (bad experience. Held hostage my computer for two weeks before deciding they couldn’t do anything and sent it to HP.)

    If you have the “Buisness”, “Ultimate” or “Enterprise” versions of Vista, you can fix that via the Management Console.

    1. Run “mmc” with elevated rights (as shown in this article :) ) ;
    2. Once the Management Console appears, press Ctrl+M ;
    3. A window should appear. Find the “Local Users and Groups” snap-in in the left column, and press the “Add >” button, select “Local Computer” then press Enter twice ;
    4. The Local Users and Groups snap-in should appear. Expand it, go to the “Users” folder, and double click the account you want to set as Administrator (or want to take off Administrator rights…)
    5. Go to the “Member Of” tab, and remove “Administrator” if you want to (but make sure your daughter is still member of the Users group), and add yourself as Administrator (Select “Add…”. In the dialog box that appears, type Administrator, and click “Check Names”. If what you typed shows as “COMPUTERNAME/Administrator” then select OK. If not, check for typos…)

    If you have Home Basic or Home Premium, beats me. You will need to use the NETUSER command, which I don’t know how to use…

  36. reshma

    Dalek_Supreme, your solution did not work for me. At step 3, when I press Enter twice, it takes me back to the same screen (where I select Local computer). The snap-in does appear (guessing by snap-in you mean in the list of ‘Selected Snap-ins’. There was nothing to expand and no ‘Users’ folder. Am I missing something? Please help.

  37. Anon

    This approach works for me:

    Enter your command in the search box (not run dialog). You will now have to options. Either ctrl+shift+enter, or right click on the search results above and choose “Run as administrator”

  38. Frank

    Hey guys i am trying to DL a game but it says i need administrator permisson, i am the admisnistrator why does it still ask me?

  39. crazzzzy

    to get the command prompt just press “start+r” then type in cmd or command . thats it !! and ya this will open the command prompt as a normal user not as an admin. to get it opened as admin. goto start->accessories and right click on the cmd icon and click on run as admin.


    my environment vairiables don’t work at all i can’t install any new apps the plug ins don’t work i can’t fix it

  41. adam

    thanks geek! i’ve been searching for quick answers since i started using vista and your site has saved me 3 times in one week!

  42. Ricart

    Thanks a lot Geek!!!!!! The BEST information I had after trying for hours to run an unitentified program on Vista!

  43. Target

    With all due respect this article should be re-written or removed.There are much easier and more permanent ways to achieve this,

    Regular command prompt users should create a shortcut to cmd.exe, right click the shortcut, properties, shortcut tab, advanced, tick run as administrator.

    or you can right click any shortcut or .exe and Run as Administrator.

  44. Vítor

    i was trying the faster method
    WINDOWS + R and then CMD in run box
    my question if theres no subcommand to make it run as admin

    like typing ” cmd +something ” in the run box

  45. Chris

    Hi, all. I am using Windows Vista Premium, and I have a few limited user accounts from which the Run as Administrator option will not work. I’ve tried to run it a few different ways but nothing happens. I even activated the built-in Windows administrator account but that didn’t help. (Right now, there are two admin accounts.) Anyway, I’ve tried ctrl-shift-enter, right clicking and selecting “Run as Admin”, and navigating the program’s directory and right clicking there. Any ideas how I can fix this? Many thanks, and great forum!

  46. Tom

    Check that you logged in with administrator privileges, disable UAC.

    NOTE – when you change your User Account Control (UAC), make sure you reboot your computer. Disabling the UAC will NOT take hold until a reboot.

    Well explained by Chris Sanders:
    “Occasionally, I run into Error 0x80004005 when registering these files. This error sounds highly complicated, but what it all boils down to is a rights issue. This error basically means that you don’t have the permissions to register the file you are trying to register.

    This usually brings about the questions, “Wait! I’m logged in as an administrator?!”

