Changing a User's Account Type

by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 22, 2015)

It's possible to change a Windows user account type at any time. For example, you may want to upgrade a standard account to an administrator account so that you can use that account to manage the system. Or you may want to change a guest account to a standard account when it's realized that a person will be using the system consistently for a long time.

To change a user account type, you must have administrator privileges. (This means that you must be logged into the system with an account that is set up as an Administrator account type.) In Windows 7 go to Start | Control Panel | User Accounts and Family Safety | User Accounts. Windows displays a screen that shows information about your user account. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Choosing what to do with user accounts (Windows 7).

Click the Manage Another Account link and Windows displays the Manage Accounts screen, which shows all the accounts on the current system.

To get to this screen using Windows 8, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. At the right side of the screen, click the User Accounts and Family Safety heading.
  3. Click the User Accounts heading.
  4. Click the Manage Another Account link. Windows displays the Manage Accounts screen.

All you need to do is to select the user whose account type you wish to change, and then click the Change the Account Type link. Windows displays the Change Account Type screen. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. The Change Account Type screen.

At this point, select the type of account that user is to have, and then click Change Account Type. The user's account is immediately affected.

 This tip (12461) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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