When Windows Vista came, it had a lot of features that were useful and a lot of them were just annoying. One feature that I liked was that now it has a dedicated Super Administrator hidden account. Normal administrative accounts are not allowed to do certain system level tasks that can prove harmful to system stability. So now a user is much safer with this tightened security.
But the problem is that for certain tasks you need administrative privileges to continue. One of the tasks that I use so often is to use the ipconfig command line utility that is used to do different TCP/IP functions.
“The requested operation requires elevation.”
1- Run As Administrator
This method is simple in my opinion. Go to Start Menu –> Find command prompt (cmd), right click it and select Run as Administrator. My command prompt goes blue when I run it as administrator. Not sure whether it’s the default behavior or specific to me only.
2- Keyboard Shortcut
I like this method as it involves a keyboard shortcut and I’m a shortcut junkie. Go to Start menu and in Start Search, type cmd and then instead of pressing enter, press Ctrl – Shift – Enter. This will open command prompt with administrative privileges. When I do this, my command prompt turns blue showing me that I’m in administrative mode. I don’t know whether it’s default behavior or it’s something specific to my system configuration.
3- User Account Control
This is ultimately the final method that everyone is forced to use. If you’re using Vista for a long time and you’re sick and tired of User Account Control (UAC) feature of Vista, then you should consider disabling it for good. This will also disable the elevation feature. So after disabling User Account Control, you can open command prompt without any special method. It will automatically open with administrative privileges.