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3 Ways to Create Local Administrator Account in Windows 10

When installing Windows 10, we’re asked to use a Microsoft account or a local account to set up this computer. Sometimes, you may want to add a new administrator account in Windows 10 to get administrative privileges or troubleshoot some issues. Now in this page we will show you three ways to create a local administrator account in Windows 10.

Tips: Any of the three methods requires you to first log in to Windows 10 with administrator privileges. If you are unable to log in to Windows 10 for some reason, or if you do not have administrator privileges, please refer to: How to Create Administrator Account without Logging in.



Way 1: Create local administrator account from Command Prompt

Step 1: Open a Command Prompt as administrator in Windows 10.

Step 2: Run the following command to create a new local account. Replace user_name with the name of your new local account.

net user user_name /add

Step 3: Run the following command to add the new account to the Administrator group.

net localgroup Administrators user_name /add

create administrator using command

That’s it. You’ve successfully created a new local administrator account in Windows 10 using command.

Way 2: Create local administrator account from the Settings app

Step 1: Press Win + I to Open the Settings app, then choose Accounts.

select Accounts

Step 2: Click Family & other people on the left-side pane and then click Add someone else to this PC.

click Add someone else to this PC

Step 3: Just a moment and a Microsoft account window will open. Then click the link I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.

Tips: Solutions to Cannot Add New User Account from Settings

click the link

Step 4: On the next page, click the link Add a user without a Microsoft account.

add user without Microsoft account

Step 5: Now enter a user name for your new local account and click Next.

enter user name

Step 6: Once you click Next, you will be back to the Accounts screen and see the new local account you just created. By default, the newly created account is a standard account. To make it an administrator account, click on the account name and then click Change account type.

click Change account type

Step 7: Under Account type, select Administrator, then click OK. That’s it.

select Administrator

Way 3: Create administrator account from Local Users and Groups

Step 1: Type lusrmgr.msc in Start menu Search box and hit Enter. This will open Local Users and Groups.

Step 2: Right click on the Users folder on the left pane and select New User from the menu.

new user

Step 3: Enter a user name for the new user, uncheck “Use must change password at next logon”, check "Password never expires", and then click Create followed by Close.

create new user

Step 4: Now you can see the new user from the users list. By default, the newly created user is a standard account. To promote the standard user to administrator, double click on the new user to change its properties.

double click the user

Step 5: When the user’s Properties dialog opens, select the Member Of tab and then click the Add button.

click Add

Step 6: When the Select Groups dialog opens, type Administrators in the object names box and then click OK.

type Administrators

Step 7: Now you can see the new user account belongs to the Administrators group. Click Apply and you’ve successfully created a new local administrator account in Windows 10.

click Apply