Convert a Windows 10 Admin to Standard User

One of the most vital steps we must take to secure our computer systems is to make sure that our day-to-day user account is a Standard, not an Administrator account. When logging in as a Windows 10 admin, any malware that gets a foothold on your system will have all the system powers that come with an administrator account. When logging in as a standard account, that same malware is usually limited by the reduced powers of the standard account. To do this, almost everyone must convert a Windows 10 Administrator to Standard User.

However, there are tasks that can only be done by an administrator account. But that doesn't mean you must log in as an administrator. It only means that when prompted, you need to enter the credentials of an administrator! This is why in our previous blog, How to Create an Administrator Account in Windows 10, we created another administrator. Now it's time to convert a Windows 10 account to standard user.

1. In Windows 10, click on the Start menu > PC settings > User and accounts > Other users.

2. Click on the account you want to change, and then click on the Edit button.

Convert a Windows 10 account to a standard user

3. Click on the drop down menu, and then select Standard user.

Convert a Windows 10 account to a standard user

4. Click on the OK button.

5. Click on the X in the upper right corner to close the User and accounts window.

You have just changed your administrator account to a standard account. Continue to use this account for your day-to-day login and computer use. When it is necessary to perform administrative-level tasks, just do them. When prompted for an administrator username and password, instead of entering your own account credentials, enter those of the administrator account.

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