How to Add User to Local Administrator Group in Windows

add user to administrator group

Generally, in Windows, a user account belonging to the administrator group is called an administrator account. As we know, only the administrator account has full rights to control the Windows computer, while the standard accounts and guest accounts have no permission to perform most common tasks such as changing system settings and installing software. If you are a standard user without admin rights on your computer, it may bring so much inconvenience and trouble for you. But never mind, you can add any user existing in your Windows to local administrator group to grand it administrator privileges.

Two ways to add a user to the local administrator group in Windows

Tips: It requires you to log into your Windows as administrator when you use any one of the two ways.

Way 1: Add user to the local administrator group in Windows Computer Management

Step 1: Right-click on Computer/My Computer, and select Manage.

Step 2: Expand Local User and Groups. And select Users folder.

Step 3: It lists all existing users on your Windows. Right-click on the user you want to add to the local administrator group, and select Properties.

Select user

Step 4: The Properties dialog opens. Select the Member Of tab. You can see which group the user belongs to. Then click on the Add button.

Click Add button

Step 5: The Select Groups dialog opens. Click the Advanced button.


Step 6: Click on the Find Now button. Then it displays all groups. Select your target local administrator group name, and click on OK.

Step 7: Click on OK to add this user to the local administrator group.

Add this user to local admin group

Way 2: Add user to the local administrator group using Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt dialog.

In Windows 8/8.1/10 and Windows Server 2012/2008, press Win + X keys combination and select Command Prompt (Admin).

Bring out Command Prompt

In Windows 7/Vista, click on Start -> All Programs -> Accessories, right-click on the Command Prompt and select Run as administrator to open Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: View all local groups

In the Command Prompt dialog, run the command: net localgroup. It will list all your local groups.

View all groups

Step 3: Add the user to the local administrator group

Run the command: net localgroup Administrators [username] /add. Replace [username] with your user you want to add to the local admin group and replace “Administrators” with your local administrator group name.

Run command to add to admin group

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