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Change account type on Windows 10Source: Windows Central

On Windows 10, you have two main account types for users, including Administrator and Standard User, each one offering a different set of privileges to use a device and apps. The Administrator type provides complete system control, which means that users can change settings globally, install apps, execute elevated tasks, and perform pretty much anything.

In comparison, the Standard User account type is more restrictive. Users with the standard account can work with apps, but they can't install new applications. They can change settings, but only those that won't affect other accounts, which means that global system configurations aren't allowed. If an app or a command requires elevation, they'll need administrative credentials to complete the task.

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Usually, it's recommended to use an account with standard privileges as it offers a more secure environment. However, depending on the situation, it may be necessary to change the account type from Standard User to Administrator (or in reverse), and Windows 10 includes multiple ways to complete the process using Settings, Control Panel, User Accounts, PowerShell, and Command Prompt.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through virtually every method that you can use to change the account type on your device.

Quick tip: If you're looking to make your primary account standard, it's best to create a new administrator account first, and then use the new account to change your old account to standard and make administrative changes.

How to change user account type using Settings

To change the account type with Settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Family & other users.
  4. Under the "Your family" or "Other users" section, select the user account.
  5. Click the Change account type button.

    Family & other users settings Change account type option Source: Windows Central

  6. Select the Administrator or Standard User account type.

    Windows 10 change account typeSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, restart your computer to start using the account with the new privilege level.

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How to change user account type using User Accounts

To set an account to Standard user or Administrator type using User Accounts (netplwiz), use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for netplwiz and click the top result to open the "User Accounts" experience.
  3. Select the account that you wish to change.
  4. Click the Properties button.

    Netplwiz on Windows 10Source: Windows Central

  5. Click the Group Membership tab.
  6. Select the Standard user or Administrator account type depending on your requirements.

    Netplwiz Group Membership tabSource: Windows Central

    Quick tip: You can also select the Other membership option, which allows you to choose different user groups, such as Power Users, Backup Operators, Remote Desktop Users, etc.

  7. Click the Apply button.
  8. Click the OK button.
  9. Click the Apply button again.
  10. Click the OK button again.

Once you complete the steps, restart the device to apply the changes and start using the new account type on Windows 10.

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How to change user account type using Control Panel

To change an account type using Control Panel, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Under the "User Accounts" section, click the Change account type option.

    Control Panel with Change account type optionSource: Windows Central

  3. Select the account that you want to change.

    Control Panel manage accounts settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Change the account type option.

    Control Panel change accoun type optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Select either Standard or Administrator as required.

    Select new account type in Control PanelSource: Windows Central

  6. Click the Change Account Type button.

After you complete the steps, the next time the user signs in to the account, it'll be limited to the permissions allowed by the user group that you specified.

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How to change user account type using PowerShell

To change a Windows 10 account type with PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to change the account type to "Standard User" and press Enter:

    Remove-LocalGroupMember -Group "Administrators" -Member "ACCOUNT-NAME"

    PowerShell change from Administrator to Standard accountSource: Windows Central

    In the command, make sure to change the ACCOUNT-NAME for the actual name of the account that you want to change. If you're trying to change an account using a Microsoft account, then the account name would be the first five letters of the email address.

  4. Type the following command to change the account type to "Administrator" and press Enter:

    Add-LocalGroupMember -Group "Administrators" -Member "ACCOUNT-NAME"

    PowerShell change from Standard  to Administrator  accountSource: Windows Central

    In the command, make sure to change the ACCOUNT-NAME for the actual name of the account that you want to change.

    Quick note: Users with administrator accounts are part of both, the "Administrators" and "Users" groups. As a result, to make a user standard, you only need to remove the user from the "Administrators" group.

After you complete the steps, the account type will switch to the Administrator or Standard group depending on your configuration.

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How to change user account type using Command Prompt

To switch account types with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to change the account type to Standard User and press Enter:

    net localgroup Administrators "ACCOUNT-NAME" /delete

    Change from Administrator to Standard account using Command PromptSource: Windows Central

    In the command, make sure to change the ACCOUNT-NAME for the actual name of the account that you want to change. If you're trying to change an account using a Microsoft account, then the account name would be the first five letters of the email address.

  4. Type the following command to change the account type to Administrator and press Enter:

    net localgroup Administrators "ACCOUNT-NAME" /add

    Change from Standard to Administrator account using Command PromptSource: Windows Central

    In the command, make sure to change the ACCOUNT-NAME for the actual name of the account that you want to change.

  5. Type the following command view the account type and press Enter:

    net user ACCOUNT-NAME

    Check user group membership with Command PromptSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the next time the user signs in to the device, the account will load with the privileges allowed by the group that you specified in the command.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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