Microsoft has confirmed that the new Windows 11 Build 26052 will include a public preview of "Sudo for Windows." After some time, a publication on the company's blog on this topic was deleted without explanation.
Sudo is a utility that grants root privileges to perform administrative operations according to its settings.
Microsoft explained that Sudo for Windows is a new way to run "elevated commands directly from an elevated console session." The company has plans to open source the Sudo utility (sudo.exe) and publish this project on GitHub.
Microsoft describes Sudo for Windows as "an ergonomic and familiar solution for users who want to elevate a command without having to first open a new elevated console."
Sudo for Windows is in early development. It first appeared in the recent build of Windows Server 2025, but without the ability to run.
In a now-deleted Microsoft blog post, it was confirmed that Sudo can be enabled through developer options. This option will allow you to manage settings that require administrative privileges, such as uninstalling applications or changing system settings.
You will also be able to enable Sudo for Windows by running the following command in an elevated console session: sudo config --enable .
Microsoft explained how "Sudo for Windows" will work: "When you start a process from the command line with sudo, a UAC dialog box will appear prompting the user to confirm the elevation, and you will be able to use sudo in a terminal, just like in Linux or macOS." .
"Our team is working to open source Sudo for Windows, and we're excited to share more details about our plans in the coming months," Microsoft wrote in a since-deleted blog post.