How to Run File Explorer as Administrator in Windows 11

How to Run File Explorer as Administrator in Windows 11

Sometimes, you might find yourself in a rabbit hole in the Windows folder. While you are at it, you are bombarded with the User Account Control (UAC) prompt every time you try to access a new folder. This can be exhausting and makes you wonder how to get rid of it. So the simplest solution to your woes is to run file explorer as an admin. So, today we are going to show you how to run File Explorer as Administrator in Windows 11.

How to Run File Explorer as Administrator in Windows 11

How to Run File Explorer as Administrator in Windows 11

There are three methods to run File Explorer as Administrator on Windows 11. They are explained below.

Method 1: Run as Admin in File Explorer

Follow the steps below to run file explorer as admin through File Explorer itself:

1. Press Windows + E keys together to open File Explorer window.

2. Type C:\Windows in the address bar, as shown, and press the Enter key.

Address bar in File Explorer

3. In the Windows folder, scroll down and right-click on explorer.exe and select Run as administrator, as depicted below.

Right-click context menu in File explorer.

4. Click on Yes in the User Account Control (UAC) prompt to confirm.

Also Read: How to Hide Recent Files and Folders on Windows 11

Method 2: Run Process in Task Manager

Another way to run File Explorer as Administrator in Windows 10 is through Task Manager.

1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together to open Task Manager.

2. In the Task Manager window, click on File in the menu bar and select Run New Task from the File menu.

File menu in Task Manager.

3. In the Create new task dialog box, type explorer.exe /nouaccheck.

4. Check the box titled Create this task with administrative privileges and click on OK, as illustrated below.

Create new task dialog box with command to run File Explorer as administrator.

5. A new File Explorer window will appear with elevated permissions.

Also Read: How to Create a Local Account in Windows 11

Method 3: Run Command in Windows PowerShell

Furthermore, you can use Windows PowerShell to run file explorer as administrator on Windows 11:

1. Click on the Search icon and type Windows PowerShell. Then, click on Run as administrator.

Start menu search results for Windows PowerShell

2. Click on Yes in the User Account Control (UAC) prompt.

3. In the Windows PowerShell window, type the following command and hit Enter:

taskkill /f /FI "USERNAME eq $env:UserName"/im explorer.exe 

PowerShell Command to kill explorer.exe process

4. You should receive SUCCESS: The process “explorer.exe” with PID has been terminated message.

5. Once the said message appears, type c:\windows\explorer.exe /nouaccheck and press the Enter key, as depicted.

PowerShell command to run File Explorer as administrator.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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