The Requested Operation Requires Elevation

When running some commands in the Windows command prompt, you may see the message “The Requested Operation Requires Elevation”. Most times, the simplest solution is to open the command prompt as Admin and run your command again.

In this article, we’ll show you how to do this in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. The process is similar in all versions of Windows, but there are a few slight differences.

Windows 10

  1. Right click the start button. You should see a pop-up menu with several options.
  2. Click on the option for ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’.
  3. If you see a User Account Control pop-up, click Yes.
  4. The admin Command Prompt will now open.

You can also see this process in the video below:

Windows 8

  1. Click the start button or hit the Windows key.
  2. Click the search button in the top right corner.
  3. Type ‘cmd’ in the search box.
  4. The Command Prompt option should be the first in the list. Right click on ‘Command Prompt’ and click ‘Run as administrator.’

You can also see this process in the video below:

Windows 7

  1. Click the start button or hit the Windows key.
  2. Type ‘cmd’ inside the search textbox. cmd.exe should be the top result.
  3. Right click on cmd.exe and click ‘Run as administrator’.
  4. If you see a User Account Control pop-up, click Yes.
  5. The admin Command Prompt will now open.