The Run command (Windows key + R) has been around for a long time, and most tech savvy users use it to quickly run commands, open a folder location, Registry, Group Policy Editor, etc.
The only caveat is that using Run command will not run as administrator, but there is a quick trick to execute any command as an administrator on Windows 10, and previous versions, including Windows 8.1, Windows 7, etc.
- Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
- Type the command (e.g., regedit, gpedit, appwiz.cpl) or path you want to navigate.
- Use the Ctrl + Shift + Enter keyboard shortcut to run the command with administrator rights.
If you simply press Enter, the command will run as a standard users and not as an administrator.