How to change a user account to an administrator account

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

The Microsoft Windows logo.An administrator account can create other user accounts, install software, and other tasks on a computer. If a standard user account needs to be changed to an administrator account, choose the appropriate operating system version below and follow the steps provided.

Note: You must use an administrator user account to change another user account. If you do not have access to an administrator account, you cannot change another account to administrator.

Windows 8 and 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the User Accounts option.
  3. Click the Change your account type option.
  4. Select the Administrator account type, then click the Change account type button.

Windows Vista and 7

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the User Accounts option.
  3. Click the Manage User Accounts option. If you do not see this option, click User Accounts again, then you should see the Manage User Accounts option.
  4. On the Users tab, find the user account you want to change under the Users for this computer section. Click on that user account name.
  5. Click the Properties option in the user account window.
  6. On the Group Membership tab, select the Administrator group to set the user account to an administrator account.
  7. Click the OK button to save the changes. Click OK on any additional windows to close out the user account settings.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the User Accounts option.
  3. Click the user account name you want to change to an administrator.
  4. Click the Change the account type option.
  5. Select the Computer administrator option, then click the Change Account Type button.