If you want to grant a Standard user complete control over the operating system, its apps, and settings, there are several ways to set it as Administrator on Windows 11. An Administrator account can install software and hardware, access any files (including protected ones), and manage other accounts in Windows 11. Furthermore, it’s recommended to have a backup Administrator account, in case you forget your password or get locked out of your computer. This guide shows how to change the Administrator on Windows 11 using five different methods. The process is similar if you want to withdraw the permissions of a naughty Administrator by demoting him, so just follow the steps illustrated below to change the type of user account in Windows 11:
NOTE: If you truly want to change the user that has Administrator permissions in Windows 11, you first need to create a new user account which, by default, has standard non-admin permissions. Then, you need to set this newly created user as Administrator, using the instructions shared in this guide. Next, log in with the newly “minted” Administrator, and then set the current Administrator account as Standard, or you remove it completely from Windows 11, depending on what you want. However, before doing all this, we recommend reading our guide about user accounts and their types.
The Settings app offers a simple way to grant Administrator privileges to an existing account or limit the permissions of a naughty Admin. First, open Settings, access Accounts from the left sidebar, and click or tap on “Family and other users” in the right pane.
The Other users section shows all the user accounts in Windows 11 other than your own. Clicking or tapping on the user account you want to change reveals more options. Next, click or tap on the “Change account type” button.
The “Change account type” pop-up window shows the account’s name and its type. Clicking or tapping on the Account type field opens a dropdown menu.
Select the type of account you want (Standard User to remove administrative privileges or Administrator to grant them), and then click or tap OK at the bottom.
That was it. You are returned to the Settings app, where a promoted user should be listed as Administrator, as seen below.
TIP: If you want to install Windows 11 without a Microsoft account, follow this guide: How to install and use Windows 11 with a local account.
If you like consistency, the Control Panel in Windows 11 helps you change an account’s type just like it did in previous operating systems.
To begin, open the Control Panel and click or tap on the “Change account type” link from the User Accounts section.
This takes you to the Manage Accounts page, which lists all the user accounts on your Windows 11 PC. Administrator accounts have their types displayed underneath. Find the user account whose type you want to change and click or tap on it.
Next, click or tap on the “Change the account type” link from the options on the left.
Finally, select Standard or Administrator and click or tap the “Change Account Type” button on the bottom right.
You can also change an account’s type with the User Accounts utility or netplwiz. To open the utility, launch the Run window (press Win + R on your keyboard), type netplwiz, and then press OK or the Enter key.
This takes you to the Users tab of the User Accounts window, which displays a list of all the “Users for this computer.” After selecting the user whose type you want to change, click or tap on Properties.
Next, go to the Group Membership tab, select the account type you want, and click or tap OK or Apply.
The selected user account is now an admin in Windows 11.
In the UAC window that pops up, click or tap on Yes to continue. If you want to change a user from Standard to Administrator, enter the following command, replacing NAME with the name of that user:
If you typed everything correctly, the command is completed successfully, and the account now has administrative privileges.
To demote an Administrator to Standard, insert the following, remembering to type the account’s name instead of NAME:
TIP: To change permissions for a Microsoft account in any command-line environment, replace NAME with the first five letters of the email address associated with it.
Windows Terminal is another useful tool for changing an account’s type, and PowerShell works the same way. Launch an elevated version of Windows Terminal, as described in the first method of this guide.
Click or tap on Yes to confirm allowing the program to make changes to the operating system, and Windows Terminal opens.
To change the type of an account to Administrator, enter the following command, where you replace NAME with the name of the user you want to promote:
To remove Admin rights from an account, the command you have to insert in Windows Terminal is a bit different:
Windows Terminal does not give you any feedback, but you can use the first methods described in this guide to check your changes.
When it comes to accounts intended for your children or users you don’t completely trust, there is no need for administrative privileges. However, we recommend creating at least one backup Administrator account just to be safe. Before you close this guide, let us know in a comment below how many accounts have Administrator rights on your Windows 11 computer or device.