How to Change a Guest Account to Administrator

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How to Change a Guest Account to Administrator
In an emergency, administrator privileges might need to be available to others. (computer for work image by lidia_smile from

Sometimes it is necessary to change a guest account to an administrative account. One reason might be that you need to retrieve files from a corrupted administrative account. It is also a good precaustion for a guest account to have access the account holder's system files in the event of a death or major illness. Making a guest account into an administrative account is a fairly easy task that can be done by creating a command prompt file.

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Things you need

  • Windows-based computer

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  1. 1

    Sign in using a guest account. Guest accounts have to be created by an administrator.

  2. 2

    Open a Notepad file.

  3. 3

    Type the following phrases in the document:

    net localgroup guests guest /delete

    net localgroup administrators guest /add

  4. 4

    Save the altered file as a .bat file type. You can name it anything you'd like. Exit Notepad.

  5. 5

    Find the .bat file in your folders and double-click on its name. A command prompt window (a black text box) will appear on your screen. After it is finished running the commands, it should close itself. This indicates that you have successfully added the account.

Tips and warnings

  • Entering the administrative account via safe mode will enable you to create a guest account on the system.

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