How to Change Administrator on Windows 11

Computer Admin Account

Let’s see how to change the account type from a Standard user to an Administrator and vice versa in 5 different ways on Windows 11.

Many application requires administrator permission to run properly. If you use a computer from an account without administrator access, some apps and games won’t work and you’ll need to enter the administrator password in the User Account Control feature (UAC) to run those programs as an administrator.

If a family member or friend using your PC and you want to give their account administrator access, so they can have full access to the system, you can easily change their account to an administrator account in Windows 11. This article illustrates how to change the account type from Standard User to Administrator in Windows 11 using Settings, Control Panel, User Accounts, PowerShell, and Command Prompt.

Types of Account in Windows 11

There are two types of user accounts on Windows 11 – Standard User accounts and Administrator accounts.

The administrator account offers complete control over the Windows 11 system or device. It facilitates you to install hardware and software, access all files, change settings globally, execute elevated tasks, add or remove new user accounts, etc. If you forgot your password, got locked out of your computer, it’s better to have another administrator account as a backup.

In comparison, the Standard account is very limited. A Standard User can only use existing applications, and cannot install/remove applications. It prevents you from making changes to global settings and adding/deleting user accounts on a computer. It can only perform basic tasks and if an app or setting requires elevation, they’ll need administrative credentials to complete the task.

Change Account Type to Administrator From Windows Settings

First, let’s see how to use Windows 11’s Settings utility to change an existing Standard account into an Administrator account. You can only use any of the following methods if you logged in to an Administrator account.

To open Settings, Right-click the Start button and select ‘Settings’ or press Windows + I in Windows 11.

Open the ‘Accounts’ section in the left pane, and click on ‘Family & other users’ on the right pane.

Under the ‘Other users’ section, you’ll find all the user accounts on your system other than your own.

Click or tap the name of the user account you want to make an Administrator and click on the ‘Change account type’ button that’s revealed.

In the ‘Change account type’ window, you’ll see the account name and its type.

Now, open the dropdown menu under the Account type option and select ‘Administrator’. Then, click ‘OK’ to apply the change.

The selected Standard User account will be changed into an Administrator account and will be given all admin rights.

If you want to remove admin privileges and turn an Administrator account into a Standard User account, just select ‘Standard User’ and click ‘OK’ in the ‘Change account type’ window.

Change Administrator On Windows 11 Using Control Panel

The Control Panel utility is present in all of the Windows versions, and it also can be used to change the account type of a user account.

Search for ‘Control Panel’ in the Windows Search and open it.

Under the User Accounts category, click on the ‘Change account type’ option.

On the Manage Accounts page, you will see a list of local accounts on your Windows 11. Click on the user account that you’d like to change to administrator.

Then, click the ‘Change Account Type’ option on the left.

Next, select Administrator and then click ‘Change Account Type’.

The selected account will be turned into Administrator. Then restart your device to apply the changes. You can also change an account back to ‘Standard’ this way.

Change Administrator on Windows 11 Using User Accounts (netplwiz)

You can also use the account management utility ‘User Accounts’ to change a user to administrator.

To open the User Accounts tool, launch the Run dialog via the shortcut key Windows + R and type netplwiz in the Open field. Then, press Enter or click ‘OK’.

Under the ‘Users’ tab of the User Accounts window, you will see the list of user accounts. Select the account you want to promote and click the ‘Properties’ button.

In the next window, switch to the ‘Group Membership’ tab, and then select the ‘Administrator’ option. Then, click ‘Apply’ and press ‘OK’.

If you select ‘Other’ option, you can choose from an array of different user groups such as Device Owners, Guests, Event Log readers, Remote Management Users, backup operators, etc.

As you can see, the selected account is now an administrator.

Change Administrator in Windows 11 Using Command Prompt

If you’re a terminal enthusiast, then you can also use an elevated Command Prompt to change an account’s type from Standard to Administrator and vice versa. Search for ‘cmd’ or ‘Command Prompt’ in the Windows search bar and click ‘Run as administrator’ on the right pane.

If User Account Control asks for permission, click ‘Yes’ to continue.

If you want to list all the local user accounts on your device including default accounts, type the below command and press Enter:

net user

Note the username you want to convert to administrator.

Then, type the following command to turn a Standard User account into an Administrator account and press Enter:

net localgroup Administrators "Account name" /add

And replace Account Name with the exact name of the User account you want to change into an Administrator.

Now, your Standard account is changed to an Administrator account.

If you want to turn an Administrator account into a Standard account and revoke its admin rights, then type the below command:

net localgroup Administrators “Account Name” /delete

Change Administrator in Windows 11 Using PowerShell

Another way you can change an account type in Windows 11 is by using PowerShell. Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line tool that allows IT professionals and power users to automate tasks like creating new users, changing passwords, changing account type, and more.

Search for ‘PowerShell’ in the Windows 11 search bar and click ‘Run as administrator’ under Windows PowerShell on the right pane.

This will open PowerShell in an elevated mode. Type the following command to list all the local user accounts and note the user account you want to change:

Get-LocalUser

Type the below command to change an account type to administrator, replacing Account Name with the exact name of the account you want to change into an Administrator.:

add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Account Name”

Example command:

add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Lavinya”

Enter the following command to turn an Administrator account into a Standard account:

remove-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Lavinya”

This will revoke the administrative rights from the selected account and change the account into a Starndard user.

That’s it.