Accounts Check Account is Administrator or Standard User in Windows 11


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Having different accounts on a shared PC lets multiple people use the same device, all while giving everyone their own sign-in info, plus access to their own files, browser favorites, and desktop settings.

You can add a local user account (an offline account) or Microsoft account for a user to sign in to the PC with. These can be a standard user or administrator account type.

When you add an account in Windows, it will be a standard user account by default.

Standard User - Standard user accounts are good for everyday usage, and can be a local account or Microsoft account. Standard user accounts can use most apps and change system settings that do not affect other users. If any action that requires elevated rights is attempted while signed in as a standard user, Windows will display a UAC prompt for the password of an administrator for approval. If UAC is set to "Never notify", then a standard user will automatically be denied the elevated action.

Administrator - Administrator accounts have complete access to the PC and can make any desired changes. Administrators can be a local account or Microsoft account. If any action that requires elevated rights is attempted while signed in as an administrator, Windows will display a UAC prompt for the administrator to confirm (Yes or No) using full administrator rights.

This tutorial will show you how to quickly determine if user accounts on the PC are an administrator or standard user account type in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Check if Current User is Administrator or Standard User in Settings
  • Option Two: Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User in Settings
  • Option Three: Check if Current User is Administrator or Standard User in Control Panel
  • Option Four: Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User in Control Panel
  • Option Five: Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User in Local Users and Groups
  • Option Six: Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User using Command




Option One

Check if Current User is Administrator or Standard User in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side. (see screenshot below)


3 Check the following: (see screenshots below)
  • If you see Administrator under your account name, then your account is an administrator.
  • If you do not see Administrator under your account name, then your account is a standard user.
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Option Two

Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User in Settings


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Other Users on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Check the following: (see screenshots below)
  • If you see Administrator under an account name, then the account is an administrator.
  • If you do not see Administrator under an account name, then the account is a standard user.
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Option Three

Check if Current User is Administrator or Standard User in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2 Check the following: (see screenshots below)
  • If you see Administrator under your account name, then your account is an administrator.
  • If you do not see Administrator under your account name, then your account is a standard user.
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Option Four

Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User in Control Panel


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2 Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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3 Check the following: (see screenshot below)
  • If you see Administrator under an account name, then the account is an administrator.
  • If you do not see Administrator under an account name, then the account is a standard user.
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Option Five

Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User in Local Users and Groups


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1 Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).

2 Click/tap on the Users folder in the left pane, and double click/tap on Administrator in the middle pane. (see screenshot below)

Account_type_lusmgr-1.png

3 Check the following: (see screenshot below)
  • If an account is listed as a member of the Administrators group, then the account is an administrator.
  • If an account is not listed as a member of the Administrators group, then the account is a standard user.
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Option Six

Check if Any User is Administrator or Standard User using Command


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Copy and paste the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

net localgroup administrators

3 Check the following:
  • If an account is listed as a member of the Administrators group, then the account is an administrator.
  • If an account is not listed as a member of the Administrators group, then the account is a standard user.
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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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