How to run Control Panel as Administrator in Windows 10/8/7?

To perform the administrative task on Windows 10/8/7, we often open Command Prompt as an administrator. It is also possible to run Control Panel as an administrator in Windows 10/8/7; unfortunately, there is no direct way to open it as an administrator in any Windows version. There is nothing in Control Panel except shortcuts to programs and administrator tools such as Programs & Features and Folder Options. Control Panel contains links or various built-in programs of Windows, and hence Microsoft has not provided any direct way to run Control Panel as administrator.

But, if you perform administrative tasks through Control Panel by signing in to your Windows, you might be interested in running it as an administrator.

If you want to open the Control Panel as admin, it is possible to create a shortcut on your desktop and then configure them to launch the shortcut as administrator.

How to run Control Panel as Administrator in Windows 10/8/7?

To open the Control Panel with elevated privilege in Windows 10. 8, or Win 7, perform the below-mentioned steps:-

Step 1.  Right-click on the free space of the desktop, select New, and then click Shortcut to open the Create Shortcut wizard.

Step 2. In the “Type the location of the item” box, type the following path:-


Step 3. Click the Next button.

Step 4. In the box “Type a name for this shortcut,” type a proper name such as “Administrative Control Panel.”

Step 5. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the above steps, you will see a shortcut icon of the Control Panel on the desktop with a name you typed above step 4. For my example, we have created a desktop shortcut of Control Panel named “Administrative Control Panel.”

Step 6. Perform a right-click on the Control Panel shortcut and select “Run as administrator” to open the Control Panel with administrative privilege.

Step 7. If you want to open the Control Panel with admin rights by just double-clicking on it, then right-click on its shortcut icon and select the Properties option from the drop-down menu.

Step 8. In the Properties dialog box, switch to the Shortcut tab.

Step 9. Click the Advanced button to open the “Advanced Properties” dialog.

Step 10. Check the option labeled Run as administrator in the “Advanced Properties” dialog box.

Step 11. Click OK.

Step 12. Click Apply.

Step 13. Click OK.

That’s it!

2 thoughts on “How to run Control Panel as Administrator in Windows 10/8/7?

  1. Tony says:

    Still doesn’t allow the viewing of the network adapter properties once you have opened control panel as administrator

  2. littleannelise says:

    It is cool, but the control panel still refuses to allow me to change Power Plan settings. Windows 10 is rapidly becoming more trouble than it’s worth. I really, really think window 7 was better.

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