How to make user account an administrator on Windows 11

Do you need to make a Standard User account Administrator? Here's how on Windows 11.

Windows 11 make account administrator

If you have to change an account from “Standard User” to “Administrator,” you can complete this task from the Settings app, Command Prompt, or PowerShell, and in this guide, you will learn how on Windows 11.

On Windows 11, you typically use one of the two account types, the “Administrator” or “Standard User.” The Administrator type belongs to the “Administrators” and “Users” groups, and it offers unrestricted access, meaning that users can change global settings, install apps, and run elevated commands.

The Standard User type belongs only to the “Users” group, which means limited access to the device. The user can still run applications and change settings, but they can’t change global settings, install apps, or run elevated commands.

Although it’s recommended to use a Standard User account to work with Windows 11, sometimes, you may have reasons to switch to an Administrator account, and if you must change the account type, you can do this in at least three ways.

This guide will teach you the steps to change the account type from Standard User to Administrator on Windows 11.

Change account type to administrator on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can change the account type to make a user an administrator from the Settings app or using commands with PowerShell or Command Prompt.

Settings method

To make a Standard User an Administrator on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Sign in (as admin) on Windows 11.

  2. Open Settings.

  3. Click on Accounts.

  4. Click the Family & other users tab.

  5. Under the “Other users” section, select the standard account and click the Change account type button.

    Change account type

  6. Select the Administrator option.

    Change account to administrator

  7. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the account will have unrestricted access to change settings, install apps, and run elevated commands.

Command Prompt method

To make a user account administrator from Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run administrator option.

  3. Sign in with an account that has administrator privileges.

  4. Type the following command to list the available users and press Enter:

    net user
  5. Type the following command to add the account to the Administrators group and press Enter:

    net localgroup Administrators "ACCOUNT-NAME" /add

    Command Prompt change account to administrator

After you complete the steps, sign out and sign back into the account to apply the changes and start using the account as an administrator.

PowerShell method

Alternatively, you can also use PowerShell to make a Standard User account an Administrator. You can do this while you are signed in as a Standard User.

To make a user account an administrator with PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to list the available users and press Enter:

    Get-LocalUser
  4. Type the following command to change the account type to “Administrator” and press Enter:

    Add-LocalGroupMember -Group "Administrators" -Member "ACCOUNT-NAME"

    PowerShell from user to admin command

    In the command, change the ACCOUNT-NAME for the name of the account to change. The quotation marks are only necessary if there is a space in the name.

Once you complete the steps, the Standard User account will become an Administrator account.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.