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Using Start-Process to Start an Admin Powershell Instance - Quick Tip

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You may start an Administrative Powershell from a separate shell by using the -Verb RunAs parameter like this:

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Start-Process Powershell -Verb RunAs

This will create an elevated Powershell instance, however the new instance of powershell will be targeting a new path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\. If you’d like to open Powershell at a custom directory or the current shells directory you may pass in a Working Directory. For example: Start-Process Powershell -Verb RunAs -WorkingDirectory . creates a new shell in the current directory with elevated permissions.

This works with other programs as well. If you want an admin Command Prompt for example you could run this:

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Start-Process cmd -verb runas

References

Start-Process documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.management/start-process

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