How To Run Powershell As Admin

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Running PowerShell as an administrator can be a handy skill to have, especially when you need to perform administrative tasks or run commands that require elevated privileges. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of running PowerShell as an administrator, sharing some personal insights and tips along the way.

The Traditional Way

To run PowerShell as an administrator using the traditional method, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “Start” button in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  2. Type “PowerShell” into the search bar.
  3. Right-click on “Windows PowerShell” in the search results.
  4. Select “Run as administrator” from the context menu.

Alternatively, you can press the Windows key + X on your keyboard, and then select “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” from the menu that appears.

Personally, I find this method to be a bit cumbersome, especially if I need to run PowerShell as an administrator frequently. Luckily, there are a couple of quicker ways to achieve the same result.

Using the Run Dialog

One of the quickest ways to run PowerShell as an administrator is by using the Run dialog. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type “powershell” into the text field.
  3. Hold down the Shift key and press Enter.

By holding down the Shift key and pressing Enter, the Run dialog will launch PowerShell as an administrator. This method can be particularly useful when you need to run a specific command quickly and don’t want to go through the hassle of navigating through menus.

Using a Shortcut

Another handy way to run PowerShell as an administrator is by creating a shortcut. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click on an empty area of your desktop or in any folder.
  2. Select “New” and then “Shortcut” from the context menu.
  3. In the location field, enter “powershell.exe -Command Start-Process powershell -Verb RunAs”.
  4. Click “Next” and give your shortcut a name.
  5. Click “Finish” to create the shortcut.

Now, whenever you need to run PowerShell as an administrator, simply double-click on the shortcut you created. This method can save you valuable time, especially if you frequently need to perform administrative tasks or run commands with elevated privileges.

Conclusion

Running PowerShell as an administrator doesn’t have to be a hassle. By following the methods outlined in this article, you can quickly launch PowerShell with elevated privileges and save yourself valuable time. Whether you prefer the traditional method, using the Run dialog, or creating a shortcut, the choice is yours. So go ahead and take your PowerShell game to the next level!