Have you ever encountered prompts asking for administrative privileges while installing software, making system changes, or accessing certain files on your Windows 10 computer? If you have, then you know how important it is to have administrator rights on your machine. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of becoming an administrator in Windows 10.
Method 1: Using the Command Prompt
The Command Prompt is a powerful tool that allows you to perform various tasks and make changes to your system. Here are the steps to become an administrator using the Command Prompt:
- Press Win + X on your keyboard and select Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell (Admin) from the menu. This will open a new Command Prompt or PowerShell window with administrative privileges.
Type the following command to create a new administrator account and press Enter:
net user [username] [password] /add
Replace [username] and [password] with your desired username and password.
Now, type the following command to grant the new account administrative privileges and press Enter:
net localgroup Administrators [username] /add
Replace [username] with the username you chose in step 2.
- Close the Command Prompt or PowerShell window and log out of your current account.
- Log in to the new administrator account you created. You now have administrator privileges!
Method 2: Using the Local Users and Groups Management Console
If you’re not comfortable using the Command Prompt, you can also become an administrator using the Local Users and Groups Management Console. Here’s how:
- Press Win + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog. Type lusrmgr.msc and press Enter. The Local Users and Groups Management Console will open.
- Click on Users in the left pane to view the list of user accounts on your computer.
- Right-click on your desired user account and select Properties.
- In the Properties window, click on the Member Of tab. You will see a list of groups that the user account is a member of.
- Click on the Add button below the group list. A new window called “Select Groups” will open.
- Type “Administrators” in the text box and click on the Check Names button. The text should change to “BUILTIN\Administrators”. Click on the OK button to add the user to the Administrators group.
- Click Apply and then OK in the Properties window. Close the Local Users and Groups Management Console.
- Log out of your current account and log back in. Your account now has administrator privileges!
Becoming an administrator in Windows 10 is a straightforward process, whether you choose to use the Command Prompt or the Local Users and Groups Management Console. With administrative privileges, you’ll have the ability to make system changes, install software, and perform other tasks that require elevated permissions. Just make sure to use your newfound powers responsibly, as making changes to your system without proper knowledge may lead to unintended consequences.