    Under previous versions of Windows, being logged in as an administrator is enough, but in Windows Vista there is a little thing called User Account Control (UAC) that prevents programs from running administrative tasks without first specifying that they are running as the administrator. This applies for the command prompt the same as it does for any other program. This being the case, right-click on the command prompt icon, and select “Run as Administrator”, and then try to register your DLL. This is a mistake that is usually frustrating enough that, once you figure it out, you won’t make too often.”

  47. Joey

    sry, this is usfull but for some reason its the same cmd, its not in admin mode :(

  48. ehsan

    Thank you very much .

  49. Aravind G

    I installed Windows Vista in my PC. Earlier i have XP professional (sp3) edition, Its working fine . When i run one .exe file in windows vista. It throws error (Error : This application is not open in Full screen mode).The Dialog box shows Close or ignore. It ll close which ever button i clicked. I think i can get some good solution from this blog..

    Thanks and Regards
    Aravind G

  50. simone


  51. nub123

    thank you

  52. nub123

    now i can’t press alt+y on window 7 why is that

  53. nub123

    u cannot do this unless admin is logged on and changed swiched user

  54. Xpanni

    for those having probs in win7, with runas….

    goto any admin acct, run gpedit.msc

    in the group policy editor, Goto Computer Configuration>Windows Settings>Security Settings>Security Options

    set the property “user account control:behaviour of elevation prompt….” to “Prompt for Credentials”

  55. ANSHU

    could anyone tell me how to make at telnet connection in window 7.tahe telnet command is not working in it.i like all the commands given by u for windows.
    i would be thankful to u

  56. pickyien

    Hi there. I am using Window 7 Home Basic. Recently, the window starting is slower than usual. It took few minutes to start the window. I scan the whole computer and no virus detected. Could you give some advices?

  57. Nick

    Hey Anshu I might be able to help, if you are using windows 7 or vista then telent is not a default program, to open it go “Start” “Control Pannel” “Programs” “Turn windows features on or off” and then obviously select telent, hope I helped



  58. beerbelly

    Works for me on Windows 7. So happy!
    As others above have pointed out, here are the simple steps:

    1) Pushed Windows key
    2) Typed “cmd.exe” in search box
    3) Afterwards hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER

    Using the RUN box does not work for me.

  59. UndertakerSE

    OK. Here’s a tricky question.
    in Windows 7, I have say X: linked to \\server\share
    I start CMD as my self (that is NOT as run as admin) and I type X: and I get to X:.
    However, if I use START – CMD – ctrl-shift-enter it enters the Administrator: C:\windows\system32\cmd.exe mode. typing X: now says
    The system cannot find the drive specified.”
    I always felt that the Run as Administrator, actually ment ran as myself but with Higher privelages, not run in limited DOS window. Also, the “Administrator” account is actually disabled on my computer.
    This seems to be the cause that the line
    “If exist X: (Echo Yes) Else (echo No)” answers with “No” when CMD is run as administrator even if X: does actually exist, and the command actually answers Yes when CMD is NOT run as administrator.
    Can someone explain this one for us? It feels as though it runs CMD as “THE ADMINISTRATOR” and not as ME with increased admnistrators rights despite the fact that the “Administartor” account is disabled! does “run as administrator” work something like c:\> RUNAS /Noprofile CMD.exe?? if so, how can I change “run as administrator” so I get all of my current variables and Share DeviceNames (x:)??
    Don’t suppose someone could explain this one to me?

  60. UndertakerSE

    Never mind, it seems to have solved itself because today it all works as it should! Hate no knowing WHY is all….

  61. LanHuynh

    Thax!!! This is very helpful :)

  62. Chronicles

    Try this…

    runas /user:”Your Domain Name”\”Your AD Admin Account” cmd.exe

    This will bring up a new DOS Window. However, it is running with full Admin priv

  63. Dino

    What if I’m in DOS mode already and I wanted to type a command as an administrator. I’m asking this because I don’t have access to the RUN box and I can only access DOS on startup. I hope somebody can answer my question.


  64. Marketing Grrl

    You rock! The info worked perfectly!

