2 bad ass tricks to open the Command Prompt with Administrator Rights in Windows 8.1

I can imagine a new book from Wiley Press: it’s called “How to impress your colleagues and look smart for Dummies”

Chapter one is called “Getting your geek on” and it would have a section called Geek Swagger, another one called Learning the lingo and a concluding section called Terminals, Command Prompts and Black screens Oh my!

But such a book doesn’t exist (maybe I should write it) but today we’re not going to play the geek: you already are a bonafide geek that’s why I want to show you two bad ass tricks that will get you an elevated command prompt in less than 5 seconds.

Practice these key combinations thirty times after reading this post and you’ll have it mastered.

It’s a very quick and efficient way to get elevated.

Oh and now I have the titular song by U2 stuck in my head…

Anyway the first way to pull out our command prompt with Administrator rights is do the following:

  1. Press the Windows Key
  2. Type cmd
  3. Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter

Incidentally, this trick also works in Windows 7.

The second trick only works in Windows 8 and 8.1 but it’s faster because it requires less keystrokes.

Windows Key + x + a

I remember this by saying the Windows has the Key to eXecuting the Administrator Prompt.  But sometimes I forget to remember that mnemonic.  Honestly, the best way to internalize these things is to simply use them every chance you get.  Find excuses to use them and soon you’ll start doing it automatically!

What are your favorite “Power User” shortcuts in Windows?  Share your knowledge bounty in the comments below!


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