Windows has two types of accounts for using and administering the operating system – standard user accounts and administrator accounts. The second type is superior with many additional options that allow you to customize your system and it provides access to various system settings and files. While standard user accounts have access only to basic functions and they are limited by UAC (User Account Control). It means that ordinary users cannot enjoy the full functionality of the system. In this guide, we will explain how to get full admin control in Windows 10.
Becoming a Windows 10 administrator
In order to make an admin account from a standard one, you will need to have access to the original admin account for this system. For instance, you have two user accounts on the same computer: Test_admin and User_1. The first one has full admin rights and the second one is just an ordinary user. There are three easy ways to gain admin right, and we are going to explain them all in this guide.
Use Windows settings to create an admin account
Many users have the same question – how to make their account an administrator in Windows 10 without creating a new profile. It is very easy to do as long as you have access (password) from the main admin account (that has full control over the system). You just need to open Command Prompt (press Win+R) and type control in order to get to the Windows Control Panel where you need to find the User Accounts Menu and click on «Change Account Type». You will need admin’s password to be able to open this menu. If you don’t know the password or just forgot it – not a problem – read the related guide on our website that will explain how to reset Windows password. When you get into the mentioned menu, switch from the Standard account to Administrator.
Alternative ways to do the same:
Press the Start button and go to the Control Panel. Just like in the previous method, open the Control panel, select the account you want to convert, and give it all admin permissions.
Instead of using the Control Panel, you can use the Settings menu as it has the majority of settings copied from the Control Panel. Press the Start button, find a small gear icon (Settings), and click it. In the next window to appear click on the Accounts menu. There you will need a tab called «Family and other people». You can click on the option «Add someone to this PC» and then change the type of the newly created account.
Gain administrator access in Windows 10 using Command Prompt
In order to give admin rights to a standard account in Windows 10 using Command Prompt, you will have to be logged into a profile that has full system control. Otherwise, the system won’t allow you to complete the procedure.
Assuming you have administrator rights, this is what you have to do:
1. Log in as administrator.
2. Press Win+X and select Command Prompt (Admin).
3. In order to transform a standard account into admin type, you need to add it to the specific corresponding group. To do so type the command: net localgroup Administrators Profile /add (where net localgroup Administrators – is the function of the group, Profile – is the name of the account, /add – adding the mentioned account to the specific profile group).
4. Change this command according to your profile name and hit Enter. After that, your account type will have admin right.
Get admin right via «Local Users and Groups»
Another simple method to create an admin account in Windows 10. Using «Local Users and Groups» settings, you can add any account to the Admin group or edit that group to include the profile you need. It does not matter what way you will choose as the basic algorithm is the same.
This is what you need to do:
- Press Win+R and type lusrmgr.msc in the small window that will appear.
- Open the Users folder and select accounts you want to have admin rights.
- Right-click on the name of the account and select Properties.
- Go to the «Member of» tab.
- Click «Add» – «Advanced» – «Find Now».
- After that, you will see a full list of groups created on this computer. Find the admin group, select it, and press OK.
These tips won’t help you if you are using domain network and organization profiles. Corporate networks are significantly different from usual client computers.
Microsoft’s accounts may have another type, which will render some advice from this article ineffective.
When some system files on a computer are corrupted, it is impossible to get admin rights for any profile. In this case, you will need to restore the system or reinstall Windows.