The Task Manager is a trusty little tool in Windows designed to help you keep a close eye on what is running on your system, and what kind of resources that process is taking.
It is one of the most used of utilities in the OS, and something that you will call on regularly.
However, there may be cases where you might want to run the Task Manager with administrative privileges. This usually is required when you are using an alternate account without admin privileges. Luckily, there is an easy way to get this done.
Four, in fact.
Let’s check them out.
Run Task Manager as administrator
The need to run the Task Manager as an administrator usually arises when you are logged into another user account that does not have admin authority on your system. This scenario often plays out on home computers, where you might get stuck or want to make changes to your PC.
You may also be forced to logout from your current user account and login to the administrator account on your system to execute certain tasks. Not only is this inconvenient, you may run into a situation whereby logging out of a regular user account may be difficult or unmanageable due to the open work.
Thankfully, Windows 11 lets you run the Task Manager as an administrator from any other account that does not have admin rights. You will be asked to enter the password for the admin account, and once you do, it will be just like running it from that account.
Below are 4 ways you can accomplish this:
Run Task Manager as admin from Search
The fastest method is to simply search for the Task Manager applet directly from the Start Menu on the desktop. Search for Task Manager, then right-click the result and select Run as administrator on the menu. Alternatively, you can directly click on the option provided.
Run Task Manager as admin via Run
Ah, the Run dialog! It never disappoints. You can bring up the Run command dialog box by pressing the Winkey + R key combination or by right-clicking the Start button and selecting Run. Now, simply type the runas /user:Admin taskmgr command and click on OK.
In this example, Admin is the name of the user that has administrative privileges. In your case, it might be something else, like your first or last name. That’s because creating user accounts with admin privileges is quite common.
Whatever your account is, just replace its name in the command above.
Run Task Manager as admin through Command Prompt
You can easily run the Task Manager as an administrator by opening a Command Prompt in elevated mode. Hold down Winkey and press S to open the Search function in Windows 11. Then type cmd, right-click on the entry and choose Run as administrator.
If you are prompted to type the password for the administrator by the UAC (User Access Control), do so by clicking Yes. Once you are in the terminal window, type taskmgr and hit Enter to open Task Manager with administrative privileges.
Create a shortcut to Task Manager on the Desktop
Run the Task Manager regularly through the day? Then you might want to create a shortcut for it right on the desktop, which can double up as a way to launch the applet as an administrator. The process is simple enough.
Right-click on the Desktop and choose New > Shortcut. Enter the location of the Task Manager, which in almost all cases is C:\Windows\System32\Taskmgr.exe, and click Next. Name the shortcut Task Manager or whatever you want, and click Finish.
Now, you can right-click the shortcut and select Run as administrator whenever you want.
Running the Task Manager as an administrator is something you will only encounter if you are logged into a user account without these high-level privileges. Any of the methods listed above will open Task Manger with admin rights, and you will be able to use it without any errors.