How to change the administrator account in Windows 11

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Milan has been enthusiastic about PCs ever since his childhood days, and this led him to take interest in all PC-related technologies. Before joining WindowsReport, he worked as a front-end web developer. Read more
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  • To change the administrator in Windows 11, you just need to modify some user account settings from the Settings app.
  • Various built-in applets can be used to adjust your Windows account settings.
  • You may also change the administrative account from command line in both PowerShell and Command Prompt.
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There are multiple user types on Windows, each with different permissions. Out of all available groups, the administrator group has the most privileges.

Sometimes, to make certain changes on your PC, you need to have the maximum rights. But what if you want to change your current account settings and give it additional privileges?

This is possible in Windows 11 and the process isn’t that much different when compared to the one of making yourself an administrator in Windows 10.

In today’s guide, we’ll show how to change administrator with ease, but not before better understanding a few things regarding two different types of users.

What is the difference between an administrator and a standard user?

The administrator is a type of user that has full and unrestricted access to the PC. This account can access system files, create new users, remove users, change account passwords, and install new software.

A standard user, on the other hand, can’t access system files, change system settings, or install applications on its own. However, there’s a way to install software without admin rights.

Should I use an administrator or a standard account?

Administrators have full and unrestricted access to system files, and they can install applications. However, this isn’t without security concerns.

If your PC were to get infected by malware, it would be able to spread without almost no restrictions and perform whatever it wants if it infects a user with maximum access rights.

By using a standard account, the malware won’t be able to run without extra permissions, so the chance to get infected is smaller.

Therefore, many experts recommend using your PC as a standard user and enabling the administrator account only when necessary.

Even more, for an extra layer of protection, we highly recommend installing a Windows 11 compatible antivirus.

How can I change the administrator account in Windows 11?

1. Use the Settings app

  1. Click the Start button in the Taskbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Now go to the Accounts section and choose Family & other users.
  4. Select the account that you want to change to administrator and click on Change account type.
  5. Set the Account type to Administrator and click OK to save changes.

If the Settings app fails to work, you can fix the issue by using the command-line tool and running a few commands, as described in this guide on what to do if the Settings app crashes in Windows 11.

2. Use Control Panel

  1. Click the Search icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Type control panel and select Control Panel from the list of results.
  3. Now select Change account type.
  4. Choose the account that you want to change.
  5. Now select Change the account type.
  6. Choose Administrator and click on Change account type.

3. Use the netplwiz command

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter netplwiz. Press Enter.
  2. Double-click the account that you want to change.
  3. Navigate to the Group Membership tab. Now select Administrator and click on Apply and OK.

4. Use the lusrmgr command

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter lusrmgr.msc. Press Enter.
  2. Select your user account and double-click it.
  3. Navigate to the Member Of tab and click on Add.
  4. Enter Administrators in the input field and click on Check Names. The input will now change if the name is good. Click OK.
  5. Select Users and click on Remove. Now click Apply and OK to save changes.

5. Use Terminal

For PowerShell:

  1. Press Windows Key + X and choose Windows Terminal (Admin) from the list.
  2. Run the following command to add the user account to the Administrator group:
    add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “WR_Test”
  3. Optional: To remove a user from the administrator group, use the following command:
    remove-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “WR_Test”

For Command Prompt:

  1. Start Windows Terminal by pressing Windows Key + X and choosing the Windows Terminal (Admin) from the list.
  2. Click the down arrow and select Command Prompt.
  3. When the Command Prompt window opens, run this command:
    net localgroup Administrators "WR_Test" /add
  4. Optional: To remove account from the Administrators group, run this command:
    net localgroup Administrators "WR_Test" /delete

How can I run applications with administrative privileges on a standard account?

  1. Locate the application that you want to run.
  2. Right-click and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Now you’ll be asked to enter the administrator password.
  4. After doing that, the application will start with administrative privileges.

Can I have multiple administrator accounts on a single PC?

Yes, you can have multiple standard and administrator accounts on a single PC, so you’re not limited just to one of a certain type.

Even if you’re having multiple administrators, make sure that each account is protected with a strong password in order to prevent malware infections.

These are some of the methods that you can use to change the administrator on Windows 11. All our solutions are relatively simple, but we suggest using the Settings app since it’s the most straightforward.

However, if you’re an advanced user and you want to quickly add a user account to the administrator group, then using the Terminal might be the right for you because it only takes a few seconds.

Even more, take a look at this guide when Windows doesn’t let you add a new user account in the first place. Some of the troubleshooting tips include quickly replacing corrupted files using a specific command or checking for updates and rest assured that one of them will work.

What is your favorite method of changing the system administrator? Let us know in the comments section below.

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