Don’t See Command Prompt Admin In Windex


As a tech enthusiast, I’ve always found the Command Prompt in Windows to be a powerful tool for performing various tasks and troubleshooting issues. However, there are times when even the most seasoned users might encounter a puzzling situation. One such scenario is when the “Run as administrator” option is missing from the right-click context menu in the Windows 10 Start menu or on the desktop.

Now, let’s dive deep into the possible reasons why the “Run as administrator” option might be missing and explore some solutions to bring it back.

1. User Account Control (UAC) Settings

The User Account Control (UAC) is a security feature in Windows that helps prevent unauthorized changes to your computer. It can sometimes interfere with the visibility of the “Run as administrator” option. Here’s how you can check and adjust the UAC settings:

  1. Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.
  2. Click on “User Accounts” and then “User Accounts” again.
  3. Click on “Change User Account Control settings.”
  4. Ensure that the slider is set to a level that allows for administrative privileges. The recommended level is either “Notify me only when apps try to make changes to my computer” or “Always notify.”
  5. Click “OK” to save the changes.

2. Group Policy Settings

Another reason for the missing “Run as administrator” option could be a Group Policy setting that restricts the use of the command prompt. Here’s how you can check and modify the Group Policy settings:

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R on your keyboard.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to “User Configuration” > “Administrative Templates” > “Start Menu and Taskbar.”
  4. Look for the “Remove Run as administrator” policy on the right-hand side. If it’s enabled, double-click on it to modify the settings.
  5. Select “Not Configured” or “Disabled” to allow the “Run as administrator” option.
  6. Click “OK” to save the changes.

3. Registry Editor

If the above methods don’t resolve the issue, you can try making changes to the Windows Registry. However, be cautious when modifying the Registry, as incorrect changes can cause system instability. Here’s how you can proceed:

  1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R on your keyboard.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
  4. Make sure the “shell” key is selected, then look for a key named “runas” on the right-hand side.
  5. If the “runas” key is missing, right-click on the “shell” key and select “New” > “Key”. Name the new key as “runas”.
  6. With the “runas” key selected, double-click on the “(Default)” value and set the value data as @shell32.dll,-32554.
  7. Close the Registry Editor.


Encountering the missing “Run as administrator” option in the Command Prompt can be frustrating, but with a few troubleshooting steps, you can bring it back. Start by checking the User Account Control (UAC) settings and adjusting them if necessary. If that doesn’t work, navigate to the Group Policy settings and ensure that the “Run as administrator” option is not restricted. Finally, if all else fails, make changes to the Windows Registry as a last resort.

Always remember to exercise caution when modifying system settings or the Registry, as any incorrect changes can have unintended consequences. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with these troubleshooting methods, it’s best to consult a professional or seek additional support from Microsoft.