How to Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8.1

December 2016

If you have been brought to use the Command Prompt of Windows, then you already know that some commands must be executed with administrative rights. The Command Prompt gives you access to useful information about your system (IP address, MAC address,...) but also allows you to tweak Windows settings. This article describe three simple methods to open an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8.1.

From the StartScreen

Open the Search Charms and type Command Prompt. When you right click on the Command Prompt icon a small menu is displayed. Simply click on the Run As Administrator option:

From the Desktop

Press the Windows key + X to display the Power User Menu of Windows 8.1. Click on Command Prompt (Admin):

Create a desktop shortcut to open the command prompt as administrator

You can also create a desktop shortcut to open an elevated command prompt. Right-click on an empty area of your screen and select New > Shortcut. Enter C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe in the Type the location of the item field:


Click on Next and give a name to the shortcut. The final step involves editing the properties of the created shortcut. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties. Select the Shortcut tab and click on the Advanced button:


In the dialogue box that opens, tick the Run as administrator checkbox and click on OK:


Thats it!

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