Giving a Windows XP account administrator rights
Note: To have the rights to assign another account to the administrator group, you must be logged in as administrator or an account with administrative rights.
- Open the Control Panel.
- Double-click the User Accounts icon.
- Click the user account you want to grant administrative rights.
- Click "Change the account type"
- Select Computer administrator, and then the Change account type button.
- From the Windows desktop right-click on My Computer.
- Click Manage, which should open the Computer Management window as shown below.
- Click the + next to Local Users and Groups or double-click it. Note: If you cannot access this section it's likely you do not have administrator rights to the computer.
- Click Users and in the right pane you should see all user accounts setup on your computer.
- Double-click the account you want to view.
- Click the Member Of tab.
- If the user is a member of "Administrators," that account already has administrative rights. If this group is not listed click the Add button.
- Type "administrators" and then the Check Names button. If successfully found, you should get your computer name followed by \administrators and have it underlined. For example, HOPE\Administrators.
- Click Ok.
After following the above steps, that account will be part of the administrators group and have administrative rights on that computer.