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    How to Change a User Account Type in Vista
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    How to Change a User Account Type in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to change a user account type to a different type that you want it to be instead.

    Account Type Description
    Guest for users who don't have a permanent account on your computer, network, or domain. It allows people to use your computer without having access to your personal files unless you allow this account to share a file or folder. People using the guest account can't install software or hardware, change settings, or create a password.
    Standard Standard account users can use most software and change system settings that do not affect other users or the security of the computer.
    administrator Administrators have complete access to the computer and can make any desired changes. To help make the computer more secure, administrators are asked to provide their password or confirmation before making changes that affect other users. (UAC - User Account Control)

    Note   Note
    This can only be done from within an administrator account, or by providing the administrator account's password when prompted by UAC in a Standard account.





    METHOD ONE

    Through the Control Panel User Accounts
    1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View)
    A) Click on the User Accounts icon.
    2. To Change the Account Type for Your User Account
    A) Click on the Click to Play button in the video below.
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    3. To Change the Account Type for Another User Account
    NOTE: You can only change another user account's name from within a Administrator account.
    A) Click on the Click to Play button in the video below.
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    METHOD TWO

    Through Advanced User Acounts
    Note   Note

    • You can use this method to change a user account type to whatever other type of account you want like it to be.
    • This method can also be real helpful if you accidentally changed your only administrator account to a standard one. In this case, you will need to boot into Safe Mode first, then use this method to change it back to an administrator account.

    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type netplwiz or control userpasswords2 and press Enter.
    NOTE: Your choice on which one to type. They both open the same window.

    3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.

    4. Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. (See screenshot below)

    5. Select a user account by clicking on it to highlight it.

    6. Click on the Properties button.
    User Account Type-user_accounts.jpg
    7. Click on the Group Membership tab. (See screenshot below)

    8. Dot the group type you want to change the user account to.
    NOTE: If you dot Other, then select what you want in the drop down menu. This would be the option you would use to return the Guests account back to a Guest account type.
    User Account Type-group_membership.jpg
    9. Click on OK. (See screenshot above)

    10. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 6)
    NOTE: If you setup automatic logon to a selected user account, then make sure you have it setup properly still before you click OK.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Re: User Account Type

    Updated 2-27-08 to include METHOD TWO.

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    Re: User Account Type

    hello.i have a problem:i had only one administrator account and after that i made another guest account.i changed guest account to administrator account and also changed my ex admin account to standard user.now i cannot modify nothing about my new admin account(change the pic,put paassword) and also cannot put the things as they were before.

    also when i try to use second method i do everything and it just says that its impossible to change type of account becuase access is denied.please tell me what should i do.thanks in advance.

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    Re: User Account Type

    Hello MG, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    Boot into Safe Mode, enable the built-in Administrator account, log out of Safe Mode, then log into the built-in Administrator account to go back in Safe Mode as the built-in Administrator.

    Next, see if you may be able to reverse what you have done to be able to gain access again. It would be best to create a new administrator account first instead of a guest account, then convert the old administrator account to standard.

    Hope this helps,
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    ive done everything but at the end when i log off the new admin icon doesnt appear....what should i do?

    and one separate question:is this possible that one account is both guest and administrator like in my case....here is the screenshot...


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    Re: User Account Type

    Are you able to change the user account type while in Safe Mode?

    If not, you can try a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before you change the user account type to hopefully undo it for you.

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    Re: User Account Type

    no im not able to change it in safe mode...when i enter both accounts it says access denied on the command prompt

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