Add an elevated Command Prompt To Your Start Menu

By | March 22, 2011
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You can use this tip on Windows Vista  and Windows 7 both 32bit and 64bit versions. Now with that out of the way…

We’re going to show you how to add a Run Command to your start menu and configure it in such a way that you will have elevated privileges whenever you use it and avoid the UAC warnings and prompts. This saves you time and keeps you from being annoyed by UAC. Best of all, it’s easy to do.

Here’s how you do it:

Click Start and type CMD in the Search box. This should produce one result: the shortcut to the Windows Command Processor, CMD

Right-click on the CMD shortcut and choose “Pin to Start Menu”.

Click Start again. Right-click the Command Prompt shortcut you just added above and choose “Properties”.

Click the Advanced button and click to select the “Run as administrator” checkbox.

Click OK to save your changes.

Windows 7 users can also add the Run Command to the Taskbar. If you choose this option, you’ll have to right-click on the icon and choose “Run as Administrator” each time you use it.

11 thoughts on “Add an elevated Command Prompt To Your Start Menu

  1. Margaret

    Followed all the instructions here right up to click “Run as Administrator”. Couldn’t do that because that option is not available on my Vista laptop. Even took a Faststone Capture to show you but can’t send that with this.

    Ideas?

    I will attempt this on my Windows 7 and hopefully have success there.

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    1. infoave Post author

      It works on Vista and Windows 7. You’re missing the Advanced button the properties dialog.

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      1. Terry McCool

        cmd properties -Advanced button does not yield a checkbox as an option. It only yields Advanced Attributes, (File attributes) – (Compress or Encrypt attribites) checkboxes.

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        1. infoave Post author

          The screen shots were taken from a Vista Home Premium Desktop computer. I also have the same options on Windows Vista Home Premium laptop. EB has the same options on her Windows Vista Home Premium laptop. Unless you’re using Windows Vista Basic or you aren’t logged in as an administrator it makes no sense why you don’t have the same options. Microsoft shows the same information as well.

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  2. Terry McCool

    In Vista after you click the advanced button it does not yield a ( Run as Administrator ) checkbox anywhere.

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    1. infoave Post author

      Vista Command Prompt  dialog
      Vista Command Prompt  dialog

      All Windows Vista computers contain this dialog.

      Thanks,
      TC

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      1. Terry McCool

        What I see after selecting cmd properties does not even come close to the illistration you sent to me. ” don’t have screne capture, so I can’t show you. I’ve tried to explain it in earlier notes without luck so it seems

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        1. infoave Post author

          You can only get to that dialog by typing CMD in your start menu search. Then clicking “Pin to Start Menu”. The opening your start menu, right-clicking on CMD shortcut, selecting “Properties” from there. You cannot get that dialog any other way I know of. And you must be logged into Windows as an admin.

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          1. Terry McCool

            I can not seem to be able to find out how logging into Vista as Administrator is accomplished. I’m starting to feel really dumb. I guess my true level of mental ability is starting to rear it’s uugly head.

          2. infoave Post author

            Do you login to your computer? What kind of user account did you set up? Did someone else tell you to use a limited account? I don’t have enough info to help.

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