In this article, learn how to change user account type in Windows 10. You can change user account type using Settings app or via NETPLWIZ.

In Windows 10, user accounts are mainly of two types: administrator and standard user account. The first account you create after installation of Windows 10 is usually the administrator account. This account can be used to create other administrator or standard user accounts.

After creating new user account, if later you’ve requirement of changing the user account type, this guide will show you how. We’ve got two simple and effective methods for this. Both are mentioned below.

How To Change User Account Type In Windows 10

Method 1 – Via Settings App

FYI: This method only works on administrator account. Its useful and handy to manage other user account types.

1. Right click Start Button or press W8K + X keys and select Settings.

2. In the Settings app, navigate to Accounts > Family & other people.

3. Then in Family & other people, under Other people heading, click on the user account whose type you want to change. Click Change account type button.

How To Change User Account Type In Windows 10

4. Finally, under Change account type window, choose the account type from Administrator or Standard User and click OK.

How To Change User Account Type In Windows 10

Close the Settings app, sign out and sign-in back to make changes effective.

Method 2 – Via NETPLWIZ (User Accounts Management)

You can’t follow Method 1 if:

  • You can’t open Settings app
  • You’re on standard user account because Family & other people section is not available

So here is the alternative way to change your user account type. Follow these steps:

1. Press Windows Key + R and put netplwiz in Run dialog box. Click OK or hit Enter key.


If you’re on standard user account, you’ll be prompted for administrator’s password, so provide it.

2. In the User Accounts window, on the Users tab, select your user account and click Properties.

How To Change User Account Type In Windows 10

3. On the properties window, switch to Group Membership. Now you can use the relevant option correspond to what type of user account level you want to assign to your account. Once you’re done with your choice, click Apply followed by OK.

How To Change User Account Type In Windows 10

Close User Accounts window. Sign-out and login back to make changes effective.

In this way, you can change user account type in Windows 10.

That’s it!

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