Change A Standard User Account To An Admin Account In Windows 10

Windows 10 like its previous versions lets you add multiple accounts to a single installation of the OS. Each account has its own settings making it easy to share a single computer with your family. That said, there are two types of accounts that you can create at present in Windows 10; a Standard account, and an Administrator account. Both names are pretty much self-explanatory as far as their privileges fo. Previous versions of Windows allowed you to change the kind of privileges an account had and Windows 10 has not only continued with that feature, it’s made it much easier to manage. For any account that you’ve added, local or Microsoft, you can give it admin privileges. Here’s how.

Make sure you’ve already added the account you want to assign admin rights to. Open the Settings app and go to the Account group of settings. In the ‘Family & other users’ tab, scroll down to the ‘Other users’ section where the accounts you’ve added will be listed. Click the account you want to change the type of and click ‘Change account type’.

In the popup that opens, open the Account type drop-down and select ‘Administrator’. Click Ok for the change to take effect. Needless to say, you must be an administrator yourself to make this change. If you don’t see this option, it’s likely you aren’t the administrator.

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The account will now be given admin rights to the computer. Make sure you don’t give the rights away to someone who doesn’t know what they are doing as anyone with admin rights can edit the registry and install any app they want.

 

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