How to Create a Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut in Vista
Some commands that you can run using Command Prompt might require elevated or administrative privileges. This will show you how to create a Elevated Command Prompt shortcut so you do not have to always do this by right clicking on the default Command Prompt shortcut and click Run as administrator.
EXAMPLE: The Default Command Prompt and the Elevated Command Prompt
After you click on the new Elevated Command Prompt shortcut, you will be prompted by UAC to click Continue before it opens.
NOTE: Notice how the elevated command prompt opens to the C:\Windows\System32 location instead of just the current users C:\Users\(User Name) location.
Using a REG File Download
Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Click on Save
and save it to the Desktop
Right click on the downloaded .zip
file and click on Open
Click on Allow
in the UAC prompt. 5.
Extract (drag and drop) the Elevated Command Prompt
shortcut to the desktop. 6.
Move the shortcut where you like for easy use. 7.
When done, you can delete the downloaded .zip
file if you like.
To Manually Create the Shortcut
Open a Windows Explorer window and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
. (See screenshot below step 3) 2.
Right click on cmd.exe
(cmd) and click on Send To
and Desktop (create shortcut)
Close the Windows Explorer window. 4.
Right click on the new cmd.exe shortcut
on the desktop and click on Rename
Type in Elevated Command Prompt
and press Enter
. NOTE: You can name the shortcut anything you like though
Right click on the Elevated Command Prompt
shortcut on the desktop and click on Properties
Click on the Shortcut
tab and click on the Advanced
button. (See screenshot below) 8.
Check the Run as administrator
box and click on OK
. (See screenshot below) 9.
Click on OK
. (See screenshot below step 7)