Create an administrator account in Windows

Before you begin

Although a default computer administrator account named "Administrator" is created during installation, you'll still need to create a new administrator account and set a password before creating other accounts.

On a computer in the IU ADS domain

To create an administrator account on a Windows computer in the Indiana University ADS domain:

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click User Accounts, click Manage User Accounts, and then click Add....
  3. Enter a name and domain for the administrator account. Click Next >.
  4. In Windows 10, select Administrator.

    In Windows 8.x, select the radio button titled Other:, and then, from the drop-down menu, choose Administrators.

  5. Click Finish, which will take you back to the "User Accounts" dialog box. Click OK.

On a computer not in a domain

To create an administrator account on a Windows computer that is not a member of a domain, follow the appropriate steps below.


  1. From the Start menu, navigate to Settings.
  2. Select Accounts.
  3. Select Family & other users.
  4. For other users, click Add account.
  5. Choose whether to create a Microsoft account or a local account.

    To create a local account:

    1. At the bottom, click I don't have this person's sign-in information.
    2. Click Add a user without a Microsoft account.
    3. Enter a username and a password.
    4. Select security questions and enter answers.
  6. Click the new local account entry to expand the menu.
  7. Click AddChange account type.
  8. From the drop-down menu, select Administrator.

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