How to Open Task Manager as Administrator (Admin) on Windows 11/10?

You can open Task Manager as administrative (admin) to perform specific tasks that require admin privileges. You receive a message “Access is denied” when you try to kill a process on the Task Manager. It shows that your user account lacks the appropriate privileges. Specific tasks and processes on Windows require elevated privileges to be terminated. So, either you login into an administrative account or run the Task Manager with administrative rights.

How to Run Task Manager as an Administrator?

You can launch the Task Manager by right-clicking the Taskbar and selecting the Task Manager in the context menu if you are using Windows 10. Moreover, this option is removed from Windows 11 by Microsoft. In that case, you can use the CTRL + ALT + Del hotkey and then select the Task Manager. You can also use CTRL + Shift + Esc shortcut keys.

If you have logged into your Windows system with an administrator account, then above mentioned steps automatically run the Task Manager with elevated rights. Moreover, the Task Manager will run with fewer rights, not administrative privileges, if you use a standard account.

This risewindows article will guide you on how to run the Task Manager with administrative privileges even if you are using a standard user account.

How to Run Task Manager as Administrator through Windows 11/10 Search?

Do the below-elaborated steps to open the Task Manager as an administrator:-

Step 1. You need to click on the Start button and then type Task Manager.

Start-Menu-Task-Manager-Run-as-administrator-1024x875Step 2. Now, right-click on the Task Manager application and select the Run as administrator option.

Step 3. You will be asked to enter the credentials for the user account with administrative privileges when you are done. The Task Manager will now launch with administrative rights when you enter the password.

How to Open Task Manager as Administrator from a Standard Account?

If you know the specific user account password with administrative rights, you can use that to run the Task Manager with administrative rights. Follow the below-mentioned steps:-

Step 1. You need to open the Run command box using the Windows + R shortcut keys.

Step 2. Now, type the following command and press the Enter key on the keyboard.

runas /user:UserAccount taskmgr

Note: Please replace UserAccount with the name of the user account you want to run the Task Manager as.

Run-Task-Manager-as-specific-user-accountStep 3. You will be prompted to input the password for the account you want to run it as when you are done. Press the Enter key from the keyboard once the password is entered.

runas-1024x568How to Open Task Manager as Administrator with the help of Command Prompt?

You can perform several tasks on Windows 11/10 computer using Command Prompt. Using the dame Command Prompt, you can access the Task Manager with administrative privileges. Below are the steps to do it:-

Step 1. Now, open the Command Prompt as an administrator.

Step 2. After that, type the following command line and press the Enter button on the keyboard.


taskmgr-in-Command-Prompt-1024x761How to Launch Task Manager as Administrator via Shortcut?

If you always want to run the Task Manager as an administrator, you need to create a desktop shortcut for it. Follow the below-mentioned steps to do so:-

Step 1. Now, right-click on the free space on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.

New-Shortcut-1024x878Step 2. When the “Create Shortcut” wizard appears on your computer, type in the following under “Type the location of the item” and then click on the Next button.


Note: You need to replace the drive letter accordingly if you have installed your Windows in another drive other than the “C” drive. For example, suppose you have installed Windows on the “D” drive, then your command will be: D:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe.

Create-Shortcut-1024x842Step 3. Enter a name for the shortcut in the “Type a name for this shortcut” field and click on the Finish button in the following screen.

Create-Shortcut-Taskmgr-1024x842Step 4. You will see a new shortcut icon for your Task Manager on the desktop – Right-click on that shortcut icon and select Properties from the context menu.

Taskmgr-PropertiesStep 5. Next, switch to the Shortcut tab and click on the Advanced button from the Properties dialog.

Taskmgr-Properties-1Step 6. Now, check the checkbox Run as administrator from the “Advanced Properties.”

Advanced-PropertiesStep 7. After that, click on the OK button.

Step 8. Then, click on the Apply button.

Step 9. Finally, click on the OK button.

Double-click on the newly created shortcut next time you want to access the Task Manager as an administrator.

Thanks for reading.

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