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How to Change Account Type on Windows 11

Want to restrict access to your Windows 11 PC? You may want to switch from an admin to a standard user account. This guide will explain how.

Windows 11 allows you to change an account type for a user between Standard and Administrator users. This determines the user’s access level to the device and applications.

An “administrator” account provides complete control of the device and apps. For example, a user with an Admin account can use the account to install and run apps, run with elevated privileges, change global system settings, and make other changes without entering a passcode first.

A “standard user” account restricts users’ privileges but offers a more secure environment. If you want to change the account type on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to Change Account Type on Windows 11

Changing the account type on Windows 11 allows you to manage its permissions and make it easier for users to work on something themselves.

To change account type on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Start menu and select Settings.
    Start Settings Windows 11
  2. In Settings, choose Accounts > Other users.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  3. Under the Other users section, find the account to update and choose the Change account type button.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  4. Under the Account type section, choose either the Standard or Administrator option from the dropdown and click OK.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  5. After changing the account type, restart your PC, then log back in using your new account type.Shut Down Windows 11 Start Button

How to Change Account Type in Control Panel

If you prefer to use the Control Panel to change account type on Windows 11, you can—for now at least. The process is straightforward but it does involve a few more steps.

To change Windows 11 user account type via Control Panel:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. In Start, search for CPL and select Control Panel from the top.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  3. From the main Control Panel screen, click the Change account type link under the User Accounts option.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  4. Click on the account you want to change the type for.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  5. Click the Change the account type link on the right.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  6. Choose the type of account you want to use and click the Change Account Type button.Change Account Type on Windows 11

The account will be set up as you selected. For example, we set it from Administrator to a Standard User account.

Change Account Type on Windows 11 (Alternate Method)

You can also use an alternative method from Control Panel to change a user’s account type. It’s straightforward, but you need to know what to do.

To use an alternate method of changing a user account type on Windows:

  1. Hit Windows key + R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type netplwiz in the open field and click OK.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  3. Select the account you want to change the type of, and click the Properties button.account-properties windows 11
  4. Ensure the Group Membership tab is open.Change Account Type on Windows 11
  5. Next, select the account you wish to grant access to and click OK.select-account-type-click-ok-1
  6. Click the OK button again to close out of the User Accounts screen.OK to close out user accounts

Change Account Type on Windows 11

Using the steps above, you can quickly change the account type on Windows 11.

You can do other things with user accounts and more on Windows 11. For example, you can altogether disable the annoying User Account Control (UAC) and add a Local user account. You might also be interested in blocking users from Settings on Windows 11.

If you need to get rid of an account eventually, check out removing a Microsoft Account from Windows 11.

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