Microsoft: Introducing Sudo for Windows

Shipped in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 26052. claims it has a big security problem that makes the program accept calls to elevate from anywhere once first run


  1. The security problem has been internally fixed and will be available in the next release
  2. It's not just an alias for 'runas'. It seems to be able to configurably block user input for sudo'd commands, retain the existing environment, ditch it and open a new window, and remember that you've sudo'd in the last minute or so.
  3. It brings up UAC instead of having you input the password

looks like shit thanks


What is sudo?


“Substitute user do”, most commonly used on Linux to run your command as superuser (think admin mode on Windows)


Ah, I understand, thanks


That still sounds so weird, as opposed to the old “super user do”.


Finally! The day I’ve been waiting for so long. Goodbye Linux, hello Windows!

  • nobody ever

In your mind, do you really think that is the intention here? Seems more like a convenience for people who use both Linux and Windows.

I have to use both so I welcome it.


Seriously. My home PC runs Linux primarily, but I sysadmin both Windows and Linux at work and this will be very convenient. Forgetting to run PowerShell as admin is always frustrating, especially when I have the commands and variables already established.


Ok, so yea just a “better” version of runas. I can see it being a bit easier when you just need to do the one thing as admin, but overall just opening an admin windows is still going to be the best way.

I really think the security issues makes it not worth enabling.


Yep. It’s basically an alias for:

<span style="color:#323232;">runas /user:administrator

If you want to open a new command line window with admin privs you can always do:

<span style="color:#323232;">runas /user: administrator CMD.exe

Which is of course on Linux this would kinda be like running:

<span style="color:#323232;">sudo su
Aatube avatar

It's not just an alias. It seems to be able to configurably block user input for sudo'd commands, retain the existing environment, ditch it and open a new window, and remember that you've sudo'd in the last minute or so.



vext01, avatar

Tell me it has a better configuration format than sudo.

(I’ve ditched sudo for OpenBSD ‘doas’ across the board ever since it made its way into debian’s repos)


Also switched to doas on Arch. Works great.

I wonder if “please” is nice too, but it’s such a long word to type.

ReveredOxygen, avatar


Aatube avatar

better configuration format

Well, there's only three choices to choose from and set through a command, soooo...


and i’m thinking about switching to doas.

Gebruikersnaam, avatar

Honest question: what am I missing out on with sudo?

squid_slime, avatar

Its much lighter, sudo goes outside of its intended purpose

tabular, avatar

Would love to use a smaller, single-user multi-account, version of sudo. If (on Debian based) doas can remember I entered the password a command ago in the same bash terminal, and had more adoption/eyes on it, then I’d use it.


Install Linux already, get it over with. Windows has been and still is a sad joke, why pay for that crap?


People pay for windows?


A product key, which allows you to use Windows to its fullest, costs money to Microsoft.

Aatube avatar

Most people here pirate it or get the price bundled with their manufacturer. It’s surprisingly easy


You can get a legit Windows 11 key for like 5 bucks, no reason not to install it honestly. Even if only for dual booting, it can save you a lot of headaches.



QuarterSwede, avatar

Because business uses Windows services, which are, by far, the most common. And when collaborating and sharing files is essential this is a major deal breaker. I love *nix but it just wouldn’t work as well in the business world until there are wide spread services that replicate or do better than what Microsoft does with enterprise support and pricing in mind.

PlutoniumAcid, avatar

Sure, tell my corporate overlords to do that, on thousands of computers across the globe.

At home i can do what I want, at work I have to bow down.


Soooo revolutionary and unique like Phone Link

tabular, avatar

Sudo already exists, is it okay to just name a different program by the same name?

Guess which one Bing search will try harder to return.

tja, avatar

They are already doing it for other commands. Eg curl.


I hate searching for sway config stuff using DDG (which returns Bing results).

Chances are never zero that that there is an outdated MS product with the same name of what you’re searching.


Hold up. DDG returns Bing results? TIL. Is that true? How do we know? Do they state this, themselves?

Aatube avatar

Most of our search result pages feature one or more Instant Answers. To deliver Instant Answers on specific topics, DuckDuckGo leverages many sources, including specialized sources like Sportradar and crowd-sourced sites like Wikipedia. We also maintain our own crawler (DuckDuckBot) and many indexes to support our results. Of course, we have more traditional links and images in our search results too, which we largely source from Bing. Our focus is synthesizing all these sources to create a superior search experience.


Wow okay. It’s not their only source, which I came to believe. That’s good, then. Thank you for the link and quote!

squid_slime, avatar

I feel this, I type swaywm instead now

dbilitated, avatar

oh thank goodness! I have been waiting so long for this


Why wait? Linux has had sudo for over 25 years


And sudo itself has existed for over 40 years

dbilitated, avatar

sometimes I work on windows. I miss sudo when I do 🤷‍♂️


This incident will be reported.


To our advertisers


“Would you like to buy some sudocrem?”

ada, avatar

Did they ask for permission first? :p


sudo winget install sudo


Welcome to 1980, Microsoft (or 1993 if you’re feeling really generous).

SnotFlickerman, avatar

sudo rm -r -f windows

jerrythegenius, avatar

sudo rm -fr -fr windows

tostiman, avatar

remove for real, for real

Aatube avatar

Wouldn’t work on powershell in which the options parser works very differently

Aatube avatar

In powershell you’d have to do -fo because there’s —filter

DarkNightoftheSoul, avatar

sudo stop redirect capturing my back button


I fucking LOATHE their same page redirect every time I mistakenly click on a MS answers page


It’s even worse because if you’ve found your way to MS answers you’re clearly desperate because nothing came up on a real site. So you’re already in a bad mood and then - BLAM - redirect!


And then the answer is posted twice in a row from the the same expert and reads: “thank you for contacting Microsoft Answers. We are closing this thread as it’s reached the maximum age of -21479632”.


I hate how every recommended answer is some copy paste guide on how to reset the PC. If that is your go to fix for everything you’re a garbage technician.


I’ve added ms answers to my ublock filter. The site is worthless.


Thankfully you can right click the “back” button and it’ll give you a list of couple of last sites and you can just so it from there. It is still annoying though.

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