How-to: Run with elevated permissions

Some PowerShell cmdlets and Windows commands such as REG ADD and SUBINACL have to be run from an elevated prompt, there are several ways of doing this.

It is possible to right click Powershell.exe (or it's Start menu shortcut) and run it 'As Admin'.
Shortcuts can be edited to always run as Admin - Properties | Shortcut | Advanced then tick "Run as administrator".

To elevate a script from a (non-elevated) PowerShell command line:

PS C:\> Start-Process powershell -ArgumentList '-noprofile -file MyScript.ps1' -verb RunAs

To run (and optionally elevate) a PowerShell script from a CMD shell, see the PowerShell.exe page.

A set of commands can also be saved in a scriptblock variable, and then passed to a new (elevated) PowerShell session:

Start-Process -FilePath powershell.exe -ArgumentList $code -verb RunAs -WorkingDirectory C:

To run an entire PowerShell session 'As Admin' from an existing PowerShell (non-elevated) session:

PS> Start-Process powershell.exe -Verb runAs

If you use Invoke-Command to run a script or command on a remote computer, then it will not run elevated even if the local session is. This is because any prompt for elevation will happen on the remote machine in a non-interactive session and so will fail.

Using Enter-PSSession to start a whole new session will support elevation if you specify CredSSP, which enables the delegation of user credentials:

New-PSSession -Auth CredSSP -cred ss64dom\user64

Testing for Elevation

A function that will return $True if the current session is running elevated or $False if not:

function isadmin
 # Returns true/false
   ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal] [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator")

To ensure a script is only run As Admin, add this to the beginning

If (-NOT ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal][Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator"))
  Echo "This script needs to be run As Admin"

In PowerShell v4.0 the above can be simplified by using a #Requires statement:
#Requires -RunAsAdministrator

Self-Elevating script

If a script needs to be run elevated, then you can ensure it will only ever be run elevated by including the logic within the script.

If (-NOT ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal] [Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole]::Administrator))
  # Relaunch as an elevated process:
  Start-Process powershell.exe "-File",('"{0}"' -f $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path) -Verb RunAs
# Now running elevated so launch the script:
& "d:\long path name\script name.ps1" "Long Argument 1" "Long Argument 2"

Setting the current directory

When a script is elevated, it runs in a new elevated session and the script current directory will default to \Windows\System32\

When writing a script that will be elevated, either hard code the path to any files that you reference, or use the The $MyInvocation automatic variable to get the location of the .ps1 script, then link to dependent files in that same folder.

Scheduled Tasks

If a scheduled task invokes a UAC prompt, then the task may fail to run unattended, to prevent this make sure that you select the 'Run With Highest Privileges' check box, (or run Set-ScheduledJobOption -RunElevated )

Elevate Scheduled task

When a script is run with elevated permissions several aspects of the user environment will change: The current directory, the current TEMP folder and any mapped drives will be disconnected.

Windows Explorer Context Menu

To add a "Run as Administrator" context menu for .ps1 files, run this from an elevated PowerShell prompt:

PS C:\> New-Item -Path "Registry::HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Microsoft.PowershellScript.1\Shell\runas\command" `
 -Force -Name '' -Value '"c:\windows\system32\windowspowershell\v1.0\powershell.exe" -noexit -file "%1"'

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Related PowerShell Cmdlets

PowerShell.exe - Launch a PowerShell session/run a script.
CMD: Run with Elevated Permissions
VBScript: Run with Elevated Permissions
ElevationToolkit - Command-Line UAC Elevation Utility from Bill Stewart.

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