In this guide, we will show you various methods to convert a Standard account to an Administrator account in Windows 11. Having an administrator account will give you complete control over the OS. You will be able to install/uninstall any of your choices, tweak system settings, modify registry values, take ownership of files and folders, and execute elevated commands in CMD and PowerShell.
On the other hand, a Standard account will only allow you to carry out the basic tasks, such as getting your hands on the installed apps. You wouldn’t be able to change any global level settings or carry out any of the aforementioned tweaks that an admin is capable of doing. If a need for carrying out the elevated task arises, the standard user would need the help of the admin’s account credentials/permissions.
In this regard, the first account you log in to right after installing the OS would automatically be assigned as the admin account. Then all the subsequent accounts will be set as a Standard accounts. But the OS is quite flexible when it comes to dealing with user accounts. Windows 11 gives you the liberty to convert a Standard user account to an Administrative one as and when required. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. So without any further ado, let’s get started.
Convert Standard Account to Administrator in Windows 11
There exist five different methods through which you could carry out the said task. And we have listed all of them below. You may try out the one that is in sync with your requirement. Do note that no matter which method you try, you will need to have administrator account credentials/privileges for the first-time setup.
Via Settings Menu
- Launch the Settings menu via Windows+I shortcut keys
- Then select Account from the left menu bar and go to Family and other users.
- Next up, click on the desired account to expand it and then click on the Change Account Type button.
- Now choose Administrator from the Account Type drop-down menu and click OK to save it.
- That’s it. You have successfully converted a standard account to an administrator one in Windows 11 from the Settings menu.
From Control Panel
- Launch Control Panel from the Start Menu.
- Then change the View by option to Category and click on Change account type under User Accounts.
- Now select the desired account from the list and click on Change Account Type from the left menu bar.
- Finally, select Administrator from the list and click on the Change Account Type button to save it.
- These were the steps to convert a standard account to an administrator one in Windows 11 from Control Panel.
From User Accounts Menu
- Launch Run via Windows+R shortcut keys.
- Then type in the below command and hit enter to open the User Accounts menu.
- Now select the desired account from the list and click on Properties.
- Finally, select Administrator and click Apply > OK to save the changes.
- That’s it. The Standard account has now been converted to an Administrator account from the User Accounts menu.
Via Command Prompt
- Head over to the Start Menu, search Command Prompt and launch it as an administrator.
- Now type in the below command and hit Enter to bring up the list of all the standard accounts
- Copy that standard account name from the output list that you want to convert to an Administrator account.
- Now execute the below command, replacing the AccountName keyword with the name of the account that you had just copied
net localgroup Administrators "AccountName" /add
- That standard account would now have been converted to an Administrative account.
- Launch Powershell from the Start menu and launch it as an administrator.
- Then execute the below command to get a list of all standard accounts
- Now copy the desired account name from the output list which you need to convert to an administrator account.
- After that, execute the below command, replacing the AccountName keyword with the name of the account that you had copied just now.
add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “AccountName"
- That’s it. The process stands complete. You may now close the powershell window.
So these were the five different methods through which you could convert a Standard account to an Administrator account in Windows 11. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
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