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3 Ways to Run Control Panel as an Administrator in Windows 11

Control Panel is a tool that comes with Windows, it’s where you can manage programs and settings for your computer. Control Panels usually have many different categories such as System and Security, Network and Internet, Appearance and Personalization,

Sometimes, you may need to run Control Panel as an Administrator in Windows 11 (or Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7). Unfortunately, there is no straightforward method to access it as an administrator on any Windows version.

If you want to access the Control Panel as an Administrator, you can make a shortcut on your desktop and then change it to launch with admin rights.

How to Run the Control Panel as an Administrator

Right-clicking on the Shortcut

To run the Control Panel with elevated privilege in Windows 11, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open the Create Shortcut wizard by right-clicking on the free space of the PC/Laptop’s desktop and then clicking New.

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Step 2. In the “Type the location of the item” text box, put this path below.


The result should be something like this:

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Step 3. Select the Next button and type the name of the administrative control panel in the “Type a name for this shortcut” box, such as “Control Panel as an Admin”.

Click the Finish button when everything has been completed.

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After you’ve completed the above procedures, a shortcut icon of the Control Panel will appear on your desktop with a name you entered at step 3. Let’s look at an example. We’ve created a desktop shortcut to the Control Panel called “Control Panel as an Admin.”

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Step 4. To access the Control Panel with administrative privilege, right-click on the Control Panel shortcut and then select “Run as administrator.”

Double-clicking on the Shortcut

Follow these procedures to enable the Control Panel with admin rights by simply double-clicking on it.

Right-click on the icon of its shortcut and choose Properties from the drop-down menu.

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In the Properties window, go to the Shortcut tab. Click the Advanced option to display the “Advanced Properties” dialogue.

In the “Advanced Properties” dialog box, check the box that is named “Run as administrator.”

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Click OK.

Using Command Line

To do so, open the Command Prompt. It is not necessary to run the Command Prompt as an administrator. Replace ‘YourPCName’ in the following command with the name of your computer, and then copy it into Command Prompt.

runas /user:YourPCName\Administrator "Control.exe"
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See your ComputerName by open System >> About. My PC Name is SOLOMEN0484

An Administrator will be an Account you are using.

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Here’s an example of the Control Panel as Administrator command. My command line will be:

runas /user:SOLOMEN0484\solomen "Control.exe"

You’ll be asked to input the Administrator account’s credentials. Type your password now.

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Note that it may appear as if the password isn’t being entered in the CMD, but it will be.

The above command will launch the Control Panel with administrator privileges. If you haven’t the password yet, you can create a new one by going to System >> Accounts >> Sign-in options. Then click Add button.

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Create a password now.

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When was Control Panel introduced?

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Source: toastytech

Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released on the market in November 1985. Control Panel was introduced in Windows 1.0 and it has been a significant part of the Windows operating system ever since.

Control Panel lets computer users control and monitor their system settings, run software, troubleshoot problems, and more. Control Panel is usually located on your screen’s right-hand side.

What is the purpose of the Control Panel?

The Control Panel in a computer system serves several crucial functions:

  • System Modification: It allows the user to change system settings and control overall system functionality.
  • Software Management: It provides a platform for installing or uninstalling software, as well as managing applications on the computer.
  • Hardware Configuration: It enables the user to manage hardware connected to the computer such as printers, keyboards, and mice.
  • Network Management: It allows for the configuration of network settings, enabling the device to connect to the internet or local network.
  • User Account Control: It offers tools to create and manage user accounts, ensuring appropriate access rights and security levels for each user.

How to open Control Panel in Windows 11?

To run the Control Panel in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. On the taskbar, click the Start button and search with ‘Control Panel’. After that, select Control Panel from the list of results.
  2. You may also launch the Control Panel by pressing Windows Key + R, then typing ‘CMD’ > Hit Enter > Then type ‘control’ > and hit Enter button from your keyboard to open it.

What is the latest version of Windows 11?

Version 22H2 (OS build 22621) is the latest version of Windows 11 as of October 5, 2023. The method to run the control panel as an administrator remains the same.

10/7/2023 – Update
  • Removed outdated paragraphs that are no longer useful for the current version of the document.
  • Added one more new method to the list of main methods.


We have covered all the basics of how to run the Control Panel as an administrator. If you need any help with this process, leave a comment below and we will be happy to assist you!

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