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Create admin users in Windows

Niamh Lynch

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As part of our Windows Tip of the Week series, this week we’ll show you how to create admin accounts in Windows.

Windows admin accounts are user accounts that have permission to makes changes on your PC that effect all users. Often, admin permission is necessary to install and uninstall apps and to change the computer’s configuration settings. In this article, we’ll show you the traditional way of creating an admin account, as well as the “secret” way of doing it.

Create admin users in Windows

Before we show you how though, you need to remember that giving admin permissions to a user could pose a security risk, so be careful who you give them to, and make sure that you’ve always got the accounts under control. It’s also a good idea to make sure the admin user accounts are protected with a password.

The traditional method

The most popular (but also most limited) way of creating a new administrator account is via the Control Panel. To do this, go to Control Panel > Users Accounts and Family Safety > User Accounts > Manage another account.

If you want an even easier way to find it, just write “user accounts” in the Windows search menu.

User accounts

Now choose Add a new user in PC settings (Windows 8.1) or Create new account (Windows 7 and earlier). Write a name and select the type of account. In this case, it’ll be Administrator:

Choose account typeAccount creation menu in Windows 7

This way of doing it has several limitations. You can’t, for example, create multiple accounts at once, and it doesn’t let you configure password security options. It also doesn’t let you add a description for the account.

The “secret” method

The advanced way of adding admin users is to do it via the Computer Management menu, a hidden option that lets you control many aspects of your PC.

1. Access the Users and Local Users menu

You can access this menu via Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.

In Windows 8.1, you can open this option quickly by pressing the Windows key + X and selecting Computer Management. On older version of Windows, just type “Computer Management” into the search menu.

When it opens, you’ll find the option inside System Tools.

Computer Management options

2. Create a new user

Click on Users and Local Groups > Users and you’ll see a list of the computer’s current users.

To create a new user account, right-click inside the windows and select New User.

Create a new user

3. Configure the new user

In the window that appears, you’ll have to enter the following data:

  • Name
  • Full name
  • Description
  • Password: if you don’t want to use a password, leave this blank
  • Password options: here, you can deactivate the account without deleting it, force the user to change the password when they begin the next session, prevent the password from being changed, or set it so that the password never expires

Once everything is ready, click Create.

The new user's details

4. Add the new user to the Admin Group

The final step is to add the new user to the Admin group. Windows allows you to create user groups so that you can manage multiple accounts at once. The Admin Group is created by default, and all users in the group have admin privileges.

To add a new user to the group, right click on the username and choose Properties.

Then open the Member Of tab and click Add.

Modifying group members

Now write “Administrators” in the field, and click Check Names. The system will recognize the group and put everything in the right format.

Select adminstrators

Finally, click on Accept, and you’ll have a new admin user.

If you want more information about Windows, check back every Wednesday for our Windows Tip of the Week.

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