How to Change Administrator in Windows 10

Windows 10 administrators have complete access to every feature of the OS, unlike other user levels. By default, at the time of Windows 10 installation, you will be asked for a username and password to set up your administrative account. At a later time, you may want to grant access to someone else to control the administrative aspects of the OS. For example, if you are selling your device and just want to create another account on the device and provide administrative privileges to that account, you can follow this guide.

Before granting someone administrative access, be aware that they can control almost all the aspects of the computer. They can format it, delete your files, copy them wherever they want, change the settings, and even add additional users. So, do not do it unless you are sure about what you are providing them.

Steps to change Admin in Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start menu icon.
  2. Go to Settings (gear icon).
  3. Choose Accounts.
  4. On the left sidebar, navigate to Family & other users.
  5. Click on the user you want to provide administrative access to.
  6. Click on the Change account type. It will open a new window.
  7. Choose Administrator under Account type.
  8. Click OK.

That’s it. The newly selected account will be an administrator from now on. You can verify it by logging out of Windows 10 and logging back in using the newly assigned administrator account. If you can access all the settings of your Windows 10 PC, that means the current user is an administrator and can control all the aspects of the computer.

In addition to changing the account type, you may also create an additional user with administrative privileges. This will also grant them admin access without changing their old account type. So, you may also give it a try if they want to keep their old account with fewer privileges.

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