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you must be an administrator running a console session

You may come across the error that you must be an administrator running a console session when running the SFC utility. Do you know what causes this error and how to solve it? This post from MiniTool will show you the solutions

What Causes Error You Must Be an Administrator Running a Console Session?

When running the System File Checker tool in the Command Line window, it is common for you to come across the error that you must be an administrator running a console session in order to use the sfc utility, as shown in the following picture:

the error message

The error that you must be an administrator running a console session Windows 10 indicates that you are trying to access the system files through Command Prompt and for that you need permission or you have to be the administrator.

If you just open Command Prompt by double clicking or right-click to open it, you will come across this error.

So, in the following section, we will show you how to fix the error that you must be an administrator running a console session Windows 10.

How to Fix You Must Be an Administrator Running a Console Session

In this part, we will show you how to remove the error that you must be an administrator running a console session in order to use the sfc utility. To solve this error, you need to run Command Prompt as administrator.

  1. Type Command Prompt in the search box of Windows 10 and choose the best-matched one.
  2. Then choose the best-matched one.
  3. Then right-click it to choose Run as administrator to continue.

After that, you can run System File Checker again and check whether the error that you must be an administrator running a console session is fixed. In general, if running the Command Line as administrator, you will not come across the error again.

Of course, to run Command Prompt as administrator, there are several ways. You can read the post: Command Prompt Windows 10: Tell Your Windows to Take Actions to learn more ways to open Command Prompt as administrator.

Related article: Quickly Fix – SFC Scannow Not Working (Focus on 2 Cases)

Further Reading: Set Elevated CMD as Default

After solving the error that you must be an administrator running a console session, you can choose to set elevated CMD as default.

Now, here is the tutorial.

1. Type Command Prompt in the search box and choose the best-matched one.

2. Then right-click it to choose Open File Location.

3. Next, select Command Prompt and right-click it to choose Send to > Desktop.

choose send to desktop

4. Right-click the shortcut on the desktop and choose Properties.

5. In the pop-up window, navigate to the Shortcut tab. 

6. Then click Advanced… to continue.

choose Advanced

7. Then check the option Run as administrator and click OK to continue.

check the option run as administrator

After all steps are finished, whenever you open the Command Prompt shortcut, it will be opened as administrator.

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Final Words

To sum up, in order to fix the error that you must be an administrator running a console session, you need to run Command Prompt as administrator. In order to run Command Prompt as administrator, you can use the ways mentioned in the above part.

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