Monthly Archives: September 2012

Windows 8 – Run As Administrator

I’ve been running the Windows 8 RTM on my main PC for about 2 weeks now and I’ve reached the tipping point in terms of getting familiar with the new Start Menu and the ModernUI (you’re not allowed to refer to it as Metro now).

I often find that I need to run Command Prompt as an administrator.  Normally, on a pre-Windows 8 machine, I would click the Start Menu, Go to the Accessories folder, locate Command Prompt, right-click it and select Run As Administrator.  However, with Windows 8’s new Start Menu there is no Accessories folder nor is there a shortcut to the Command Prompt.

Instead in Windows 8 you can simply start typing on the Start Menu when its open and as you type applications will start to appear.  If you are familiar with using the Search box on Windows 7 and Vista Start Menu, it works in exactly the same way.  In the example below I typed ‘cmd’ to bring up Command Prompt.  You can also type ‘Command Prompt’ and you will notice Windows automatically searches as you type.

 Once you’ve located the application or utility you want to run you can then right-click it and select Run As Administrator.

You could alternatively click on Open File Location and copy the shortcut to your Desktop, however I like to keep my desktop tidy and only have my most used application shortcuts on it.