Open Command Prompt with Administrator Privileges Anywhere

by Eric Geier [Published on 30 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 30 Jan. 2012]

Make a Open Command Window Here with admin privileges option.

You can open a new Command Prompt window directly to a folder location by right-clicking the folder in Windows while holding the Shift key and then selecting Open Command Window Here. But this opens it to user-level privileges. However, you can add a shortcut to the right-click context menu that opens it with administrator privileges.

Open Notepad, insert the following text, and save as AddToOpenAsAdmin.reg:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]
@="Open Command Window Here as Administrator"
"Icon"="C:\\Windows\\System32\\imageres.dll,-78"
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]
@="cmd.exe /s /k pushd \"%V\""

Then to apply, execute the AddToOpenAsAdmin.reg file. Now you’ll see an admin option when right-clicking a folder while holding down Shift.

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