Windows 10: Change User Account Admin rights

  1.    30 Aug 2015 #1

    Change User Account Admin rights


    I am the sole user of this computer.

    The control panel tells me I am an administrator but when I go into my account it says I am a standard user and won't let me change it to Administrator.

    I just want to manage my own computer and - for instance - delete files on a CD which has somehow become write protected.

    I googled lusrmgr.msc but when I put it in run was told this version of Windows 10 didn't have those rights

    thanks in advance
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  2. TechnoMage's Avatar
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    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32
       30 Aug 2015 #2

    phynbarr said: View Post
    I am the sole user of this computer.
    The control panel tells me I am an administrator but when I go into my account it says I am a standard user and won't let me change it to Administrator.
    I just want to manage my own computer and - for instance - delete files on a CD which has somehow become write protected.
    I googled lusrmgr.msc but when I put it in run was told this version of Windows 10 didn't have those rights
    thanks in advance
    Trying to delete files on a CD? Surely you jest!!! A CD is a read only device, you can NOT delete anything off of a CD.
    How did you install Windows 10 without making yourself the Administrator. I've installed W-10 at least a dozen times so far and I've always come up as the ONE and ONLY Administrator.
    But still, I have to install and use "Grant Admin Full Control" to be able to 'Take Ownership' of certain files and folders.
    Start here: And, Good Luck!
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  3.    31 Aug 2015 #3

    But still, I have to install and use "[B said:
    Grant Admin Full Control[/B]" to be able to 'Take Ownership' of certain files and folders.
    Dowloaded beautifully, thank you.

    trying to run it - double click and I get "choose an app from store" Whaaaat?

    and then when I "choose an app" (FFS) it wants a login account.

    this rate I'll be going back to windows 7
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15063
       31 Aug 2015 #4

    Hello phynbarr, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you like, you can use the "Take Ownership" context menu below without having to install any 3rd party apps.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
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  5.    02 Sep 2015 #5

    you've all been very welcoming and generous. However, your suggestions aren't solving my problem.

    why can't I - as sole user of this PC - have admin rights to my own machine?

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    the minute I select Administrator the option to change account type is greyed out.

    Perhaps you can't in Windows 10. In that case, it is ridiculous

    Thanks again
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       02 Sep 2015 #6

    phynbarr said: View Post
    the minute I select Administrator the option to change account type is greyed out.

    Perhaps you can't in Windows 10. In that case, it is ridiculous
    It is not ridiculous, it is a case of a user misunderstanding it completely.

    The user Stella in your screenshot very clearly already has an Administrator account, she is a local administrator (#1 in screenshot below). Because the user has selected the Administrator selection in the dialog (#2), Windows needs to make no changes, therefore there are no changes to be saved and further no need for the Change account type button to be enabled (#3). You cannot change an account type to something it already is.

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    As soon as this user selects the Standard option, the button will be enabled and is no longer grayed out because in that case there would be a change available, change from an administrator account to a standard account.

    This dialog works exactly the same way when you use it to change a standard user's account type. In that case the Change account type button would be grayed out when Standard would be selected because, again, no need to change from standard to standard, no change possible, no button needed. When in this case the Administrator account type would be selected, the button would be enabled because that change is possible, standard to administrator.

    Kari
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  7.    03 Sep 2015 #7

    There are also 2 types of Administrator accounts in Windows 10, this article explains it better than i can.
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  8.    10 Nov 2016 #8

    If you're running Windows 10, it assigns you as the "administrator," which isn't entirely accurate. If you pull up a command prompt and run as administrator, then type in net user, you will see indeed that you are not really an administrator. If you type net user administrator /active:yes then that will create a true administrator account. After installing Windows 10, in the control panel under users, it will say administrator, but it actuality you're really a guest. Microsoft does this on purpose so no one can mess up their account, but all it does is create confusion because you don't have access to certain things, as you've already experienced. Now using a Microsoft Account vs a Local Account opens another can of worms.
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