Change a User Account in Windows 7

How to Change a User Account Type in Windows 7

Apr. 03, 2014 2:17 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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As we know, Windows 7 user can be created to be either a guest, standard user, or administrator type. Different user account type has different privilege.

Guests: A guest account allows you to have temporary access to your computer. You can't install software, hardware, or change settings.

Standard user: The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect the system or other users.

Administrator: Administrators have complete access to the computer and can make any desired changes.  You can install software, hardware, and change settings.

Keep reading and learn the 4 handy options to edit and change a user account type in Windows 7. For your own requirement, you can change Windows 7 account from administrator to standard user type in each opiton below, vice versa. Actually, these 4 options are recommended equally for their unique availability.

How to Change or Edit a User Account Type in Windows 7?

Option 1: Use User Accounts in Control Panel to Change Your User Account Type

  • 1. Open the Control Panel, and click on User Accounts.
  • 2. Click on the Change your account type link.

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  • 3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes or enter the administrator's password.
  • 4. Select what type of user account (Standard user or administrator) you want this user account to be now, and click on the Change Account Type button.

    Note: If the user account is originally an administrator account, then Windows 7 will not let you change it to a standard user account unless you already have another administrator account on the computer.

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  • 5. Close the User Accounts window when finished.

Option 2: Change Another User Account Type in User Accounts in Control Panel

  • 1. Open the Control Panel, and click on User Accounts.
  • 2. Click on the Manage another account link.

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  • 3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes or enter the administrator's password.
  • 4. Click on the Administrator or Standard user account that you want to change the type.

    Note: If this is a guest account type, and not the actual default "Guest" account, then the only way to change it's type would be to change it to an Administrator account type first. Afterwards, you will be able to leave it as Administrator, or be able to change it to a Standard User account type.

    how to change windows 7 user account type

  • 5. Click on the Change your account type link.

    change a user account type in windows 7

  • 6. Select what type of user account (Standard user or administrator) you want this user account to be now, and click on the Change Account Type button.

    Note: If the user account is originally an administrator account, then Windows 7 will not let you change it to a standard user account unless you already have another administrator account on the computer.

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  • 7. Close the Change an Account window when finished.

Option 3: Edit Any User Account Type in Advanced User Accounts

  • 1. Open the Start Menu, then type netplwiz in the search box and press Enter.
  • 2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes or enter the administrator's password.
  • 3. Click the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box, select the Administrators or Users account under Group that you want to change the type of, then click on the Properties button.

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  • 4. Click on the Group Membership tab, select what type of user account you want this user account to be now, and click on OK.

    Note: If the user account is originally an administrator account, then do not change it to a standard user account unless you already have another administrator account on the computer. You will lose access to everything that a standard user can't open if you do.

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  • 5. If you had a user account set to be logged on to at startup automatically, then you will need to set this back for that user account.
  • 6. Close the advanced User Accounts window when finished.

Option 4: Change User Account Type in Local Users and Groups

  • 1. Open Local Users and Groups, and click on the Users folder in the left pane.

    how to change a user account type in windows 7

  • 2. In the middle pane, double click on the user account under the Name column that you want to change the account type of.
  • 3. Click on the Member of tab, and do the following steps for what account type you want the user account to be.

    change a user account type in windows 7

    A. Change Standard User Account to Administrator Account in Windows 7

    This is to make the user account an administrator account type by adding it to the administrators group, and removing the user account from the users and guests groups if the user account is a part of them.

    • a. Click on the Add button, and add "Administrators".
    • b. If listed, select Users and Guests, and click on the Remove button.

    B. Change Administrator to Standard User Account

    This is to make the user account a standard user account type by adding it to the users group, and removing the user account from the administrators and guests groups if the user account is a part of them.

    • a. Click on the Add button, and add "Users".
    • b. If listed, select Administrators and Guests, and click on the Remove button. Here you can press and hold the Ctrl key to select more than one listed group.

    C. Change the User Account to Guests Group

    This is to make the user account a guest account type by adding it to the guests group, and removing the user account from the users and administrators groups if the user account is a part of them.

    • a. Click on the Add button, and add "Guest".
    • b. If listed, select Users and Administrators, click on the Remove button.
  • 4. When finished, click on OK.
  • 5. Close Local Users and Groups.

No worries about how to change Windows 7 user account type any more. Just choose either one from the4 options above. In addition, click here to learn more information of Windows 7 tips.

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