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The Command Prompt is the command line that allows people to enter codes and execute commands. The Command Prompt in Windows 10 provides access to over 280 commands that anyone can run to perform a variety of tasks.

The Command Prompt has been around since the very beginning in Windows, but to confuse things just a little, the earlier versions of Windows such as Windows 95 and Windows 98 referred to these as DOS commands whereas the newer versions of Windows from XP and up refer to them as CMD commands.

Some of the commands that you can execute from the command line can do things that buttons from the user interface can already help you with if you were to navigate to them while other commands do jobs that cannot be done any other way. Thus, you can expect the command line to continue having a role in future versions of the Windows operating systems when they arrive, so it’s never too early to start learning what those 280 commands are just in case you want to one day use them.

An elevated Command Prompt is another way of saying the Command Prompt with admin permissions, otherwise just known as the Admin Command Prompt. A typical user account can use both the admin and the standard Command Prompt, but only some things can be done from the elevated (Admin) Command Prompt, so you might find yourself needing to use that one instead of the usual one at some stage.

There are a bunch of ways to open an elevated Command Prompt window in Windows 10, and thankfully most of them are very quick and easy.

Win+X Quick Links menu

You can press the Windows key + X to open up a menu and from that menu is the admin Command Prompt that you can choose to run. The option of pressing this hotkey combination is available from just about anywhere—from the desktop to having any web browser open. Once you click on the “Command Prompt (Admin)” option, it opens up the command line for you to use immediately.

Run Desktop Application

If you type “Run” into the search field that is in the taskbar and then click on the Run desktop application, you can type “CMD” into the Run application to open a standard Command Prompt window.

Next, what you need to do is right-click on the Command Prompt icon that is available in the taskbar when you have a command line window open and then right-click again over the “Command Prompt” entry to run your current command line window with administrator permissions. You can tell you are using the elevated command line by observing the words in the top corner of the screen that now include “admin” in them.

Search Box

A quicker way of doing a similar method to the one above is by just typing “CMD” into the search field directly from the taskbar and then right-clicking on the Command Prompt desktop application when it becomes available underneath the Best match section. Doing so will immediately open up the elevated Command Prompt.

File Explorer

Another method we recommend using is by clicking on the File Explorer icon from the Start menu and then choosing a file that you want to open.

It doesn’t matter what folder you choose. For the example, I’m going to open the Pictures folder

Once you are inside a folder, click on the “File” menu and then hover the mouse or touchpad over the “Open command prompt” entry and then another menu opens to the right-hand side of it that says “Open command prompt as administrator. ” The elevated command window then opens.


Those were some of the quickest ways for you to open the elevated Command Prompt using a version of the Windows 10 operating system. You’ll find that those are not the only ways to do it, but the one’s chosen are some of the more common options you have that should do you well for just about any task.

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