Windows 10: I am unable to switch my user account from standard to administrator

Discus and support I am unable to switch my user account from standard to administrator in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I recently bought my laptop. I only had one administrator account at that moment. Later I switched that account to standard and it asked me to restart... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by NoorA Rahman, Aug 25, 2021.

  1. I am unable to switch my user account from standard to administrator


    I recently bought my laptop. I only had one administrator account at that moment. Later I switched that account to standard and it asked me to restart my laptop. Now I am unable to install many apps as they require to make changes in the laptop. So, I tried to change my account back and when I went to "user accounts" and clicked on "change user type" a box pops up and says:" Do you want to allow this app app to make changes to your device If you want to continue, enter an admin user name and password' But there is no option to enter the username or password as there is no other account in t

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    NoorA Rahman, Aug 25, 2021
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  2. E-one Win User

    Is there still reason to use standard user account in Windows OS?

    Thanks to all for taking the trouble to share your opinion. I personally have always had two accounts on my computer – administrator for administrator actions and standard for everyday use. The reason I'm asking is that some legitimate modern programs still require administrative permissions to run them in standard user. I suspect that some legitimate modern programs are unable to install updates in standard user even with administrative permissions. And some programs have limited functionality in standard user account. Last but not least, it's an extra work to set up and administer two accounts for one user of the computer and it takes up more space (relevant for SSD). This is all quite annoying.

    As I’m the only user of my computer my only concern is adequate virus protection. I'm well aware of all the everyday hazard associated with using the computer in this day and age. I know how to use and properly configure antivirus software and firewall. So what I’m trying to find an answer to is whether or not UAC turns an administrator account into what is known as a protected administrator account, basically, an administrator account that runs with standard user account privileges. And if not, how much of a benefit for me to use standard user account for everyday work considering that I frequently have to deal with some of my programs constantly requiring administrative permissions to run and some are unable to install updates even with elevated permissions [in standard account].
     
    E-one, Aug 25, 2021
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  3. Is there still reason to use standard user account in Windows OS?

    UAc only puts prompts on the screen. Guest/standard acount have many settings disabled. Which those settings are adjusted by the admin.

     
    eidairaman1, Aug 25, 2021
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  4. E-one Win User

    I am unable to switch my user account from standard to administrator

    Is there still reason to use standard user account in Windows OS?

    Hi all!

    Suppose I'm the only user of the computer. Suppose I have User Account Control activated. Is there or are there still reasons to create and use standard user account for everyday work? As far as I understand, with User Account Control active I have the permissions of a standard user even if I'm logged on as an administrator. If I use administrator account for everyday work does User Account Control give me EXACTLY the same level of protection from viruses and malware and from making accidental system-wide changes as standard user account with active UAC? I don't imply that UAC protects me from viruses and malware. I use proper antivirus software for that.

    In other words, do I get the same level of protection when I use administrator account with UAC enabled and when I use standard account with UAC enabled? Is it true that UAC turns an administrator account into what is know as a protected administrator account, basically, an administrator account that runs with standard user account privileges? Or does standard user account with UAC enabled gives me yet higher level of protection over administrator account with UAC enabled?
     
    E-one, Aug 25, 2021
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