File Explorer is also known as Windows Explorer. It is an application that manages all files on your computer. You can run file explorer as administrator on a Windows 10 computer by following any one of the methods given below.

run file explorer as administrator

Ways to open File Explorer:

  • Want to run file explorer as administrator turn on your computer and press the Windows and E buttons together to open the File Explorer window.
  • Otherwise, you can click the File Explorer icon in the Windows taskbar to open it.
  • You can also right-click on the Start menu and select File Explorer.
  • Another way to open Windows Explorer is from Cortana Search.
  • Click the Search icon near to the Start menu and type File Explorer. Click the app to open it.

Run File Explorer as an administrator:

Method 1:

  • When the File Manager window appears, go to the Local Disk (C:) drive.
  • Open the Windows folder and locate the explorer.exe file.
  • Right-click on the explorer.exe file and select the Run as administrator option.
  • If you are prompted to enter the login credentials of your computer, enter it.
  • Now, the File Explorer window open with admin rights.

Method 2:

  • Right-click on the taskbar and click the Task Manager option.
  • Click the File menu and select the Run new task option.
  • When the Create new task window appears, type explorer.exe and checkmark the ‘Create this task with administrative privileges’ option. Then, click the OK button.
  • Now the File Explorer window will open on your computer with admin privileges.

Method 3:

  • Press the Windows and R buttons together to open the Run dialog box. 
  • Type explorer in the Search section and tap the Enter key.
  • Now, File Explorer will be opened with admin rights.
  • You can now make the required changes in File Explorer the run file explorer as administrator.