How to Make a User an Administrator in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to make a user administrator in Windows 11 to run tasks and make changes that only members of the Administrator’s group can do.

The new Windows 11 also comes with these legacy account types. There are two types of accounts on Windows 11: Standard and Administrator.

When you create a new user account in Windows 11, the user does not automatically become an administrator. The account you create will be a standard account with limited rights to do or change any critical settings on the computer, including installing and removing programs.

The administrator account has full control of the files, directories, services, and other resources on the local computer. Practically, the administrator account has full control of everything on the system.

So, if you want a user to have the same rights as the system administrator, you’ll need to change the user account type from Standard with limited rights to Administrator with full rights.

To get started with changing a standard user to Administrator, follow the steps below:

Change Standard to Administrator in Windows 11

As mentioned above, you can create two types of accounts in Windows 11. A standard user account and administrator account. You typically create a standard account, then change the account type from Standard to Administrator.

To do that, use the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. Everything can be done from system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + I shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Accounts, and select Family & other users on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Family & other users settings pane, scroll down to Other users as highlighted below. Then select and expand the account you want to make an administrator.

Click the Change account type button as shown below.

That will open another settings pane. There, change the account type from Standard to Administrator as shown below. Click OK to save your changes.

The account should now be an administrator.

That should do it!

If you want to take away administrator rights from user accounts, reverse the steps above and switch the user back to the standard user type.


This post showed you how to change a standard user account to an administrator. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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Richard W

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    Your instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The only problem I have is that I’m not even listed as a user. Not sure what I have to do to be listed. Any help?

  2. I own my PC and all programs on it per agreements; however, when I open a program as Administrator, I am told to set this up. Since I am not listed anywhere as the main user, how can I set myself up as the main Administrator?

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