Windows 10 Tutorials 116 – How to Change a User Account Type

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Welcome to our series of Microsoft Windows 10 tutorials that help you understand the features of this new operating system by Microsoft.

This tutorial will show you how to change user account type in Windows 10.

Windows 10 has following three user account types:

  • Administrator: Administrators have complete access of the computer and can make any desired changes to it. There may be some changes which will require these users to enter their password for confirmation (UAC prompt).
  • Standard: Standard users can perform all tasks on computer except making changes which will affect other users. If any application or task requires administrator level access, windows will prompt using UAC and administrator account password has to be entered in order to proceed further.
  • Guest: Guest users can only be a local account and is used for giving temporary access to work on existing installed apps. This user does not have access to install new apps or make any system or hardware changes.

How to Change User Account Type Using Settings App:

  1. Open the Settings app, and click on the Accounts option.
  2. From the options on the left hand side, click on Family & other users.
  3. On the right side panel, click on the Account name which you want to edit.
  4. Click on the Change account type button underneath the Account name.
    How to Change User Account Type
  5. Select the new account type from the drop down list and click Ok to continue.
    How to Change User Account Type

How to Change User Account Type From Control Panel:

  1. Open Control Panel (small icons view), and click on the User Accounts option.
  2. Click on Manage another account link.
    How to Change User Account Type
  3. Click Yes if prompted by UAC.
  4. Click on the Account name which you want to edit.
  5. Click on Change the account type link.
    How to Change User Account Type
  6. Check the radio button next to the account type and click Change Account Type button to proceed.
    How to Change User Account Type
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