When users log on to Microsoft Windows using their credentials, they are assigned with access tokens that specify the level of privileges they would get while accessing the objects and resources that a computer has. The operating system requires this set of information in order to prevent one user from accessing the objects of the other user accounts.
Types of User Accounts
Microsoft Windows 8 allows users to create three types of accounts. Each account type provides a different level of privileges and controls over the objects and resources that reside in a computer:
- Administrator accounts – These accounts provide users unrestricted privileges on the computer.
- Standard user accounts – These accounts provide the most basic level of privileges for users. Standard user accounts can execute .EXE files to initiate the installed applications. However these accounts cannot perform any administrative task.
- Guest accounts – These accounts are generally created for temporary users. Guest accounts have all the privileges that a standard user account has, except that a guest user account cannot access network resources, and its credentials cannot be used to access resources on any computer via network.
During the installation process, Microsoft Windows 8 automatically creates an administrator account with the name of ‘Administrator’. This built-in administrator account is by default disabled because of security reasons. Therefore the installation process of the operating system allows users to create a user account manually and automatically adds the account to the built-in ‘Administrators’ group.
How to Promote a Standard User Account to an Administrator in Microsoft Windows 8?
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with administrator account.
- On the Start window, click the Desktop icon.
- On the desktop screen, hover mouse to the bottom right corner of the window.
- From the displayed options, click Settings.
- On the Settings pane, click Control Panel.
- On the opened window, click User Account and Family Safety category.
- On the User Account and Family Safety window, click Change account type under the User Accounts category.
- On the Manage Accounts window, click the standard user account that is to be promoted to an administrator.
- On the Change an Account window, click the Change the account type option.
- On the Change Account Type window, click to select the Administrator radio button.
- Click Change Account Type button when done.
- Close all the opened windows when done.