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Published on 01.21.08 by Brent Trahan

Add or Remove Administrative Rights

This guide shows you how to add or remove administrative rights from a user account in Windows Vista.

  1. Click Control Panel in the Start Menu.
  2. The control panel has two views. The view you’re using is shown bold in the left column of the control panel.
    • Control Panel Home: Click Add or Remove User Accounts under User Accounts and Family Safety.
    • Classic View: Click User Accounts and then click Manage another account.


  3. Select the user account you want to add or remove administrative rights from.


  4. Click Change the account type.


  5. Select Standard user for non-admin rights or Administrator for admin rights.


    Note: Only accounts with administrative rights can give other accounts administrative rights.

  6. Click Change account type to save the changes.

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  1. Daniela says:

    This did not work for me. I am not sure why. Help pls?

  2. Neville says:

    I have a Vista home basic system that has my user, and have assigned it admin rights in the control panel, however it still doesn’t recognize that this user account has admin rights. I get msgs denying access to install various software and have problems installing hardware.

    How do I really get this account recognized as an admin?

  3. Brandon Lee says:

    Hi brent, im just curious as to why this is importan any more, as i read all the comment, it seems that you can only do this with an administrator account, so if you were trying to do a task,why would you not just perform it on the current account, or sneakily change your other account to administator from that account, really this guide explains how an admin can log onto another admin. Kind of pointless from what i see.

  4. Brandon Lee says:

    sorry, switched to wrong guide, and did not notice.

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