How to Change User Account Type in Windows 11

Want to add or remove admin privileges to users in Windows 11? Here is how to change the user account type in Windows 11 OS.

The first user account you create in Windows 11 will always have administrative privileges. Any subsequent user accounts you make, be it an online or offline account, are set as Standard Users. If you are wondering, a Standard user account is limited compared to an Administrator account. For example, Standard users cannot freely install applications, make advanced system changes, and more.

Though limited, a Standard user account is handy when you have multiple users and want them managed, restricted, and protected. For example, if you create a user account for your child, elderly, or another family member, it is better to set their user account as a Standard User. That way, your system will be safe from unwanted applications, configuration changes, etc.

As good as the default configuration is, there will be times when you need to change the account type in Windows 11. For instance, maybe you want to make a Standard user to Administrator user to install some application. Once that is done, you can change their user account type back to Standard user.

Thankfully, Windows 11 makes it really easy to change an Administrator user account to a Standard user account or a Standard user account to an administrator user account. All it takes is a few clicks.

So, without further ado, let me show you how to change user account type in Windows 11 with simple and easy steps.

Important notes:

Before you can modify the Windows 11 account type, you need to consider a few essential things. Here they are:

  • You need admin rights to modify the user account type.
  • You cannot change the user account type of the account you are currently logged into.
  • Standard users cannot modify the account type of other users.
  • A standard user account is limited compared to an Administrator user account.

Change account type in Windows 11

You can change the Windows 11 account type from the Account page in the Settings app. It is as easy as selecting a user account type from the dropdown menu. Here is how to do it in simple and easy steps.

  1. Launch Settings in Windows 11.
  2. Click on “Accounts” on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the “Family & other users” option.
  4. Example the user account.
  5. Press the “Change account type” button.
  6. Select the account type from the dropdown menu.
  7. Click the “Ok” button.
  8. Close the Settings app.
  9. With that, you have successfully changed the user account type in Windows 11.

Steps with screenshots and more detail:

Since we can modify the Windows 11 user account type from the Settings app, we need to open it first. You can use the “Win + I” shortcut or click the “Settings” icon in the Quick Settings panel.

After opening the Windows 11 PC Settings app, choose the “Accounts” option on the sidebar. This is where you will find all the user account-related options. Since we want to change the account type of another user, click on the “Family & other users” option.

click family and other users option Windows 11 settings app

This page shows all the user accounts on your computer. Click and expand the user account you want to modify the account type. Next, click on the “Change account type” button.

click the change account type button in Windows 11

The above action will open a configuration window. Here, select the account from the dropdown menu. For example, I want to make the “WindowsLoop” user an administrator. So, I chose the “Administrator” option from the dropdown menu. Click the “Ok” button to save changes.

change Windows 11 user account type

As soon as you do that, the account type is changed instantly. You can now safely close the Settings app.

Windows 11 user account type changed

That is all. It is that simple to change Windows 11 account type.

I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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