There are two types of accounts on Windows 11, Standard User and Administrator. Administrator account can control the whole Windows 11 system, including hardware, software, files access, settings change, task execution, and add or remove user accounts. Standard user can only use installed programs and can’t install or remove programs. In another words, standard user account can only perform basic tasks.
When you try to launch some applications, you may be notified that you need administrator permission to run them. If you want to access these applications which requires administrator permission to run, you need to enter the administrator password in User Account Control. So, if you want to access your family member computers with administrator permission, you can actually change your accounts into administrator accounts to make them easily access to some applications. There are five easy ways to help you change your administrator accounts on Windows 11. Let’s have a look one by one.
Change Windows 11 Administrator by Windows Settings
Launch Windows 11 settings and change account type in the Windows 11 settings.
1 Press the Win + I.
2 Locate to Accounts and click Family & other users.
3 Find the account you want to change on Windows 11 and click Change account type.
4 Select Administrator and click OK.
Change Windows 11 Administrator by User Accounts
Launch dialog to open User Accounts Tool and change account type in the dialog.
1 Press Win + R and type netplwiz in the Open field. Next, press Enter.
2 Select the account you want to change and click the Properties button
3 Go to the Group Membership tab, select Administrator and click Apply and then OK.
Change Windows 11 Administrator by Control Panel
1 Open Control Panel by searching for Control Panel in the Windows Search.
2 Click on Change account type under the User Accounts category.
3 Select the user account that you want to change to administrator from the list on Manage Accounts page.
4 Click Change Account Type, select Administrator and next click Change Account Type.
Change Windows 11 Administrator by Command Prompt
You can also change Windows 11 Administrator through command prompt.
1 Press Win icon and search for cmd in Windows 11 search bar.
2 Click Run as administrator on the right side.
3 Click on Yes button if User Account Control requires permission.
4 In the Command Prompt, type net user and press Enter.
5 Note the name you want to change to administrator and type net localgroup Administrators “Account name” /add
Account Name means the account name you want to change to Administrators
Note: If you want to convert an Administrator account into a Standard account, type the below command in step 5:
net localgroup Administrators “Account Name” /delete
Change Windows 11 Administrator by PowerShell
The last way to change Windows 11 Administrator is using Windows PowerShell which is a tool allowing professionals or power users to automatically perform create new account, change password or change account type.
1 Press win icon, search for PowerShell in the Windows 11 search bar.
2 Click Run as administrator under Windows PowerShell.
3 Type Get-LocalUser and press Enter.
4 Type add-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Account name”
Note: if you want to change the account from Administrators to standard. Execute the command: remove-LocalGroupMember -Group “Administrators” -Member “Account Name”.