How to check if account is admin or standard on Windows 11

Windows 11 provides different methods to check whether an account is Administrator or Standard User, and in this guide, you will learn how.

Windows 11 check account type

On Windows 11, you can check if the user accounts are “Administrator” or “Standard User” in at least four ways, and in this guide, you will learn how.

The operating system works with two types of accounts that offer different sets of rights to use the computer. An “Administrator” account has unrestricted access to the system, including the ability to change system settings, install applications, and you can even run Command Prompt elevated.

On the other hand, an “Standard User” account has only the rights to run applications, change some account settings that only affect the user account, and you cannot run Command Prompt, or any other command console elevated.

If you must determine the privileges available for each account on Windows 11, you can do this through the Settings app, Computer Management, Control Panel, or Command Prompt. You can even run these same commands on PowerShell.

This guide will teach you four ways to check the type of account available on your installation of Windows 11.

Check if account is admin or standard on Windows 11

To check if yours or other user accounts are Administrator or Standard User on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Check the page’s header. If it reads “Administrator,” the account has admin rights. Otherwise, it’s a “Standard User” account.

    Windows 11 check admin account

  4. (Optional) Click the Others users tab.

  5. Under the “Other users” section, select the account and confirm the account type. If it reads “Administrator,” the account has admin rights. Otherwise, it’s a “Standard User” account.

    Check other users account type

Once you complete the steps, the Settings app will show you whether a specific account has admin rights.

Check if account is admin or standard from Control Panel

To determine if an account type from Control Panel on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Click on User Accounts.

  3. Click on User Accounts again.

    Control Panel User Accounts

  4. Check the user information on the right. If it reads “Administrator,” the account has admin rights. Otherwise, it’s a “Standard User” account.

    Control Panel check if account is admin

  5. (Optional) Click the “Manage other account” option on the left side.

  6. Check the information for each account to find out if they are part of the “Administrators” or “Users” group.

    Control Panel check if all account are admin

After you complete the steps, Control Panel will reveal whether the accounts are admin or standard.

Check if account is admin or standard from Computer Management

To find out if the accounts are Administrator or Standard User from Computer Management, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Computer Management and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Browse the following path:

    System Tools > Performance > Local Users and Groups > Groups.
  4. Right-click the Administrators group and select the Properties option.

    Computer Management Administrators properties

  5. Confirm the accounts that are part of the “Administrators” group.

    Administrators group members

  6. Right-click the Users group and select the Properties option.

  7. Confirm the accounts that are part of the “Users” group.

    Users group members

Once you complete the steps, Computer Management will show you the accounts members of the Administrators and Users groups.

Check if account is admin or standard with commands

To check the account type from Command Prompt or PowerShell on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt (or PowerShell), right-click the top result and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to view all the accounts and press Enter:

    net user
  4. Type the following command to check if the account has admin or user rights and press Enter:

    net user ACCOUNT-NAME

    In the command, change ACCOUNT-NAME for the name of the account. This command shows the properties of a Standard User account:

    net user m_la

    net user Users group member

  5. Confirm the “Local Group Memberships” field. If it reads “Administrators,” the account has admin rights. If it reads “Users,” the account is a limited standard account.

  6. (Optional) Type the following command to view all the administrator accounts and press Enter:

    net localgroup administrators

    net localgroup administrators

  7. (Optional) Type the following command to view all the standard accounts and press Enter:

    net localgroup users

After you complete the steps, the command will show you the account type on Windows 11.