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

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. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.