Early Vista Tip #3: run the CMD line as an Admin

I didn’t think I would ever need to do this but thanks to Vista’s overly-protective security, you might need to run a CMD line as an Admin. In true Vista fashion, the approach to circumvent security isn’t very intuitive (a good thing) and thanks to Paul’s wonderful Zune hack on Vista, we now know how to do this.

Click your Start Orb and type "CMD" but don’t press Enter and don’t click on the search results that Vista will return. Instead, hold down CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. If you have the Vista User Access Control (UAC) enabled as it is by default, you will be prompted to continue before you gain Admin rights. Click "Continue" and you’re all set! Instead of seeing this:

Cmd

You’ll see this and have full Admin rights:

Cmd_admin

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