#PSTip Start PowerShell as a different user with elevated privileges

Note: This tip requires PowerShell 2.0 or above.

This command is useful when you want to perform some tests or if you work in an environment where you use the standard and admin user accounts. Open Command Prompt and run the following command:

C:\> C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /env /noprofile /user:CHANGEME@TEST.LOCAL "C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -noprofile -command \"start-process powershell -verb RunAs\""

The best way to use it is to create a shorcut on your desktop and put it in the Target field.

About the author: Aleksandar Nikolic

Aleksandar is a PowerShell MVP and a co-founder of PowerShell Magazine. He is a frequent speaker at the conferences and participates regularly in IT Pro user groups worldwide. Recently, Aleksandar co-authored the highly respected Administrator’s Guide to Windows PowerShell Remoting. Follow him on Twitter at @alexandair

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