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unable to give user admin rights in windows 8.1

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1

    unable to give user admin rights in windows 8.1


    After upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 - my standard user does no longer have administration rights.

    in computer administration ->local user and Groups - the properties for the user shows that the user belongs the Group administrators.

    However when I access the user account in the control panel the user shows up as "standard" and I cannot change that while logged in as standard user.

    I have tried logging in as Administrator (using the built in administrator) - but here I am also unable to change the setting of the standard user from "standard" to "Administrator" - the "change account type" button
    is greyed out and cannot be clicked.

    I have tried everything I can think of, read all I could find on the net - but to no avail.

    Can u assist

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ivanhoe, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What other groups does Local Users and Groups show that the standard user belongs to?

    While signed out of the standard account and signed in to the built-in Administrator, see if you may be able to use one of the other options in the tutorial below to change the account type of the standard user to be administrator.

    User Account Type - Change in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1


    debug users and home user.

    Unabe to use any of the options in the article/guide.

    Actually what I think I will be trying now is to delete all of the Groups from the standard user - and then add administrator again.
    Maybe that will do the trick
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    If all else fails, you should be able to create a new administrator account for you to use instead.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    windows 8.1


    this actually worked - so by deleting all Groups from the user - adding homeuser again, rebooting PC, logging in using the builtin administrator and adding administrator Group to the standard user - all now Works as expected.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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