There are several ways to "run as administrator", and you didn't say which
steps you tried. As a DOS user from way back, I'm a frequent user of the
Command Prompt window, both as Administrator and not. Here are some of the
methods I use.
First and most straightforward, click Start | All Programs | Accessories,
then right-click Command Prompt and click Run as Administrator.
Another way after right-clicking Command Prompt is to click Properties |
Compatibility. There is a checkbox for Run this program as an
administrator, but it might be greyed out. I've also added Command Prompt
to Quick Launch and pinned it to the Start menu.
The icon in QL defaults to Run as Administrator. To get that setting, I
right-clicked the icon, then Properties | Advanced and checked Run as
There are probably some other ways, but these should get you started.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Mail in Vista Ultimate x64)
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I received my new laptop with Vista earlier this week. The day I
> received it, I was able to start a cmd prompt with "run as
> I have loaded several software packages and last night there was a
> larger number of updates installed.
> Today, when I tried to start cmd with "run as administrator" - nothing
> happens. I am able to start a normal cmd prompt with the same icon.
> Any ideas on how I can get my cmd prompt to once again "run as
> Any idea what might be preventing this?