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How to Determine Windows 10 User Accounts

After buying a brand new laptop, you may set up your Windows first, and Windows 10 operating system needs you to create a user account. Windows 10 has two different types of user accounts, and it’s the Administrator and Standard.

So, today’s tutorial is on determining what type of user you are using right now on your Windows 10 operating system. There are several ways how to confirm which we’ll discuss.


As described above, Windows 10 comes with two different types of users (Standard and Administrator). The administrator can be a local or Microsoft account, and every personal computer must have at least one type of this account.

The Administrator type of account allows you to manage and perform most tasks that can make significant changes to your computers. It includes partitioning your hard disk, installing software, execute commands, and many others.


A Standard user account is only for typical daily tasks like run some program or software, watching videos, check e-mail, and many others. Other than that, it can access some folders and files.

Windows may ask you to insert the Administrator user account password if you try to access the specific files and folders (depends on Windows UAC/User Account Control setting). It is also can be a local or Microsoft account.

First Method: Command Prompt

In other to confirm it, there’re other quick methods which you can use, and you may prefer rather than using this tool. However, I always recommend others to use this utility.

And, that is why I set it on the first option on some particular topics. So, here it is:

  1. Click Start or press Windows Key
  2. Type cmd > Click Command Prompt or press Enter
  3. On the Command Prompt type or just copy & paste it this command-line: net localgroup administrators and hit Enter

Check the name of the users on the Members list. If the user accounts for which you want to determine listed under the Administrator, the Account is an administrator type. But, if it’s not, then it just a Standard user account.

Second Method: Windows Control Panel

Windows Control Panel is an element of the Microsoft Windows operating system which allows its users to view and modify system settings.

Controlling user accounts is one of its abilities, and this is the easiest way to confirm your account type on Windows, including the latest version (Windows 10).

  1. Launch Windows Control Panel
  2. Go to User Accounts > User Accounts


  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Go to User Accounts > User Accounts > Manage another account
  3. If you’re using Standard user while following these steps, the system may ask you to insert the Administrator user account password

On the right side of your account picture, if you found an Administrator under the username of your account, that account is an Administrator type.

But, if it’s not, then the user account is a Standard type.

Third Method: Local Users & Groups

Windows Local Users & Groups is a Microsoft Management or MMC snap-in. It’s also called the Local Users and Groups console, and there are many benefits that Windows users can get from it.

By using the Local Users & Groups, not only you can determine your account type (Administrator or Standard). But, it also gives you to control the accessibility and ability of the users and groups such as create, edit, and delete accounts.

Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions are the only Windows 10 version of the operating system that can access the MMC snap-in. So, here is how to determine your account type using this method:

  1. Press Windows Key or click Start
  2. Type or copy & paste lusrmgr.msc and hit Enter
  3. Click Group > Double click Administrator

You can check the account under the Members list, whether the user account listed as a member of the Administrator group or not. You can follow these steps using both Standard and Administrator user account.

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