What is elevated command prompt?
In pre-Vista Windows operating systems(XP, Server 2003, Windows 2000) when administrators open a window, it’s opened with administrator privileges and in such command windows, users can perform all administrator privileged commands. But in Vista and Windows 7, when administrators open a command window, it’s opened with normal user privileges, not with administrator privileges. From this command prompt administrator privileged commands can’t be run even though the logged in user is part of administrators group . To be able to run administrator commands, we need to open the command window with the option of ‘Run as administrator‘. Such a command prompt is called elevated command prompt.
How to open elevated command prompt in Windows 7?
There are two ways to open elevated command window. These are explained below.
Click on the Start button in the taskbar. Type ‘cmd’ in the search box. In the results, you will see ‘cmd’ application. Right click on it, and select the option ‘Run as administrator‘.
User Account Control will prompt ‘Do you want to allow the program to make changes to your computer?’ Click on ‘Yes‘ and elevated administrator command prompt window will be opened.
The alternative way is to search for cmd in the start menu search button as mentioned above. Press Ctrl-Shift and click on the ‘cmd‘ application.
How to open elevated command window in Vista?
The steps are exactly same for Vista. You can open elevated command window using any of the two methods described above.