During a clean installation of Windows, you set up a user account with which you have full access to your computer. However, if you plan to share your PC with someone else, you probably don't want them to have the same level of access as you.

Aside from creating multiple users, Windows 10 also lets you limit what other users can do on your shared PC by providing multiple account types, namely standard user and administrator. Here we look at four different ways to switch between these account types.

Windows 10 Standard User vs. Administrator: What's the Difference?

With the administrator account you have unrestricted access to everything that is on your system. In contrast, you cannot use a standard user account to manage system files or install new applications on the computer.

It doesn't end there. Existing programs that require administrator rights cannot be operated with a standard account. You cannot adjust a setting that affects the entire PC, such as: B. creating a new user account.

If you share your PC with someone else, it makes sense to keep these restrictions in mind. Of course, if you trust them enough, you can give their account administrator rights.

Any additional users you create in Windows are standard accounts by default. However, as long as you are logged in as an administrator, you can grant elevated privileges by simply changing the account type.

1. Change the account type in Windows 10 in the settings

The Windows 10 Settings app has become the preferred destination for personalizing your computer. It gives you access to most of the basic settings you need, unlike the Control Panel, which can be overwhelming for new users. Hence, this is the method that most of the people prefer to change the account type.

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the settings window.

  2. Next go to Accounts> Family and other users.

  3. Look under Other users and select the account you want to change permissions for. Now click on Change account type.

  4. A popup will appear on your screen with the current permissions of the selected user account. Click on it and select either Administrator or Standard user make the changes accordingly.

Make sure you click OK for these changes to take effect. You can now log in to this account without losing administrator rights. Pretty easy right?

2. Change account group in Windows 10 with Netplwiz

Netplwiz is a special area for managing all user accounts on your computer. It is a system executable file that can only be accessed if you are logged in as an administrator. When there was no dedicated settings app for Windows devices, Netplwiz was a popular choice to switch between account groups i.e. H. Standard user and administrator to switch.

  1. Art netplwiz in the Start menu search box and click the best match to open the following User Accounts window. Here you can see all of your user accounts. Select the one you want to change permissions for and click properties.

  2. Now switch to the Group membership Section and you will find the available account groups. Select your preferred option and click Apply.

In contrast to the "Settings" app, Netplwiz shows a third option that further expands the account types. These are for very specific authorizations that you want to grant the other user.

For example, you can select the Power User option, which gives the account limited administrative powers. Or you can select Guest if you want Windows to restrict you even further than a standard user does.

3. Change your Windows 10 account type in the Control Panel

The control panel has always been an integral part of Windows devices. Until the introduction of the dedicated Settings app in Windows 10, it was the de facto Settings panel for Windows computers.

It still has its place as it allows you to make advanced system-level changes that the Settings app can't currently complete. Follow this guide to learn the old way of changing the account type:

  1. Entrance Switchboard in the start menu search bar and select the best match.

  2. Choose Change account type (This option has a shield icon).

  3. Next, select the account that you want to change permissions for. You have several options for the selected account. click Change account type keep going.

  4. Select one of the two available options here, then Change account type to apply the changes.

You may be familiar with all of these menu items if you've used older versions of Windows. Regardless, it's mostly a simple process.

4. Use the command prompt to change the account type in Windows 10

The command prompt, also known as CMD, is the built-in command line interpreter on Windows PCs.

With the correct CMD commands, you can perform various tasks on your computer. The program is basically a programmer's paradise, but you don't need any programming skills to change an account type with a simple command line. The following two steps are all you need to be aware of.

  1. Entrance command prompt in the search bar of the start menu. Choose Execute as administrator instead of starting it right away.

  2. How to change the account type to Administrator, type the following command and press Enter.
    net localgroup administrators (USERNAME) / add

  3. To switch back to Standard user, use this line of code instead and press Enter on your keyboard.
    net localgroup administrators (USERNAME) / del

If you get an error message stating that access is denied when you run the command, it means you are not running CMD as an administrator. As long as you know this command, you won't have to mess with the system menus like the other methods. Hopefully you can deal with this relatively quickly.

Related: A Beginners Guide to Windows Command Prompt

Easily switch Windows 10 user account types

As you can see, your options are not limited. Now that you are familiar with all of the different methods, it is up to you to try them out one by one and find the best one. This can vary depending on the application. Some users may prefer the Netplwiz method as it allows them to further refine the permissions, while others are more than happy with any of these methods.

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Hamlin Rozario
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Hamlin is a full time freelance writer who has worked in the field for over four years. Since 2017 his work has appeared on OSXDaily, Beebom, FoneHow, MashTips and more. In his spare time, he either trains in the gym or takes big strides in the crypto room. Unfortunately, he has no time for games with his RTX 3090.

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