When creating a user account on Windows 10 and 11, you can create a standard or administrator account. By default, the first user account you create is an administrator account and any subsequent user accounts are standard accounts. If you don’t know your Windows account type and want to identify whether it’s an administrator or standard account, this article will help you. Let’s get started.
Identify Windows Account Type
On Windows 10
Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
Click on Accounts.
Select Your Info on the sidebar. On the right panel, you will see your account type under your name. In my case, the account type is administrator.
On Windows 11
Open Settings by pressing Windows key + I.
In Settings, click on Accounts on the sidebar.
On the right panel, you will see the account type under your name at the top. In my case, my account type is Administrator. If you are using a standard account, it says Standard/Standard User.
Administrator Account vs Standard Account
On Windows 10 and 11, you primarily have access to two types of user accounts. They are the Administrator and Standard accounts. Both accounts offer different levels of access and control over the system and its files.
Administrator account: This type of account gives you full access to your computer. Generally, the first user account you create on your computer is an administrator account. Users with administrator accounts can change system settings that affect all users, install and uninstall applications, modify or delete certain system files, create/modify/delete user accounts, and run advanced commands.
Standard account: This is a more restricted account type and users with a standard account cannot change system settings that affect all users and cannot install or uninstall software that requires admin privileges. Additionally, they also cannot access the data of other users, be it standard or administrator. This type of user account is suitable for those who do not need to make major changes to the system or install and uninstall software and drivers.
Guest account (no longer available): A guest account is even more limited than the standard and it is mainly intended for temporary use. For example, you can use this type of account when you’re temporarily sharing your computer with others. This type of account is no longer available on Windows 10 and 11.
And there you have it! It’s that simple to identify the type of account on your Windows computer. If you have any more questions, comment below and we’ll help.