How to change a user account to an administrator account

Updated: 03/05/2023 by Computer Hope
Administrator profile

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


The following steps require an administrator account.

Windows 8, 10, and 11

Windows 10
  1. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and then press Enter.
  2. Under the User Accounts section, click Change account type.

Change account type link in Windows 10

  1. Select the account you want to grant administrative rights.

Where to select a user account in Windows 10.

  1. With an account selected, click the Change the account type link.

Change account type selector in Windows 10

  1. Click the circle next to Administrator (A) and click the Change Account Type button (B).

Changing an account in Windows 10

Windows Vista and 7

Windows 7, Vista
  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click the User Accounts option.
  3. Click User Accounts again, then the Manage User Accounts option.
  4. Find the user account you want to change under the Users for this computer section on the Users tab. Click that user account name.
  5. Click the Properties option in the user account window.
  6. Select the Administrator group to set the user account to an administrator account on the Group Membership tab.
  7. Click the OK button to save the changes. Click OK on any additional windows to close out the user account settings.

Windows XP

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.

Alternative method

  1. From the Windows desktop, right-click 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, you likely do not have administrator rights to the computer.
  2. Click Users, and in the right pane, all user accounts set up on your computer are shown.
  3. Double-click the account you want to view.
  4. Click Member of.
  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, your computer name followed by "\Administrators" should appear. For example, HOPE\Administrators.
  7. Click Ok.

After following the steps above, the account is part of the administrator's group and has administrative rights on that computer.

Windows Command Prompt

Windows command line
  1. Open Windows Command Prompt with elevated permissions.
  1. At the command line, type net localgroup administrators <username> /add, where <username> is the name of the user account you are changing.

    For example, to change a user account named myaccount to an administrator account, type the following command.

net localgroup administrators myaccount /add


macOS Big Sur
  1. In the menu bar, click the Apple icon to open the Apple menu.
  2. In the Apple menu, select the System Preferences option.

System Preferences selector in macOS.

  1. Click the Users & Groups icon.

Users & Groups icon in macOS.

  1. Click the lock symbol in the lower-left corner of the Users & Groups window.

Lock icon in macOS.

  1. When prompted, enter your password and click the Unlock button.

User account unlock password prompt.

  1. On the left side of the window, select the account you want to add administrative privileges (A), and then check the box next to Allow user to administer this account (B).

Giving admin privileges in macOS.