Windows 10: Changing Administrator Account

Discus and support Changing Administrator Account in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I have a bit of a dilemma. I purchased a new laptop last year while I was teaching at a university. I initially set up my administrator account... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Thomas Irelan, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Changing Administrator Account


    I have a bit of a dilemma. I purchased a new laptop last year while I was teaching at a university. I initially set up my administrator account through my university account since it used Office 365. I subsequently left the university and, since I had been using a PIN to log onto my laptop, forgot that I had been using this account as my administrator account. Once I realised this and tried to rectify it, I had forgotten my password. I have been stuck with this as my administrator account. I am now teaching an online course at my previous university, so I thought I would have an opportunity to finally switch my administrator account to a personal Microsoft account. However, in signing into my university account, I now have two accounts at this email address. One is a university account and one is personal (the original account that serves as my administrator account).


    It's a bit of a mess, but something I would like to resolve before the end of the year and I lose access to my account again. I would like to switch my administrator account to a personal one and keep all of the settings, etc. that I use now.


    Thanks for your help!

    :)
     
    Thomas Irelan, Aug 12, 2019
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  2. Arul_D Win User

    How do you change a user account to an administrator account in Windows 10?

    Hi Fiona,

    Welcome to the Microsoft Community.

    I would suggest you to go to control panel and check your user account status. Right click on the start button and select control panel in the menu. In the control panel, click on the 'view by' option in the top right and select 'large icons'. Now, click
    on 'User accounts' and check if your account is listed as Administrator. If it is not displayed as Admin account, click on the option 'Change user account type' and select 'Administrator' and apply changes. Try these steps and let us know the results. If you
    have already tried, please let us know what all troubleshooting steps you have tried so far, so that we can provided you suggestion accordingly.
     
    Arul_D, Aug 12, 2019
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  3. Kari Win User
    Change Microsoft Account Details in Administrator Account


    Hi Daryl, welcome to the Ten Forums.

    It's quite easy in fact, simply switch the account in question first to a local account, then switch back to a Microsoft account, this time using your wife's MS account credentials.

    Tutorials:
    Notice that before doing this you need to remove the new additional MS account on the PC, the one you created with her credentials. Windows allows only one user account for each email address, if the new account exists you cannot switch the original administrator account to an MS account using the same email address. Tutorial: User Account - Delete in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
     
  4. Ryan Mon1 Win User

    Changing Administrator Account

    Change local account into administrator

    Hi Ankit,

    We appreciate you for providing these necessary information. We have another way on how to change your local account user into administrator account. Please follow the steps provided below:

    • Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
    • Click Accounts.
    • Click Family & other people.
    • Under Other people, select the user account, and click
      Change account type
      .
    • Under Account type, select Administrator from the drop down menu.
    • Click OK to complete the task.

    Note: If you are using an Administrator account, you could use the same instructions to change the type to a Standard User account.

    Let us know in case you encounter an issue while following the steps provided.
     
    Ryan Mon1, Aug 12, 2019
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