Whenever you start up Windows account for the first time, you will be required to create a user account. This account is an administrator account that will allow you to set up your computer and install any programs that you’d like to use. However once you finish setting up your computer, it is highly recommend that you create a standard account that you can make use of in your everyday computing activities. If for any reason you have to create new user accounts, you should make sure you change them to standard account. The reasoning behind this is that converting them to user accounts will only help keep your computer more secure.

Below are the three types of user accounts:

Standard accounts: This is an account that allows the users to use most software on the system and make changes on the system or computer that will not affect other users of the computer.

Administrator account: The user of this type of account has unlimited access in and around the computer and they are usually required to provide an admin password in order to make any change that will affect other users of the computer.

Guest account: This type of account allows the user to only access the computer but not the files on it. The only exception to this is when the administrator allows the users of this account to share a file. Installing software or hardware, changing settings and creating a password is not possible on a guest account.

Now for you to change a user account, you will have to follow some steps. However the steps you are going to follow will vary depending on whether your computer is on a domain or a workgroup.

For computers on a domain, this is what you have to do:

Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, when you have done this, click on Control Panel then click on User Accounts. At this point click on User Accounts again, and then click on Manage User Accounts. When you get here, you are likely going to be asked for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation then continue

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

2.   On the Group Membership tab, click the group you want the account to be in, click OK, and then click OK again.

For computers in a workgroup, this is what you have to do:

1.   Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, click Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety, click User Accounts, and then click Manage Another Account. Also, if you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

2.   Click the account you want to change, and then click Change the account type.

3.   Select the account type you want, and then click Change Account Type.


Windows requires at least one administrator account on a computer. If you have only one account on your computer, you can’t change it to a standard account.