What is an administrator account? An administration account lets you change security settings, install hardware and software, access all files, and make changes to other user accounts. However, if you don’t remember your password, got locked out of your computer, or if your admin rights have been accidentally revoked, you will not be able to make the changes you wish to.
How to change a local user account to an administrator account from the Settings?
- Navigate to Start > Settings > Accounts.
- Under Family & other users, click on the account owner name (you should see “Local Account” below the name), then click on Change account type.
- Note – When you choose an account that shows an email address or if it does not say “Local account”, then you are giving administrator permissions to a Microsoft account and not to a local account.
- Under Account type, click on Administrator, then click on OK.
- Sign in using the new administrator account credentials.
How to Change Administrator via Control Panel?
You also have the ability to change a user account type by opening Control Panel, to do so follow the-
- First, search for the Control Panel in the Windows search bar.
- After the Control panel opens, click on Change account type under the User Accounts section.
- Click on the user that you wish to change (give administration in this case).
- Then click on Change the account type.
- Select the radio button, which is situated next to the Administrator.
- Select Change Account Type, these changes will be reflected when you go visit the previous screen.
You can repeat these steps for every user you wish to change. However, you need to make sure that you always have access to at least one user that has Administrator privileges. If not, you will not be able to make changes later.
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