You can easily make your friend or family member an administrator by changing their account in Windows 11 to allow them full access to your computer. This article demonstrates how to change your account type from Standard User into Administrator in Windows 11. It can be done using Settings, Control Panel, and User Accounts. PowerShell and Command Prompt is also used.
Administrator permission is required for many applications to function correctly. Some apps and games will not work if you access a computer via an account that does not have administrator access. To run certain programs as an administrator, you will need to enter the administrator password through the User Account Control feature (UAC).
Types of Account in Windows 11
Windows 11 offers two types of user accounts – Administrator accounts and Standard User accounts.
Administrator accounts give you complete control of the Windows 11 device or system. You can use it to install software and hardware, modify settings globally, perform elevated tasks, remove or add user accounts, and access files. It’s best to have an administrator account if you forget your password or are locked out of your computer.
The Standard account, however, is much more limited. The Standard user can only access existing applications and cannot add/remove apps. It blocks you from changing global settings or adding/deleting user accounts. It is unable to perform simple tasks. If an app or setting needs elevation, they will need administrative credentials.
1. Change Administrator On Windows 11 using Windows Settings
First, let’s see how Windows 11’s Settings utility can convert an existing Standard account to an Administrator account. If you are login into an Administrator account, use any one of the following methods:
- Click on Start button and select Settings or press Windows key + I to open settings.
- Go to Accounts and click on Family & other users on the right panel.
- After that, click on the name under Others users to whom you want to make Administrator.
- Then, select Change account type.
- Now, click on the dropdown menu below the Account type option and choose Administrator.
- Click OK. The selected user will be switched into an Administrator account. All admin rights will be granted to the Administrator account.
Note:- Select “Standard user” and click OK in the Change account type option to remove administrator privileges from an administrator account and make it a Standard user account.
2. Change Administrator On Windows 11 Using Control Panel
- Click on Search menu, type Control panel, and tap Enter key.
- After that, click on Change account type under the User Accounts.
- Select the user to whom you want to make Administrator.
- Next, click on Change the account type.
- Then, choose Administrator and click on Change Account Type.
- The selected user will be switched to Administrator then restart your computer.
3. Change Administrator On Windows 11 Using User Accounts
- Press Windows key + R, type netplwiz, and tap Enter key to open a User Account.
- Under the User Account window, there is a list of users. Choose the user you want to promote and go to Properties.
- After that, a new window opens up; click on Group Membership and select Administrator. Press Apply then OK.
- Now, you see the selected user is an Administrator.
4. Change Administrator On Windows 11 Using Command Prompt
You can use the elevated Command Prompt if you are a terminal enthusiast to change the type of an account from Standard to Administrator or vice versa.
- Type cmd/Command Prompt on Search menu and click on Run as administrator.
- If asked for permission and then click YES.
- Next, type the command net user and tap Enter key to check all user lists.
- Remember the user name you want to make administrator.
- After that, type or paste the below command and tap Enter key.
“net localgroup Administrators “Account name” /add”
Note: Replace Account name with an exact user name to whom you want to change to an administrator.
- After, this command your selected user will be an administrator.
Note:- Given below command used to convert an Administrator account into Standard and remove its admin rights:
“net localgroup Administrators “Account Name” /delete”
5. Change Administrator On Windows 11 Using PowerShell
PowerShell is another way to change the account type in Windows 11. Windows PowerShell, a task-based command-line tool, allows IT professionals and power users to automate tasks such as creating new users, changing passwords, and changing account types.
- Right-click on Start button and select Windows Terminal (Admin).
Note: it will open PowerShell by default if you do not change the settings.
- Now, type the command given below to see all the user accounts:
- Next, copy-paste or type the below command and replace Account Name with the user name:
add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Account Name”
Note: For example, add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “N k”
Note:- Enter the below command to switch back to the Standard account:
remove-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “N k”
These are the way you can change administrator settings. You can use any one method to change it.
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