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Tip: How do I run the command line as an Administrator in Windows Vista


If you enjoy using the command line to perform certain functions on your computer, you have probably noticed that Windows Vista requires you to elevate the rights of the command line to carry out certain tasks. Let me show you what I am talking about. For example. let's say I want to to release the IP address of my computer. This requires me to run the command ipconfig/release. When I try to do this I get an error. Let's walk through the steps.

Click the Start button and type cmd in the Instant Search field and press the Enter key(Figure A).

Figure A.

Next, type ipconfig /release. You will get the following error as shown in Figure B.

Figure B.

In order to elevate your rights as an administrator, simply click the Start button and type cmd in the Instant Search field BUT press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER instead of just ENTER. Your rights are now elevated (Figure C.)

Figure C.

I also put together a quick movie as a visual example.

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