Windows – Start Administrator Command Shell Window


I find myself in a MS Windows Command Shell Window and will like to launch a new command shell window.

Because of what I need to do within the new command shell window, I need it to be an Administrator Command Shell.


Here are some ways to bring that about


  1. Powershell Start Command Shell Process and pass along verb Runas
    • Syntax
      • PowerShell -Command “Start-Process cmd -Verb RunAs”
      • PowerShell -Command “Start-Process -FilePath cmd.exe -Verb RunAs”

Powershell Command Start-Process / Parameter Verb Runas


Syntax – Start Cmd Process

PowerShell -Command "Start-Process cmd -Verb RunAs"

Syntax – Start cmd.exe

powershell -Command "Start-Process -FilePath cmd.exe -Verb RunAs"


Output – Image


  1. When the command shell window is in Administrator mode, the title bar will read “Administrator C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe



You might want to know whether a process is running in elevated mode.


  1. Task Manager


Task Manager

  1. Add columns
    • The “Select Columns” appear
      • Please choose “Elevated


Images – Columns

Images – Task Manager


Processes that are running in the “Administrator Mode”, will have their Elevated Column set to Yes.



  1. Microsoft
    • Docs
      • Docs > PowerShell > Scripting > Reference > Microsoft.PowerShell.Management > Start-Process
  2. Stack Overflow
    • How to open an elevated cmd using command line for Windows?

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