Run as Administrator – How To help

In many of my blog posts (also at other websites) you’re instructed to run programs or applications as an administrator. This hint is crucial when trying to solve an issue, because it gives you additional permissions to complete the actual task. The so-called User Account Control. This blog post shows you how to run most common programs as an administrator

Let’s get started!


Run command prompt (cmd) as administrator

A command prompt allows you to start other programs, scripts or commands. It actually does nothing but wait until you give it a command. To run command prompt

  1. Click Start
  2. Type cmd in the Search bar
  3. Right click Command Prompt that pops up as a search result
  4. Click Run as administrator
  5. If prompted for “Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device?”, choose Yes
  6. In the title bar of the Command Prompt, make sure Administrator: Command Prompt is shown. If it only says Command Prompt, you either
      1. Did not run the Command prompt as administrator. Make sure to fulfill step 4.
      2. Do not have enough privileges on your computer to run an elevated prompt. Ask your system administrator or owner of the pc for sufficient privileges

    Administrator Command Prompt

Run Registry Editor (regedit) as administrator

The registry editor allows you to make changes in the Registry. This often results in a change in configuration settings for the Operating System or for an application. This method is often used when the Graphical User Interface (GUI) doesn’t offer a way to set the setting.

  1. Click Start
  2. Type regedit in the Search bar
  3. Right click Registry Editor that pops up as a search result
  4. Click Run as administrator
    Run As Administrator Registry Editor (Regedit)

Run Services (services.msc) as administrator

Services is started inside a Microsoft Management Console. It allows you to start and stop OS and application services. You often need administrator privileges to perform these tasks.

  1. Click Start
  2. Type services in the Search bar
  3. Right click Services that pops up as a search result
  4. Click Run as administrator

In previous Windows versions, you would need to type services.msc . It is still possible to open Services by typing one of the following commands

  • services.msc
  • mmc services.msc

Run Task Manager (taskmgr) as administrator


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arvid sorsdahl

I don’t know what I’m doing


You will find a way

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