How to Run a Program as an Administrator in Windows 11

You can run any program as an administrator on Windows 11.

Before proceeding with the steps, remember that you don’t have to open the program as an administrator when it doesn’t need to open like that.

For instance, you don’t have to open Command Prompt (cmd) as an administrator to launch Notepad. But to run the SFC command, you need to run cmd as an administrator.

Let’s see the different ways to do this task and pick the one you like.

Method #1

Right-click on the executable file or shortcut of the program.

Remember that the location, such as the Start menu, desktop, or File Explorer where it exists, is irrelevant here.

Select Run as administrator and hit Yes in the popup. That’s all.

Method #2

Search for the program on the Start menu, and in the search results, you can see it—Right-click on it and select Run as administrator. Hit Yes in the UAC popup.

Alternatively, you can follow these steps: Once you see the program at the top of the search results after searching for it in the Start menu, press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Hit Yes in the popup.

Note: When you search for the program in the Start menu, you will see the Run as administrator option in the right pane, which you can also use to complete this task. If you don’t see this option, click on the down arrow in the right pane to see it.

Method #3

Open the Run Command by pressing Windows + R.

Type the command that opens the program. For instance, the powershell command will open Windows PowerShell.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys and hit Yes in the popup.

Method #4

Launch the Task Manager, hit the Run new task.

In the “Create new task” popup, provide the command that opens the program you want.

Select “Create this task with administrative privileges” and hit the OK button.

Method #5

Press Ctrl + Shift keys and click on your preferred program icon pinned to the taskbar. In the popup, hit the Yes.

Note: You can also use the above key combination while double-clicking the app to open it as an administrator. If you’ve enabled the single click, you need to use the above key combination while clicking the app to start it as an administrator.

Method #6

Open the elevated Command Prompt or elevated Windows PowerShell.

Now execute the command which opens the program you want.

I hope this guide, “How to Run a Program as an Administrator in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.