Do you know that getting administrator privileges on your Windows 11 PC will give you complete control of the device? I guess you do, hence the need to know to do that.
Getting administrator privileges in Windows 11 may be done by enabling the Windows 11 administrator account or changing the settings on a Microsoft account.
Keep reading to discover the different ways to get administrator privileges in Windows 11.
Method 1: Use the Windows Settings
You can get administrative privileges in Windows 11 for yourself or other users from the Settings app as follows:
Step 1: Open the Settings App
There are three ways to open the Windows Settings app, and you can choose any of the three as follows:
- Press the Windows button + I to open the Windows Settings.
- Click the Start icon and select the Settings app under the pinned apps section.
- Right-click on the Start icon on the taskbar, and select Settings from the options in the context menu.
You may also use the Windows search feature by pressing the Windows button + S, typing the word ‘settings’ in the search field, and clicking the Settings app (gear) icon from the search results.
Step 2: Accounts
Select the Accounts option from the settings options on the left pane of the page.
Step 3: Family and Other Users
Navigate to the right pane of the Settings page where you will find your Account settings. Click on the Family & Other Users tile to proceed.
Step 4: Click on the Account Name
On the Family & Others screen, click on the account you want to grant administrative privilege from the Other Users section.
Step 5: Change Account Type
Click on the Change Account Type button on the Account Options tile.
Step 6: Select Administrator
A Change Account Type window will appear on the screen, click the drop-down arrow under the Account Type field.
Next, select Administrator as the account type and click OK.
The system will return to the Family & other users page, and you will see the selected user labeled as an administrator account.
Method 2: Use the Command Prompt
You can get administrator privileges for any account in Windows 11 using the Command prompt as follows:
Step 1: Open the Command Prompt With Administrative Rights
To open the command prompt with administrative rights:
- Click the search icon on the taskbar or press the windows button + S to open the windows search option.
- Type cmd in the text field and select Run as administrator on the result page.
Alternatively, you can use the Windows Run utility as follows:
- Press the Windows button + R to open the Run utility.
- Type cmd in the text field and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
Step 2: Allow User Account Control Access
Click Yes in the user Account Control prompt to allow the app to make changes to your device.
Step 3: Get the List of All Users
Type the command ‘net user’ without the quotation marks in the command prompt interface and press Enter to see the list of all the users on the computer.
Step 4: Copy the Account Name
The command prompt will return with all the accounts on your computer. Copy the account name you want to grant administrative privileges and continue to the next step.
Step 5: Enter the Administrator Privilege Command
Copy and paste the command below in the command prompt and replace the username with the account name you copied in step 4.
Net Localgroup Administrators UserName /add
Next, press Enter and the system will complete the command. Ensure the username is within the quotation marks in the command line if it has up to two or more words. For instance, if the username is New Host, the command line will be in the form below:
Net Localgroup Administrators “New Host” /add
You can confirm the success of the command if the command prompt returns success information that reads “the command completed successfully.”
Method 3: Use the PowerShell
Like the command prompt, you can get administrator privileges on Windows 11 using PowerShell, Here is how:
- Press the Windows button + R to open the Windows Run dialog box.
- Type Powershell in the text field and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the PowerShell app as an administrator.
- Click Yes in the User Account Control prompt to let the app make changes to your computer.
- Enter the command Get-LocalUser in the command line to list all the users on the computer.
- Copy the username of the Account to which you want to grant administrator privileges.
- Copy and paste the command below and replace the username with the account name you copied.
Add-LocalGroupMember -Group Administrators -Member Username
- Press Enter to run the command and complete the process.
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