An elevated command prompt is what you need to make big changes in your Windows 10 installation. It basically is running the Command Prompt window as an administrator.
In other words, with full administrator rights in Windows 10.
Earlier on, it was very easy to open an elevated command prompt window in Windows 10 using the Power Menu — the one you get by pressing the Win + X key combination.
However, Microsoft changed things around in the latest version of the OS, and you only find the Windows PowerShell entries there now. But there still are a whole bunch of easy ways to open Command Prompt as an administrator.
Let’s take a look at a few of them below.
1. Open the Start Menu, and type cmd to open the search box.
2. Right click or press and hold on the Command Prompt entry that shows up, and then click or tap on the Run as administrator option.
You can also open the elevated command prompt from File Explorer.
1. Open File Explorer, and then navigate to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
2. Right click on cmd.exe, and select Run as administrator.
And finally, the easiest way to open an elevate command prompt is directly from the Task Manager.
1. Open Task Manager by pressing the Win + X keys, and selecting it from the Power Menu.
2. Make sure you are in More details mode, the larger one.
3. Click or tap on File in the menu bar here, and then press and hold the CTRL keys on your keyboard and selecting the Run new task entry. This will directly open an elevated command prompt window, with full administrator privileges where you can make any changes you want.