How to change Standard User account to Admin account in Windows 10 [Tip]

Standard User/Admin Windows 10An integral part of the Windows operating system is opening it up and allowing for multiple user accounts. That way when we are sharing a computer with our family or friends, we can have some privacy. More than that, having multiple user accounts also allows us to have our own programs, settings and a more personal environment set to our own needs.

Windows 10 continues the trend of allowing us to have multiple user accounts, but as with many of the Windows features, finding out how to control them is slightly different. We’ve already shown you how to add and manage user accounts in Windows 10. Now, more specifically, let’s show you how to add an admin account so you can have those administrator permissions and rule your OS world.


  • You must be logged in as an administrator for you to be able to make changes and give a standard user administrator permissions. You can’t just give yourself admin rights without permission first.


  1. Start by adding the user account you want to give the admin rights to if you haven’t already.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Navigate to the Account group of settings.
  4. Look in the ‘Family & other users’ and scroll down until you get to ‘Other users’.
  5. In here, you will see all the accounts you have created.
  6. Click over and highlight the user name you want to give the admin permissions and choose ‘Change account type’.
  7. You will now see a new pop-up window on the display.
  8. Use the drop down menu to select the account type form the list. In this instance, change the ‘Standard User’ to the ‘Administrator’.
  9. Click the ‘OK” button toward the bottom right of the screen and you’re done.

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  • Mikerman

    [@Seymour] I’m in your camp as well, Seymour, but haven’t had any issue here–I simply have gone through the basic Windows setup and Windows sets me up with my Administrator account automatically. (I know that I then should set up and use a separate non-Administrator account, for security, but candidly, I get tired of the popup barriers I get when proceeding that way.)

  • Seymour

    I wish Microsoft would learn the term “optional”. Their imposition of requiring accounts on a machine give me more problems than anything else they do. I do not need or want to have “accounts” on my machines. I am the only user, there are no children (or anyone else) that has access to my computers. Every time Microsoft comes out with a new version of Windows, I have to fight this battle all over again, usually affects my shared network folders also where I do not want to have to enter a password. Yes, I know I can eventually find a setting to disable this, but it may or may not always work and should not be necessary anyway. This kind of stuff should be opt-in instead of opt-out.

    Accounts are fine for anyone who wants or needs them, I do not. Microsoft should provide a way to disable this “feature” as it’s a real PITA for me.