Giving a Windows XP account administrator rights

Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope

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.

Recommended method

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the User Accounts icon.
  3. Click the user account you want to grant administrative rights.
  4. Click Change the account type.
  5. Select Computer administrator, and then the Change account type button.

Alternative method

  1. From the Windows desktop right-click on My Computer.
  2. Click Manage, which should open the Computer Management window as shown below.

Microsoft Windows XP Computer Management

  1. 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.
  2. Click Users and in the right pane you should see all user accounts setup on your computer.
  3. Double-click the account you want to view.
  4. Click the Member of tab.
  5. If the user is a member of "Administrators," that account already has administrative rights. If this group is not listed, click the Add button.
  6. Type "administrators" and then click the Check Names button. If successfully found, you should get your computer name followed by \administrators and have it underlined. For example, HOPE\Administrators.
  7. Click Ok.

After following the above steps, that account will be part of the administrators group and have administrative rights on that computer.

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