3 ways to change the type of a user account (Standard or Administrator), in Windows

Do you need to limit the permissions of a user account that is an administrator on your Windows computer, so that it works as a limited, standard user? Or, maybe you need to give more permissions to another account so that another person can administer your Windows device? If you have to change the type of a user account in Windows, from Administrator to Standard or the other way around, here’s how it is done:

Read this before moving forward!

There are several things to consider before changing the type of a user account in Windows. First of all, this change can be performed only from another user account that is an administrator.

You cannot perform this change from the user account that you want to set as administrator or as a standard user. Also, make sure that you understand what a user account is in Windows, the different types of accounts available and what’s the difference between them. To achieve this goal, we recommend you to read the following tutorials:

Now that you have a lot more knowledge about the impact of what you are about to do, let’s see how things are done in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.:

1. Change the user account type from the Settings/PC Settings app (Windows 10 and Windows 8.1)

In this section, first we will cover Windows 10 users and then Windows 8.1 users. If you have Windows 10 installed, first open the Settings app. Then, click or tap on Accounts.

Then, in the column on the left, press on “Family & other people. On the right, you see the user accounts that exist on your Windows 10 device, other than your own. Click or tap the name of the user account that you want to edit and then press the “Change account type” button.

The “Change account type” window opens. Here you can see the name of the selected user account and its type. Click or tap the drop-down list where you see the current account type and then select the new account type that you want to use: Administrator or Standard User. Then, click or tap OK and close the Settings app.

If you are using Windows 8.1, open the PC Settings app. In the column on the left, press Accounts and then Other accounts. On the right, you can see the other user accounts that exist on your Windows 8.1 device. Select the user account that you want to change by clicking or tapping on its name, and then press Edit.

The “Edit account” pop-up opens. Here you can see the name of the selected user account and its type. Click or tap the drop-down list where you see the current account type and then select the new account type that you want to use: Administrator, Standard User or Child. Then, click or tap OK and close the PC Settings app.

2. Change the user account type from the Control Panel (all versions of Windows)

This set of instructions works in all versions of Windows: Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. However, there are small differences between these operating systems, so pay attention to our instructions, so that you get it right from the first try:

First, open the Control Panel. If you have Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 installed, look for the link that says “Change account type,” found inside the User Accounts section and click on it. This link doesn’t exist in Windows 7.

If you have Windows 7, then click “User accounts and Family Safety -> User accounts -> Manage another account.”

From now on, it doesn’t matter what version of Windows you are using; the steps are the same. You are shown a list of the user accounts that exist on your Windows computer or device. Click the one that you want to change.

You are now shown a list of options for that user account. Click “Change the account type.”

Now you can modify the type of the user account: Administrator or Standard User. Select the type that you want to assign and click “Change Account Type.”

You can now close the Control Panel.

3. Modify the user account type from Computer Management (all versions of Windows)

Another method that works in all versions of Windows, involves using the Computer Management application. If you want to learn how to start it, read this article: Reasons why Computer Management is our favorite administrative tool. On the left side of the Computer Management window, click or tap “Local Users and Groups and the Users. Then, in the middle of the window, double-click the name of the user account that you want to edit.

The Properties window opens for that user account. Here, go to the Member Of tab, where you can see the user groups that the account is part of. If you need a refresher on what user groups are and what they do, read this article: What Is A User Group In Windows & What Does It Do?.

The main idea is that, if you want the user to be an administrator, it needs to be part of the Administrators user group. If you want it to be a standard user account, it must NOT be a member of the Administrators user group and only a member of the Users group. If you want to set the user account from Administrator to Standard, select the Administrators user group and click Remove.

If you need a standard user account set as administrator, click Add. The Select Groups window opens. Here, type Administrators in the only available text field, click Check Names, and then OK.

The user is now part of the Administrators group. You can close the user Properties window and then Computer Management.

Conclusion

Now you know several ways of setting a user account as standard or administrator in all modern versions of Windows. Choose the method you prefer and then let us know which one works best for you and why. We’re curious to know how you change the type of a user account on your Windows computers and devices.