How to Run Visual Basic Scripts as Admin from the Command Line. VBScript Tips and Tricks!

I’ve been using Visual Basic, VBScript, for many years and have used VBScript for a great many things.

I’ve found a lot of value in VBScript over the course of my long IT career. I’ve even saved my employer well over $1,000,000 with a fairly simple VBScript in one instance. Got employee of the month for that one!

Below are the 3 ways you can run VBScript files on a Windows PC including running VBScript files as an Administrator via the command line.

3 Methods of Running VBScripts

  1. Run VBSCript in Windows Explorer
  2. Run VBScript from Windows Command Line
  3. Run VBScript as a Windows Administrator

For more VBScript info, try these excellent VBScript resources:

1. Run VBScript in Windows Explorer

  • Locate the VBScript file using Windows Explorer or place a copy on your Desktop
  • Identify VBScript files by the .vbs file extension
VBScript files in Windows Explorer
  • Double click the VBScript file.
  • You may or may not see anything depending on the program’s design.
  • To check to see if VBScript is running.
  • Run Windows task Keys Ctrl+Shift+Esc then sort by Image Name. Look for “wscript.exe”.
  • To kill a VBScript process, right click over “wscript.exe” and select “end process”.
  • You may see more than one “wscript.exe” on the task manager list as it can be run multiple times and new instances will execute.

2. Run VBScript from Windows Command Line

  • Click Windows Start
  • Open Command Window by Typing “CMD” and hit Enter
CMD exe from Windows Start Menu
  • Enter the full file path at the Command Line and hit Enter

3. Run vbs from cmd: Run VBScript as a Windows Administrator

Create a Windows Batch File that uses WScript.exe to open the .vbs file (See example below)

Note this for reference. There is another script host file called, CScript.exe, that can also execute VBScript files.

CScript.exe is in the same directory as WScript.exe so if you need to reference it, just replace by name in the examples below.

If I recall correctly, use CScript.exe if something the VBScript has to do something that is 64 bit OS related with the Windows Meta (WMI).

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is the infrastructure for management data and operations on Windows-based operating systems. 

Right click and select option to Run Windows Batch file as Admin and Admin Rights will pass through to the VBScript

Example Windows Batch File to RUN VBS from the COMMAND Line

Save the file below with a .cmd file extension. Then right click on it and select “Run as Admin”. Admin rights will be passed on to the VBScript

You can download an example from my GitHub repo.

@echo off
pushd %~dp0
C:\Windows\System32\WScript.exe "My_VBScript.vbs"

How to Transfer Files from Windows PC to Linux Server Using Putty’s PSCP Command

Many blogs and web applications are being hosted on cloud based web servers. Of those web servers, many are running some flavor of the Linux operating system (OS).

If you’re a Windows PC user who is using a Linux web server for your online project then you have unique challenge that comes with being a dual OS user.

How will we transfer our files from our Windows development PC to our Linux cloud hosted blog or web app? Enter Putty and the PSCP command line tool!

What is Putty?

Putty is a Client application that handles connections to remote computers via the Telnet, SFTP and SSH protocols.

Putty Screenshot

What is PSCP?

PSCP is a command line application that is typically included in the Putty installation. PSCP transfers files between two computers from the Windows command line as long as firewalls allow the traffic on the designated ports for each type of traffic.

Transferring Files with PSCP from the Command Line

If you’ve installed Putty in the default directory, it will be here.

C:\Program Files\PuTTY

Open a Windows command line by clicking on the Windows start menu icon then entering “cmd” in the search field then find and click on the cmd icon.

Navigate to the Putty Directory by entering the command below.

C:\>CD c:\Program Files\Putty

Let’s look at an example PSCP command to transfer a file from a Windows PC to a Linux cloud web server with a fake user named root, IP of 45.99.99.99 and a target folder of /var/www/html

PSCP Copy Files from Windows PC to Linux Web Server Example

c:\>C:\Program Files\Putty\pscp c:\temp\sample.txt root@45.99.99.99:/var/www./html

Copying Files from Linux Web Server to Window PC

PSCP Command Line Example:

C:\Program Files\PuTTY>pscp root@45.99.99.99:/var/log/apache2/access.* c:\temp\cyberabyss_logs
root@45.99.99.99’s password: [Enter Your Password]

That’s all you should need to know about connecting to a Linux cloud based web server from a Windows PC using the Putty SSH client.

Hope this helps you on your Cyber journey!

~Cyber Abyss