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Where Do I Change User Privileges in Windows 8?

This Tutorial addresses:
  • User Accounts
  • Windows 8
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Where Do I Change User Privileges in Windows 8?

While installing Windows 8, the installation process prompts the installer to create a new user account before the process completes. The user account that is created during the installation process is automatically added to the built-in local group named Administrators. When a user account is added to Administrators group, every time that account is used to log on to the computer, it gets unrestricted privileges to the entire operating system.

If more user accounts are required after the installation, administrators of the computer can do so by going to Control Panel. However, this type of user account creation process allows administrators to choose the type of newly created user account. The two types of user accounts that administrators can create from Control Panel are:

  1. Standard Account – This account type has no administrator rights on the computer, and can perform limited tasks only such as opening and closing applications, viewing computer configurations, etc.
  2. Administrator Account – As discussed above, this account has unlimited and unrestricted privileges to the computer and can perform any task including installing and uninstalling applications, making appropriate configurations in the operating system, etc.


  • Apart from allowing administrators to create standard or administrator user accounts, Control Panel in Windows 8 also allows them to change the privilege level of any existing user account. This means that administrator account can be demoted to a standard user account with no privileges, and a standard user account can be promoted to the administrator account to gain unrestricted privileges on the computer.

    Where Do I Change Account Type of a Standard User in Windows 8

    In order to change user account type of a standard user to administrator in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below should be followed:

    1. Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator account.
    2. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go the desktop window.
    3. Once on the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner.
    4. From the displayed options, click Settings.
    5. From the Settings pane, click Control Panel.
    6. On Control Panel window, click User Accounts and Family Safely category.
    7. On User Accounts and Family Safely window, click Change Account Type under User Accounts category from the right pane.



    8. On Manage Accounts window, click the standard user account whose account type is to be changed.
    9. On Change an Account window, from the available options, click Change the account type.
    10. On Change Account Type window, click to select the Administrator radio button to change the privileges of the selected user.



    11. Close Change an Account window when done.

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