Tips for being a less annoyed Windows admin

Some things I have picked up to make being a Windows Admin less annoying

A few ways to open a command prompt as Administrator:

  1. Press the Meta Key, type cmd then press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER together
  2. Under HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftCommand Processor in your registry create a String (REG_SZ) Autorun with a value of cd /d “%userprofile%”
  3. You can also copy cmd.exe under System32 and rename it as cmda.exe and change the Privilege Level as per screenie, ugly but it works.
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All of the above assume you have not (unable to??) changed UAC to it’s lowest level. Personally I couldn’t be bothered and run with my UAC on it’s highest level on everything but my gaming PC which is one level below that.