  65. aaron

    all u guys suck im seerious wtf is c:\windows\system32 have anything to do with this just show me the real steps i have a school computer not a real computer i need to run as administrator on school computer dumbjacks

  66. Desco

    Hey, this is just what I was looking for! Thanks!

    @Azees: Could you POSSIBLY be any more of a show-off? How about getting your own website for people who want to read an endless list of commands. =P

    @aaron: AHAHAHA. Go to your public library, pick up a copy of “Windows X for Dummies”, X being the OS on your “unreal” school computer. That should answer all of your questions. And you sir, are the dumbjack. =)

  67. Desco

    @Myself: sudo apt-get a life

    Saved you all some trouble and flamed myself. ^_^

  68. required

    If you’re having trouble with this, switch to Vista’s default start menu and use the search bar to input cmd followed by ctrl+shift+enter. “Run” from the classic menu doesn’t apply to this shortcut. If you prefer the classic menu create a shortcut to C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe in a convenient place and right click it for a run as admin option.

  69. ez

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

    I ended up adding a new text file to my desktop, typed the line “cmd” into it (without the quotes) and renamed it to have a .bat extention.
    Now I just right click the file on my desktop and say ‘run as administrator”
    Seems to do the trick for me.
    Could probably add a ‘CD C:\’ line so the prompt starts there rather than in the ..Windows\System32\ directory.

  70. I love Windows

    Thanks for the tip! While making computer experts out of us Microsoft will turn us all into ex-Windows users. Switching to Linux soon.

  71. Hamid

    cool man,
    just what i needed.

  72. hrtz

    works like magic

  73. Mayur

    Go to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command prompt (Right click) -> Run as Administrator…..

    Enjoy….. ;-p

  74. Fariz Darari

    Wow, you just saved my life!

  75. Krem

    This is not the first advice I take from this guy. They are usually f****** useful, I spare lots of time by reading them.

  76. Theinaung

    how to run as admin from notepad?

  77. Vlad

    What if I’m in command mode already and I wanted to run another program as an administrator. I’m asking this because I don’t have access to the brouser at all. I hope somebody can answer my question.


  78. mario

    what if my screen is black and all I can do is to start task menager. how do i run as admin? ctrl+shift+enter wont work

  79. Rohan

    worked aftr i ctrl+shift+entered through search! and not when i enabled “run” in start menu!

  80. John

    how can you tell which programs on your machine are currently running in administrator mode?

  81. Akhilesh Aditya

    My pen drive is ful of my programme but it is not show my programme. What can i do?

  82. Max

    how to run CMD as admin if ur not an admin?

  83. ben

    hey all i just an emachine computer but i cant connect it to the internet,ive been trying to connect to the internet for a while now and i still cant connect any help?

  84. Rick Preston

    The CTL+Shift+Enter did not set my cmd utility to administrator. Instead I right mouse clicked the cmd command and it asked me to set the cmd to various options. I selected “run as administrator” and it worked fine.

  85. sasvhtf


  86. fahmi

    really works thanks!!i need it to extend my win 7 activation day.

  87. Andrew

    Hey guys i need a lot of help. ever since i took my laptop to college with me, this problem has started, at school to access the wireless, i had to use a proxy switcher, now ever since then trying to use my laptop, none of my internet programmes work, e.g. chrome, itunes, msn, i looked on a website and it directed me to command prompt and everytime i try to put the following in ‘netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled’ it says need to run as admin….help….

  88. Simon Tewbi

    @rhodes autry: Ctrl+Shift+Esc will bring up the Task Manager.

  89. Karolinger


    Do anybody knows how to execute an application from “Run” (not through CMD.EXE) with elevated rights?

    I ask because if you turn off UAC, all applications will run with administrative privileges when executed from “Run”. Also, you can’t run some applications via the Command Line. (e.g. Firefox)

  90. Siuli


    The lil write up is simply superb. I tried with the Windows 7 . Ctrl +Shift + Enter did the wonder :)

    Thanks to you.

  91. amp

    “the filename directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect” this come up when i try 2 run as admin what to do ?

  92. Matty

    Thanks The Geek :)

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