How to change Administrator on Windows 10?
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In a computer system, an administrator is a computer operator capable of making changes on a computer that can also affect other users. An Administrator is capable of installing software and hardware, changing security settings, accessing all files on the computer, and make changes to other user accounts on that computer.
Administrator account vs. Standard user account
In Windows 10, you can create two types of a user account. For example, Administrator and Standard User.
The Administrator user type offers complete system control. It facilitates you to make changes in the system globally, install apps, add or remove new users, etc. While the standard user account type is more restrictive, it doesn't facilitate you to install new applications, make any changes, add or remove users, etc.
If you are an administrator on a PC and you forgot your password or got locked out of your computer, or have you have accidentally revoked your admin rights, what would you do? You won't be able to make any administrative changes on your computer. You have only one option to change the Administrator. Let's see how to change the Administrator in Windows 10 PC. There are mainly two methods to change the Administrator in Windows 10:
- Change Administrator on Windows 10 via Settings
- Change Administrator on Windows 10 via Control Panel
Method 1: Change Administrator on Windows 10 via Settings
If you want to change a user account type, you must have administrator access. So if you have access to a standard account only, you have to ask an administrator to make changes.
Login with Administrator account and go to Settings > Account > Family & other users, then select the user account. Now, Click on the Change account, and then click on the Administrator radio button. Now, click on the OK button to save the changes.
Follow the steps given below:
- Click on the Start menu and click on the Setting/gear icon option to open the Windows setting. See the below image.
- After clicking on the Setting option, a new window will appear. Now, click on the "Account"
- After clicking on the "Account" option, click on the "Family & other users" option. This option will be available in the left sidebar.
- After clicking on the "Family & other users" option, click on the standard user account (the account in which you want to make changes) under the Other user's
- Now, click on the Change account type.
- After clicking on the "Change account type" of the user account, it will open a new popup window. See the below image:
- Now, click on the drop-down menu and select Administrator in the Change account type. Finally, click on the OK button to save the changes.
- Now, the standard account becomes an administrator account. Repeat these steps if you have to change in multiple accounts. You must have access to at least one Administrator account; otherwise, you won't be able to make changes later.
Method 2: Change Administrator on Windows 10 via Control Panel
We can easily change the user account type by using Control Panel. Login with Administrator account and go to Open Control Panel > Click on Change account type > Select the user account you want to change > Click on the Change the account type > Select Standard or Administrator > and finally, click on the "Change Account Type" button to complete the task.
Follow the steps given below:
- Type Control Panel in the Cortana Windows search bar to open the control panel.
- Click on the above search result "Control Panel." It will open the control panel of your system. Here, you will see the "User Accounts" Click on Change account type under the User Accounts.
- After clicking on the "Change account type" under the User Accounts section, a new popup window will open. Now, select the user account in which you want to make changes. Here, we choose the "Rahul" account to make it an Administrator.
- Click on the user that you want to change, and you will see a lot of options for making changes such as change the account name, change the password, change the account type, delete the account, etc.
- Here, we have to change the account type, so click on the "change the account type" You will see two radio buttons, i.e., Standard and Administrator. Click on the Administrator radio button to take complete control over the PC. Finally, click on the Change Account Type button to save changes.
- Now, the standard account becomes an administrator account. Repeat these steps if you have to change in multiple accounts.
Note: You must have access to at least one Administrator account; otherwise, you won't be able to make changes later.