How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8

by Venkat eswarlu on January 5, 2012

in How to,tips and tricks

There is no conventional Start Menu in Windows 8 like to that of in Windows 7, which shows  programs and files while typing in the the search box, if you want run command as administrator in Windows 8 ,here is how to do that.

cmd prompt opened with admin previlages thumb How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8

Most easiest method is Windows 8: Quickly Open Elevated Command Prompt with Win+X, A Shortcut

Running command Prompt with Admin Privileges in Windows 8

1. Press Win key +F for metro search UI to appear

2. Click on Apps and type cmd in the search box under Search for Apps  and press enter

apps results for cmd thumb How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8

3, cmd appears on the left pane, right-click on it click on Advanced at the bottom and select run as administrator

run as administrator thumb How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8

Command prompt window opens running with admin privileges appears as shown on top in the screenshot.

Update 06/01/2012: Even easier method, follow the instructions below

Open Windows Explorer or My Computer and Open C Drive

Now from File menu select Open Command Prompt>Open Command Prompt as Administrator

open commad as admin from Explorer file menu 300x179 How to Run Cmd as Administrator in Windows 8


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Ives January 14, 2012 at 5:52 am

AWESOME! Thanks :)


Rufina January 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thank you :-)


JB February 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

For some reason, my windows 8 developers preview doesn’t allow a cmd window (it is grayed out). Any hints? I am trying to enable the net framework 3.5.1



richard March 1, 2012 at 5:28 am

JB did you do your updates in windows 8 could be that


sionathan March 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

@JB — you have to select a drive before trying to open a shell session. Click on the C: drive icon and then try it again. ;)


JB March 3, 2012 at 6:34 am

It finally showed up 3minutes later. Dunno why.

Yup, all updated.


Hassan March 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Another easy way for easy shortcut to most commonly used items is win key + x
There you can do a lot, including opening a command prompt as an admin.


Joe March 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm

No you just need to right click in the bottom left of the screen and you will get the admin menu.


Lakes September 23, 2012 at 2:45 am

Thanks, Hassan. I learnt something new.


TATAR January 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

when i right click on start menu to run command prompt,its not running!!!
also,cmd not running in metro when click cmd run as administrator?
when i right click my computer,not running “manage”.
how solving it?


Shantel November 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

you can also go to the bottom left hand side of your start screen and right click….you will see all of your options


Rajendra January 12, 2014 at 10:52 am



nexus February 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm



Ted April 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Thanks :D


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