Windows 10: Turn all administrative accounts into normal ones

  1.    29 Oct 2015 #1

    Turn all administrative accounts into normal ones


    Hi, is there a way to convert administrative accounts on 8 of my PCs into normal accounts?
    Without registry or gpedit.msc access.

    But they are currently the only administrative accounts on these PCs.

    How do I achieve this?
    I want the data in My Documents and Desktop to remain as it is for these accounts.

    Please help.
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  2.    29 Oct 2015 #2

    On each PC go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other Users.

    You don't want to get stuck without an Administrator account so first make a new local administrator account (called Admin for example). To make life easier you can make the password the same on all the PCs and not tell anyone what it is.

    Sign off and then into the new Admin account you just created and change any other existing accounts on the PC to standard user in the same place in settings. Their data and documents will be unaffected.

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    There are some tutorials here if it isn't clear.

    User Account - Add in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Account Type - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  3.    29 Oct 2015 #3

    Open an administrative Command Prompt and run the following command to convert an admin account to a standard account.
    Code:
    net localgroup administrators lolcocks /delete
    Replacing lolcocks with the name of your actual account.
    Remember that the built-in Administrator account could not be changed to standard account by any way.
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  4.    31 Oct 2015 #4

    halasz said: View Post
    On each PC go to Settings > Accounts > Family & Other Users.

    You don't want to get stuck without an Administrator account so first make a new local administrator account (called Admin for example). To make life easier you can make the password the same on all the PCs and not tell anyone what it is.

    Sign off and then into the new Admin account you just created and change any other existing accounts on the PC to standard user in the same place in settings. Their data and documents will be unaffected.

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    There are some tutorials here if it isn't clear.

    User Account - Add in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Account Type - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Thank you, that was helpful.
    And how do I disable registry access to the normal account?
    I am using Windows 10 Home Edition on half the PCs and it doesn't have Group Policy Editior. Is there any other way?
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       31 Oct 2015 #5

    If you like, you can use an option in the tutorial below to disable Registry Editor.

    Regedit - Enable or Disable
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  6.    31 Oct 2015 #6

    lolcocks said: View Post
    And how do I disable registry access to the normal account?
    A standard user can change only the HLCU (current user) registry hive and can only view the others. Depending what you are wanting to restrict this may be enough.
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  7.    31 Oct 2015 #7

    Brink said: View Post
    If you like, you can use an option in the tutorial below to disable Registry Editor.


    Regedit - Enable or Disable
    Thank you, Brink. Let me know the next time you visit your planet, I would like to visit, but I don't have my own ride.


    halasz said: View Post
    A standard user can change only the HLCU (current user) registry hive and can only view the others. Depending what you are wanting to restrict this may be enough.
    Okay, thanks.
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