Command Prompt/Elevated

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The Command Prompt is the command line interface (CLI) provided with Microsoft operating systems. This activity will show you how to open an elevated/administrator command prompt.

Note: To complete this activity, you must have an administrative user account or know the username and password of an administrator account you can enter when prompted.

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Preparation[edit]

To prepare for these activities:

  1. Start Windows.
  2. Log in if necessary.

Activity 1 - Open a Command Prompt[edit]

Two different methods for opening a command prompt are available. These include the Start menu and the Run command box.

Method 1 - Start Menu[edit]

To access a command prompt using the Start menu:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Select All Programs.
  3. Select Accessories.
  4. Right-click on Command Prompt.
  5. Select Run as administrator.
  6. If you see a User Account Control dialog box asking if you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer, select Yes.
  7. If prompted for a username and password, enter an administrative username and password to continue.
  8. Observe that the title bar of the command prompt is "Administrator: Command Prompt", indicating that it is running with elevated privileges.

Method 2 - Run Command[edit]

To access a command prompt using the Run command box:

  1. Open the Start menu or press the Windows key + R.
  2. Type cmd or cmd.exe in the Run command box.
  3. Right-click on cmd.exe.
  4. Select Run as administrator.
  5. If you see a User Account Control dialog box asking if you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer, select Yes.
  6. If prompted for a username and password, enter an administrative username and password to continue.
  7. Observe that the title bar of the command prompt is "Administrator: Command Prompt", indicating that it is running with elevated privileges.

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