How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

Task Manager is a powerful inbuilt utility that provides useful information on the overall resource usage of system apps along with statistics of each process. Here, you can prioritize tasks, enable/disable programs and services and monitor the app history as well. When you use your Standard account, you might not perform certain tasks or functions within Windows. All these activities can only be performed by functions with administrator rights. You may face an error message Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator when you open Task Manager. Also, you may face an Access denied prompt when you try to disable certain tasks from Task Manager. All these problems could be resolved when you run Task Manager as administrator. In this article, we have gathered 5 amazing methods depicting how to run Task Manager as an administrator on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

Before you get into the actual steps to use Task Manager as admin, you can take a brief look at why users prefer different user accounts on computers.

  • Users prefer separate user accounts especially for children without admin privileges on Windows computers. A standard account (without admin rights) helps them avoid downloading any harmful programs or applications from the internet and execute any critical tasks that attack the computer.
  • Users in the work environment prefer an admin account that has admin privileges that enables them to install any programs or apps from the website.
  • It is a recommended method to have a regular user account, that is separate from the admin account so that you can use it in case anything goes wrong with the admin account.

Why Do You Need to Run Task Manager as Administrator?

When you use a Standard account, you may not be able to perform certain tasks in Task Manager without admin rights in some scenarios as listed below.

  • You try to perform certain changes in Task Manager and access denied prompt pops up on the screen due to a lack of admin rights. Hence, to do the changes, for example, set/ change priorities, and end tasks you might need to use Task Manager as administrator.
  • You cannot perform any tasks as a Standard user in Task Manager if it is blocked by your Administrator. So, using any of the below-listed ways of opening Task Manager will not help you access it.
    • Typing Task Manager in the search bar & opening it from search results.
    • Right-clicking on empty space in Taskbar.
    • Pressing the Ctrl + shift + Esc keys together.

Here are 5 effective ways to open Task Manager as an administrator on your Windows 10 computer.

Method 1: Through Windows Search Menu

This is a simple method of launching Task Manager as admin when compared to others. Like you launch all other desktop apps as admin, you can also use the search menu to launch Task Manager as admin. Follow as instructed.

1. Press the Windows key and type Task Manager, then click on Run as administrator.

Hit the Windows key and type Task Manager

2. Then, click on Yes in the User Account Control prompt.

Now, the Task Manager will be opened as an administrator.

Method 2: Run Task Manager as Admin from Another Account

Many of you might remember a situation where you must be forced to log out of your regular standard user account and log in to the admin account to implement certain tasks and functions. This seems to be very inconvenient and you may face difficulties of losing your temporary works and files. Nevertheless, there is a simple way to run Windows Task Manager as admin from another admin account by using the Run command. Follow as instructed below.

1. Press the Windows + R keys together to open the Run dialog box.

2. Now, type runas /user:Admin taskmgr and hit Enter key to open Task Manager.

Note: Replace Admin with the name of the admin user account. It might be your first name or last name. For example, you must type runas /user:techcult taskmgr, if you have created a user account by the first name as Techcult and given it admin rights.

Now, type runas user Admin taskmgr in the Run dialog box and hit Enter.

3. Now, type your admin account credentials in the upcoming prompt and hit the Enter key. This will open the Task Manager as an administrator.

Also Read: Fix 100% Disk Usage In Task Manager In Windows 10

Method 3: Through Command Prompt

Apart from normal conventional methods to run Task Manager as administrator Windows 10, you can also use a command prompt to perform the same task as instructed below.

1. Hit the Windows + S keys together to open Windows Search.

2. Type Command Prompt in the search bar and click on Run as administrator.

Note: You can also launch the Run dialog box as instructed in the above method, type cmd, and press the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together to launch the command prompt as an admin.

Launch the Command Prompt as administrator. How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

3. Now, type the taskmgr command and hit the Enter key.

type the command taskmgr and hit Enter. How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

This will open Task Manager as an administrator on your Windows 10 PC.

Method 4: Through Windows PowerShell

Same as the above method, you can also use PowerShell to open Task Manager as an administrator. Follow the below-mentioned steps to implement the same.

1. Hit the Windows key, type windows powershell and click on Run as administrator.

Enter Windows PowerShell and click on Run as administrator

2. Click on Yes in the User Account Control.

3. Then, type taskmgr command in the PowerShell window and hit Enter key. This will open the Task Manager as an administrator.

type taskmgr in the PowerShell window

Also Read: Fix Command Prompt Appears then Disappears on Windows 10

Method 5: Run Task Manager as Admin from Desktop Shortcut

If you want to use Task Manager as quickly as possible, you can create a shortcut for Task Manager on the desktop and run it as an administrator. When you right-click on this shortcut, you can run it as administrator very easily by selecting the Run as administrator option. Here is how to create this shortcut on your Windows 10 PC.

1. Firstly, to create a shortcut on your Desktop, right-click on the empty space and click on New.

create a shortcut on your desktop

2. Here, click on the Shortcut option as depicted above.

3. Now, paste the below path in the Type the location of the item field. You can also use Browse… button to find Taskmgr.exe file on your computer. Click on Next.

C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe

paste the below path in the Type the location of the item field

4. Then, type a name for this shortcut and click Finish to create the shortcut.

type a name for this shortcut and click Finish to create the shortcut. How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

5. Now, the shortcut will be displayed on the desktop screen as depicted.

the shortcut will be displayed on the desktop screen

6. Right-click on this shortcut and click on Run as administrator.

Right click on this shortcut and click on Run as administrator

Note: The below steps are optional. If you want to change the display icon, you can proceed on. Else, you have completed the steps to create a shortcut to run Task Manager as an admin on your Windows 10 PC.

7. Next, right-click on Properties and switch to the Shortcut tab.

8. Here, click on Change Icon…

click on Change Icon…

9. Select an icon from the list and click on OK.

Select an icon from the list and click on OK. How to Run Task Manager as Admin in Windows 10

10. Now, click on Apply > OK. Your icon for the Task Manager shortcut will be updated on the screen.

Also Read: 14 Best Desktop Search Engines For Windows 10

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is a Task Manager?

Ans. Task Manager is a powerful inbuilt utility that provides useful information on the overall resource usage of system apps along with statistics of each process. Here, you can prioritize tasks, enable/disable programs and services and monitor the app history as well.

Q2. Why do I need to run Task Manager with admin privileges?

Ans. You try to perform certain changes in Task Manager and access denied prompt pops up on the screen due to a lack of admin rights. Hence, to do the changes, for example, set/ change priorities, and end tasks you might need to use Task Manager as administrator.

Q3. How do I open Task Manager?

Ans. There are various ways to open Task Manager. Out of them, one of the most simple step is to hit the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys simultaneously.

Q4. How to launch Task Manager with Admin rights in Windows 11/10?

Ans. Like you launch all other Desktop apps as admin, you can also use the Windows Search menu to launch Task Manager as admin. You can follow any one of the above-listed methods to launch Task Manager as admin, yet the simplest way to do it is by opening it from the search menu.

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We hope that this guide was helpful and you were able to run Task Manager as admin on your PC. Let us know which method worked for you the best. If you have any queries/suggestions regarding this article, then feel free to drop them in the comments section.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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