If you have a Dell laptop that was given to you by someone else, or that you bought from a second-hand source, you might not have the administrator rights to change or modify some files or programs. This can be frustrating and limit your access to certain features and settings. Fortunately, there are some ways to change the administrator account on your Dell laptop, or to create a new one with administrator privileges. Here are some methods you can try:
Method 1: Using the Settings App
This method works for Windows 10 and 11, and requires you to log in with an existing administrator account on your laptop. If you don't have one, you can skip to the next method.
Press Windows+I to open the Settings app.
Select Accounts from the left column.
Select Family & other users from the options.
You will see the Standard User account under the Other Users or Your Family section. Click the dropdown next to the user account you want to make an administrator.
Select Change account type.
Select Yes when the User Account Control prompt asks you whether you want to let the Settings app make changes.
From the Change Account Type window, use the dropdown for the Account Type to pick Administrator.
Click OK when you're done.
That's it! You have successfully changed the user account to administrator on your Dell laptop. You can now log in with that account and enjoy full access to your laptop's features and settings.
Method 2: Using the Control Panel
This method also requires you to log in with an existing administrator account on your laptop. It works for Windows 10 and older versions.
Click the Start button, type Control Panel in the Windows Search, and press Enter to launch it.
When the Control Panel window opens, select User Accounts.
Select Manage Another Account.
Select Yes from the User Account Control prompt.
From the next window, double-click the user account that you want to change.
Select Change Account Type.
Select Administrator from the options and click Change Account Type to confirm.
You have now changed the user account to administrator on your Dell laptop using the Control Panel. You can log in with that account and have full control over your laptop.
Method 3: Using a Password Reset Disk
This method does not require you to log in with an existing administrator account on your laptop. However, it requires you to have a password reset disk that was created before you forgot or lost the administrator password. If you don't have one, you can skip to the next method.
Insert the password reset disk into your Dell laptop's USB port.
Restart your laptop and press F12 repeatedly to enter the Boot Menu.
Select USB Storage Device from the options and press Enter.
Follow the instructions on the screen to reset your administrator password.
Remove the password reset disk and restart your laptop normally.
Log in with your new administrator password and enjoy full access to your laptop.
You have now reset your administrator password on your Dell laptop using a password reset disk. You can use this method whenever you forget or lose your administrator password again, as long as you have the same password reset disk. ec8f644aee