To change a user's group or account type

When your computer is part of a network domain, users are assigned to user groups and are granted the rights and permissions granted to the group. When your computer is part of a workgroup or is a stand-alone computer, users are assigned types of user accounts and are granted the rights and permissions associated with the user account

The steps to perform this task differ depending on whether your computer is a member of a network domain or is part of a workgroup (or is a stand-alone computer).

The computer is on a domain

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

1.

Open User Accounts in Control Panel.

2.

On the Users tab, under Users for this computer, click the user account name, and then click Properties.

3.

On the Group Membership tab, click the group you want, and then click OK.

Note

You should not add a new user to the Administrators group unless the user will perform only administrative tasks. For more information, click Related Topics

If you want a user to belong to more than one group, use Local Users and Groups. To open Local Users and Groups, in the User Accounts dialog box, on the Advanced tab, click the Advanced button. Double-click Groups, and then add the user to the groups you want.

The computer is not on a domain

You must have a computer administrator account on the computer to change another user's account type.

1.

Open User Accounts in Control Panel.

2.

Click the user's account name.

3.

Click Change the account type.

4.

Click the type of account you want, and then click Change Account Type.

Note

If you are the only user on the computer with a computer administrator account, you will not be able to change your account type because there must be at least one person with a computer administrator account on the computer.

Note

To open User Accounts, click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts

For more information about user accounts, click Related Topics.

Related Topics

Apply a unique picture to a user account

Change a user's picture

Turn the guest account on or off

Create a user password

Add a new user to the computer

User Accounts overview

Groups and default security settings

Using Local Users and Groups

Why you should not run your computer as an administrator



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