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How to run an elevated command prompt



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When trouble shooting, Macrium Support may request that commands be run in an MS-DOS command prompt under elevated mode.  Elevated mode is where a program is run under Windows using Administrator privileges.  It is not enough to already be a member of the Administrators group, even when a member of this group commands still need to be elevated to gain privileges.

Under Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, there is no concept of elevated command prompts, on these platforms running a command prompt with Administrator privileges will achieve the same effect.  Elevated mode was a restriction introduced by Windows Vista User Access Control.


Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and later Servers

To run an elevated command prompt under Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the Windows Server 2008 and later family of operating systems (see sample screenshot below):
  1. Click Start
  2. In the search box type in command
  3. Right-click 'Command Prompt' in the search results list
  4. Click 'Run as administrator' from the popup menu
  5. If you are not an administrator of the computer a dialog box will be shown prompting for the administrator password


Windows 8

(Also works with Windows Vista, 7 and Servers 2008 and later if you start at step a.)
To run an elevated command prompt in Windows 8 start at step a. (but if showing START screen in Windows 8 start at step b.):
(see also sample screenshots below for Windows 8)
  1. Press keyboard ‘Windows key’
  2. Type word 'command'
  3. Then right-click on ‘Command Prompt’
  4. From menu click 'Run as administrator' (menu is at bottom of screen in Windows 8)
  5. If you are not an administrator of the computer a dialog box will be shown prompting for the administrator password



            Menu seen in Windows 8:
  
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Last Modified:1 May 2014

Last Modified By: Administrator

Type: Tutorial

Level: Novice

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