How to Change the Administrator Account on Windows 10

Make any account you want admin.
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When Windows 10 is set up for the first time, you need to create an account. This profile is set as the administrator account by default. If you'd like, you can grant admin privileges to any account on the machine.

This can be useful if you don't want admin privileges tied to your Windows Live account. It can be safer in some instances to localize the administrator account.

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Account Settings

The administrator privileges are adjusted in the account settings screen.

Open the Start Menu, choose Settings and then Accounts.

Family & other users

Find the Family & other users section. Click on the account to which want to provide admin privileges.

Windows 10 Change Account Type

Choose the option labeled Change account type. Open the drop-down list, select Administrator then OK.

Once the administrator account has been set, it's time to test it. Log into the new admin account and try to launch something as an administrator to see if it works.

Revoke Admin Privileges Windows 10

If you want to remove admin privileges from a given account, the setting can be reversed from the same menu.

Go to the Start Menu, Settings then Accounts. Locate the Family & other users section and click on the account that no longer needs to be listed as an administrator.

Click on Change account type and use the drop-down to remove the admin status. Click OK. The account will no longer be considered an administrator account.

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