At times, you might require more than one administrator account on your Windows 10 PC. For instance, if you share your PC with your family, you might want to let them have full control over the PC by creating another administrator account for them.
Creating a new user account in Windows 10 is fairly simple. However, while creating a local user account or an account linked to Microsoft account, Windows 10 doesn’t allow you to choose the type of the user account, and it automatically creates a standard user account whenever you create a new account.
That said, creating a new administrator account is also a straight-forward job in Windows 10. Follow the given below directions to easily create a new administrator account in Windows 10.
IMPORTANT: You must sign in as an administrator in order to create a new administrator account. You cannot create an admin account from a standard account.
Method 1 of 2
Create a local administrator account in Windows 10
Step 1: Open Settings app. Navigate to Accounts > Family and other people. If you are on Enterprise edition, navigate to Accounts > Other people.
Step 2: Under the Other people section, click Add someone else to this PC option. You should now see “How will this person sign in” screen.
Step 3: Here, click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information link. If you want to create an admin account using your Microsoft account email address, please refer to the instructions in Method 2 below.
Step 4: At Let’s create your account page, click Add a user without a Microsoft account link.
Step 5: Type in a name for your new administrator account. If you want to password protect it, enter a password for the same, re-enter the password, type a hint, and then click Next button to create a new user account.
By default, Windows 10 creates a standard user account. So, in order to make the newly created account an administrator account, you need to complete the next three steps as well.
Step 6: Navigate to Settings > Accounts > Family & other people.
Step 7: Under Other people section, you will see all accounts, including the newly created account. Click on the newly created user account, and then click Change account type button.
Step 8: Finally, under Account type, choose Administrator account from the drop-down dialog. Click OK button. That’s it! You just created an administrator account.
Create admin account using a Microsoft account
Step 1: Open Settings app. Click Accounts. Click Family and other people.
Step 2: Under the Other people section, click Add someone else to this PC.
Step 3: Type in your Microsoft account email address. Click Next button.
Step 4: If the entered Microsoft account email ID is valid and is not being used for another account on the same PC, you will see the following page.
Click Finish button.
Step 5: Now, on the Family and other people page, under Other people section, click on the newly created account to see Change account type and Remove buttons.
Click Change account type button.
Step 6: Under Account type, select Administrator. Finally, click OK button to make the account an administrator account.
Step 7: To sign-in to the newly created admin account, log out of the current account or simply press Windows logo key and L simultaneously to see the lock screen. Press Enter key to see the login or sign-in screen. Here, you should see the newly created admin account.
Step 8: Type in the Microsoft account password (your Microsoft account email address password) to sign in to the account and start using it.
I do not quite understand this change standard account to Admin Account. You say at first sign in the default is a standard account, then that a standard account can’t be changed by standard account user. Which step changes this rule?
Also if I sign in at first setup of new Laptop as a local user account and do not use a password [as I have fingerprint access] do I still have to have a password on that user account when initially creating the account? The Apps Store also initially ask for a password. Then later one is supposed to leave it out so the account is not changed to a Microsoft account.
Same for the Administrator account [if it is actually created] must I have a password? Please advise or some please one help. Thanking you, JGK