This minHour teaches you how to give yourself administrator privileges on a Windows computer. In order to do this, the computer in question must currently be logged into an administrator account. If this is the case, you can enable a hidden "Administrator" account that you can then use to give yourself administrator privileges at any time. You can also enable administrator privileges for your personal account if you're able to access the User Accounts menu through another administrator account or the hidden one.
Enabling the Hidden Administrator Account
Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
- In order for this method to work, you must currently be logged into an account with Administrator privileges.
- If you’re attempting to give another account on this computer administrator privileges, skip to the third part.
Type in command prompt.
Doing so will prompt the Command Prompt program to appear at the top of the Start window.
Right-click Command Prompt.
A drop-down menu will appear.
- If you don’t have a right mouse button, use two fingers to click or tap the trackpad—or press the far-right corner of the trackpad button—in lieu of right-clicking.
Click Run as administrator.
It’s in the drop-down menu.
Click Yes when prompted.
Doing so will prompt Command Prompt to open in administrator mode.
Enable the hidden administrator account.
Type:net user administrator /active:yes into Command Prompt, then press ↵ Enter.
- From now on this computer, you’ll have the option of opening the Administrator account at any time by using Safe Mode.
Accessing the Hidden Administrator Account
Restart your computer into the Advanced Options menu.
To do so, open, click, and then hold down ⇧ Shift while Windows restarts.
- You can release once you arrive at the Advanced Options screen.
It’s the wrench-shaped icon on the Advanced Options screen.
Click Advanced options.
You’ll see this option near the bottom of the screen.
Click Startup Settings.
It’s on the right side of the screen. Doing so opens a list of potential restart options.
This is near the bottom of the list.
Doing so selects “Safe Mode” as your restart option and restarts your computer into Safe Mode. This process can take several minutes.
Click the Administrator tab.
It should be in the lower-left corner of the screen. Doing so will log you into the Administrator account.
- You may have to click the Administrator tab several times to get it to open.
Changing Standard User Account Privileges
Press ⊞ Win+R.
This will open the “Run” text box. If you’re using the Administrator account with Safe Mode, this is the best way to open the “Run” box since the Start menu doesn’t always work.
- If you’re currently logged into a different user’s administrator account, you can click Start instead.
Type in netplwiz and press ↵ Enter.
This will open the User Accounts window.
- If you typed this into Start, click netplwiz at the top of the Start window instead.
Select your personal account.
Click on your personal account’s name or username. If you’re on a communal computer, you may have to scroll down to find the proper account.
It’s in the lower-right corner of the window. A new window will open.
Click the Group Membership tab.
You’ll find this at the top of the new window.
Check the “Administrator” box.
It’s in the middle of the window.
This option is at the bottom of the window.
It’s at the bottom of the window. Doing so will apply your account changes.
Restart your computer.
When your computer finishes restarting, you should be out of Safe Mode and your account should now have administrator privileges.
- Your access to Windows features is severely limited when using Safe Mode. For the full administrator experience, make your personal account an administrator rather than browsing in Safe Mode with the hidden administrator account.
- Never make yourself an administrator without explicit administrator permission.