Top 5 Ways to Change Admin­is­tra­tor Account on Win­dows 10

Pankil Shah

On Windows, there’re two major types of accounts: Standard and Administrator. Both have specific privileges. While the Administrator account gives you full control over your PC, the Standard account is restricted comparatively. For instance, if you’re looking to perform elevated tasks such as installing an app, changing settings globally, or making major system changes from a Standard account, you’ll have to change its account type to Administrator first.

Top 5 Ways to Change Administrator Account on Windows 10

Whether you're looking to appoint a new administrator or elevate access to other Standard user accounts on your PC, you can use any of the methods below to change the account type from Standard to Administrator and vice versa.

Note: To change the account type, Windows requires you to be logged in with an account with administrative privileges.

1. Settings App

Probably the simplest way to change the account type in Windows is by using the Settings app. Once you’re logged in with an admin account, here’s how to change account type On Windows 10.

Step 1: Press Windows key + I to launch Settings. Go to Accounts.

Settings App

Step 2: Navigate to the Family & other users tab on your left. Now under Other users, choose the account you wish to change the type and click on Change account type.

User Settings on Windows

Step 3: In the following window, change the account type to Administrator and hit OK.

Change Account Type in Windows 10

And that’s about it. You can repeat the same steps above to change the account type back to Standard as well.

2. Control Panel

Like any other major setting on Windows, you can also change the administrator account by accessing the Control Panel. Here’s how.

Step 1: Open the Start menu, type control panel, and press Enter.

Open Control Panel

Step 2: In the Control Panel window, switch to the Category view and click on 'Change account type.'

Control Panel Window

Step 3: Here, you’ll find all the user accounts on your PC along with their account types. Go to the account for you wish to change the type and click on the 'Change the account type' option.

Change Account Type in Control Panel

Step 4: Next, pick a new account type and click on the Change Account Type button.

Change Account Type via Control Panel

Once done, restart your PC to apply all the changes.

3. User Accounts

Another way to modify account type on Windows is by using the User Accounts utility. Here's how.

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Type netplwiz and press Enter.

Run Command

Step 2: In the User Accounts window, select the account in question and click on Properties.

User Accounts Window

Step 3: In the Properties window, switch to the Group membership tab and click on Standard or Administrator as the account type.

Account Properties

You can also select Other to set account type to Event Log Reader, Remote Desktop User, Guest User, Power User, etc.

4. Command Prompt

If you use Command Prompt to process batch files, troubleshoot errors, and fix corrupt system files, then you can also change the account type with a command. Read on to learn how.

Step 1: Open the Start menu, type in cmd, and click on Run as administrator on your right to open it with admin rights.

Open Command Prompt

Step 2: In the console, type the command below and press Enter.

net localgroup Administrators ‘AccountName’ /add

Replace the ‘AccountName’ in the above command with the actual name of the account.

Command Prompt

Once done, the account will be converted to the Admin account and will load with administrative privileges.

Similarly, if you’re looking to change the account type to Standard, type the command mentioned below and press Enter.

net localgroup Administrators ‘AccountName’ /delete

5. PowerShell

If you prefer the almighty PowerShell over the Command Prompt run commands and scripts, it can also help you change the account's type to Administrator with a single command. Here's how.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X and choose PowerShell (Admin) from the resulting menu.

Launch Power Shell

Step 2: In the console, type the command mention below and press Enter to change it to Administrator.

add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member ‘AccountName’

Replace the ‘AccountName’ in the above command with the actual name of the account.

Power Shell

And voila! The account name entered will now have the administrative privilege.

Again, if you’re looking to change the account type to Standard, use the command given below.

remove-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member ‘AccountName’

More Power to You

You can use any of the methods above to change admin on Windows. More so, it's regarded as the best practice to keep more than one Administrative account in case the account gets deleted, or you get locked out.


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Pankil Shah

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Pankil Shah

Pankil is a Civil Engineer by profession who started his journey as a writer at EOTO.tech. He recently joined Guiding Tech as a freelance writer to cover how-tos, explainers, buying guides, tips and tricks for Android, iOS, Windows, and Web.