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How to create local administrator account on Windows 11

Windows 11 lets you create a local administrator account using Settings, Command Prompt, and PowerShell – here's how.

Windows 11 local admin account

On Windows 11, a local administrator account gives the user full access to the device, allowing to change personal and system settings, install applications, and manage other users.

The only caveat is that when you create a new local account, by default, Windows 11 sets it up as a “Standard” account which is very is limited to basic tasks. A user with type of account can only change some personalization settings and run apps, and they can’t change system settings, install or uninstall apps, or manage other users. However, you can still create an administrator account, you only need to perform a few extra steps.

This guide will teach you different approaches to creating an administrator Windows 11 account through Settings, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

Create local admin account on Windows 11

To create an administrator local account through the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

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

  3. Click on Accounts.

  4. Click the Family & other users page on the right side.

  5. Under the “Other users” section, click the Add account button.

    Add account

  6. Click the I don’t have this person’s sign-in information option.

    Skip Microsoft account option

  7. Click the Add a user without a Microsoft account option.

    Windows 11 local account option

  8. Create a Windows 11 administrator account by confirming a name and password.

    Windows 11 local account info

  9. Create the security questions and answers to recover the account if the password is lost.

  10. Click the Next button.

  11. Select the newly created account and click the Change account type button.

    Change account type

  12. Use the “Account type” drop-down menu and select the Administrator option.

    Change Standard to Administrator

  13. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the new account will appear on Windows 11.

Enable default Administrator account

If you have to enable the default “Administrator” account instead, then you can use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

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

  3. Expand Local Users and Groups on the left pane.

  4. Select the Users item.

  5. Right-click the Administrator user on the right side and select the Properties option.

    Computer Management open user properties

  6. Clear the Account is a disabled option.

    Enable default admin account

  7. Click the Apply button.

  8. Click the OK button.

After you complete the steps, the built-in Administrator account will enable on the computer.

Create local admin account with Command Prompt on Windows 11

To create an administrator account on Windows 11 with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

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

  3. Type the following command to create a new account and press Enter:

    net user USER-NAME PASSWORD /add

    Create local account command

    In the command, make sure to change USER-NAME and PASSWORD with the credentials you want to use for the new user account.

  4. Type the following command to make the newly created account administrator and press Enter:

    net localgroup administrators USER-ACCOUNT /add

    In the command, make sure to replace USER-ACCOUNT with the account name you want to add to the administrators’ group.

After you complete the steps, the administrator account will be created on Windows 11.

Create local admin account with PowerShell on Windows 11

To create an administrator account with PowerShell commands, 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 temporarily store the password inside a string in the “$Password” variable and press Enter:

    $Password = Read-Host -AsSecureString
  4. Type the password for the new Windows 11 admin account and press Enter.

  5. Type the following command to create the new administrator account with PowerShell and press Enter:

    New-LocalUser "NEW-ACCOUNT-NAME" -Password $Password -FullName "USER-FULL-NAME" -Description "DESCRIPTION"

    PowerShell create account

    In the command, make sure to change NEW-ACCOUNT-NAME for the account name and USER-FULL-NAME for the user’s full name. Also, replace DESCRIPTION with the description you want to use for the account.

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

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

    PowerShell change account type

    In the command, change NEW-ACCOUNT-NAME for the account name.

Once you complete the steps, the new administrator local account will be available on Windows 11 giving the user full access to the device.