How to become an administrator of the Windows 10 PC: New workstations have been installed in your company with Windows 10 , the latest generation operating system from Microsoft. For security reasons, the computers are set up to access via a standard account, that is, without administrative privileges: as a result, you were unable to install a program that you needed, since the profile in use did not allow you to do so .
Although your supervisor has given you the password to obtain elevated privileges, you have no idea how to become an administrator of the Windows 10 PC and you immediately started looking for information on it, ending up straight on this my guide. Well, I’m happy to tell you that you are exactly in the place where you should be: following the instructions I’m about to provide you, in fact, you will be able to obtain, in a couple of clicks, the access privileges necessary to perform on the PC the “advanced” operations you need.
Don’t worry: you can succeed in your endeavor even without being an IT expert: the procedures to be performed are very simple and do not require the use of particularly advanced programs. Everything you need is already integrated into the operating system, so you won’t need to install anything at all: I guarantee that by following the instructions I will give you throughout this tutorial to the letter, you will be able to accomplish your mission brilliantly. Seeing is believing!
Before getting into the concrete of this guide and explaining how to become a PC administrator on Windows 10 , I have to clarify a couple of fundamental aspects about this possibility. First, the advantage of this type of account, compared to a standard account, is the ability to perform particular operations (e.g. install a program, uninstall a program or act on the Control Panel) without having to type in a password each time .
On the other hand, an account with administrative privileges can operate on practically any part of the operating system, even those which, as a rule, could jeopardize the stability of the entire computer: therefore, once such privileges have been obtained, one should avoid performing risky procedures or the exact result of which is unknown.
In other words, acting on sensitive parts of the system through an administrative account, without knowing exactly what is being done, could have as a direct consequence the need to take drastic measures – such as a computer reset , for example – in order to report the normal situation. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Finally, keep in mind that, as you will discover during this guide, it is possible to “transform” into an administrator-type user in different ways, but all of them require a fundamental requirement: you must know a priori the password of at least one computer administrator, on pain of the impossibility to proceed. At the time of writing this guide, there are no valid methods to “bypass” this need.
How to get elevated privileges on Windows 10
The quickest way to become PC administrator on Windows 10, without logging in from an account of this type, is to obtain elevated privileges after entering the administrative password : in this way, you can perform advanced management operations also through a limited account, without the need to log out and log in from an Administrator user profile.
To proceed is very simple: all you have to do is undertake the operation you intend to perform, exactly as if you were operating as an administrator. When it is necessary to acquire authorizations and elevated privileges, the system offers a box on the screen that requires the entry of the administrator password : once this has been done, all you have to do is press the Yes button and continue to act as if you were an administrator on the computer.
Similarly, if you need to run a program (e.g. Command Prompt or PowerShell , to name a couple) with elevated privileges from within a limited account, without actually logging in with a profile like Administrator, you just need to right-click on its icon and select Run as administrator from the contextual menu proposed, typing, when requested, the necessary password. Easy, isn’t it?
How to change the account type
Did you find the previous solution excellent, but do you need to operate on parts of the operating system that do not allow the on-the-fly acquisition of elevated privileges (eg the Device Management screen )? Then the simplest solution to adopt is to transform the limited user profile from which you are operating into an administrator-type user account: in this way, in addition to unlocking all parts of the system, you no longer need to enter the password administrative to perform operations that require elevated privileges.
The easiest method to complete this operation is through the “classic” Windows Control Panel , which allows you to operate directly from within your account, without previously accessing from an Administrator profile.
To start, therefore, click on the Start menu (the resident flag icon in the lower left corner of the screen), type the words Control Panel in the lower search bar and select the first result received .
After that, click on the Change account type item corresponding to the User account category , type the administrative password in the appropriate text box, press the Yes button , select your personal profile (eg Salvatore ), click again on the Change account type item located on the left, affix the check mark next to the Administrator item and press the Change account type button to finalize everything.
If you have not already done so, in order to avoid security problems, I advise you to set a password for your personal account by clicking on the Create password link in the account management window.
If the previous solution does not have the desired effect, you can change the type of account by using an Administrator profile: to proceed, save all open files and close the active programs, right click on the Start menu and select the item Exit the proposed menu.
At this point, select the Administrator account from the login screen and type, if necessary, the relative password followed by the Enter key : once logged in, click on the Start menu , then on the icon ⚙ located inside it and then presses the Account item attached to the window that appears on the screen.
Once this is done, click on the item Family and other people located on the left side of the next screen, click on the name of the account for which you want to enable administrative privileges (eg Salvatore ) and then on the Change account type button . Finally, set the Account type drop-down menu to the Administrator option and click the OK button to confirm the change. The next time you log in to your personal account, it will automatically have elevated privileges.
How to activate the Administrator account on Windows 10
You belong to that category of users who do not like Windows user account control (UAC) functionality very much , the one that foresees the appearance of all those warning windows that warn when a program could make changes to the computer, involves activating the Administrator account , usually hidden by the operating system by default.
In this case, this “super-admin” account not only serves to become PC administrator on Windows 10 , but allows the user to act completely undisturbed even on the most delicate parts of the operating system, without receiving continuous warning messages and confirmation requests generated by user account control.
How do you say? Is it exactly what you were looking for? Perfect, then let’s go straight to the action: to begin with, right click on the Windows Start button and select the Windows PowerShell (Administrator ) item from the proposed context menu, then pressing the Yes button ; if necessary, also indicate the password of an administrative account in the appropriate text box.
Once this is done, you can activate the “hidden” Administrator account by typing the net user administrator / active: yes command in the Prompt, followed by the Enter key : if everything went in the right direction, you will receive the phrase Command operation successful and the account should be operational the next time the computer is restarted .
Personally, I advise you to immediately assign a password to the profile you just enabled, so as to adequately protect it from unauthorized access: to do this, type the command net user administrator newpassword followed by Enter, replacing NewPassword the password you want to use to access the your account.
Alternatively, if you have a professional version of Windows 10 (and not Windows 10 Home , for example), you can activate the Administrator account by acting from the Security Policy Editor , the management interface that allows you to define the behavior of the operating system in certain particularly delicate scenarios.
To access it, press the combination of Win + R keys and type the secpol.msc command in the window that opens (Run …) , followed by pressing the Enter key ; once you open the Security Policy Editor , expand the Local Policies and Security Options sections , then double click on the Account key : Administrator account status , set the value Activated by the window that opens and press the OK button to confirm all, finally restart the computer .
If you want to retrace your steps and hide the super-admin from the computer again, you must once again start a Windows PowerShell window with administrator mode and type the command net user administrator / active: no followed by Enter , or go again in the Editor of security policies, go to Local Policies> Security Options and set the Administrator account status to Disabled , then restart the computer.