Don’t know if you have admin rights in Windows? You can find it easily. Here’s how to check if your user account has admin rights.
You can create two types of user accounts in Windows. i.e., a Standard and Administrator user account. As the name implies, the administrator user account will have administrative privileges, whereas the regular user account will not.
Generally, while setting up Windows for the first time, the first user account you create is an administrator account. After that, Windows will automatically default to a Standard user account. i.e., any subsequent user accounts you create will have Standard user rights. A system administrator can manually assign admin rights to a Standard user account when necessary.
You must use an administrator account to perform specific actions like installing applications, changing system settings, installing updates, etc.
If you are unsure whether you have administrative rights in Windows, you may quickly check. So, without further ado, let me share with you ways to check if you have admin rights in Windows.
The steps below work the same in Windows 10 and 11.
Table of contents:
Check if a user account has admin rights from Settings
As you might have expected, you can check if you have admin rights from the Settings app. Here’s how to do it.
- Open the Settings app.
- Click “Accounts” on the sidebar.
- Go to the “Your info” page.
- You will see the account type at the top, right under the user account name.
- If it says “Administrator,” then you have admin rights.
Steps with more details:
Use the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app. You can also search for the same in the Start menu.
After opening the Settings app, click “Accounts” on the sidebar and go to the “Your info” page.
As the name suggests, this page shows all the information regarding your user account. You will see your user account type at the top, right under the user name. If it says “Administrator,” the user account has admin rights.
Command to check if you have admin rights
We can use the
net user command to get the user account details. i.e., know if your user account has administrative privileges. Here is how to use the command.
- Right-click the Start menu.
- Choose “Windows Terminal (Admin).”
- Execute the
net user <accountname>command.
- Take a look at the “Local group memberships” line.
- If it says “Administrators,” then you have admin rights.
- Exit the terminal application.
Steps with more details:
First, we must open the terminal application. Right-click the Start menu and choose the “Windows Terminal (Admin)” option. On Windows 10, you can select the “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” option.
In the terminal window, execute the below command. Replace
<accountname> with the actual username of the account.
net user <accountname>
The terminal window lists the details of the user. Take a look at the “Local group memberships” line. If it says “Administrators,” your user account has admin rights.
That is all. It is that simple to check if you have admin rights in Windows 10 and 11.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
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