Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls

Windows 8 parental controls are helpful, as are Windows 8 user account control features. Learn how to use them both here.

Managing user accounts

By default, the user account you created when setting up Windows 8 is an Administrator account. An Administrator account allows you to make top-level changes to the computer, like adding new users or modifying specific settings. Any users you add are automatically assigned to a Standard account, which should meet the everyday needs of most users. You will probably only need one Administrator account on a shared computer, but you have the option to promote any user to an Administrator account if you want.

To change the account type:

  1. From the Desktop view, hover the mouse in the lower-right corner to access the Charms bar, then select Settings.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Accessing Settings from the Desktop view
  2. Locate and select Control Panel from the Settings Pane.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Control Panel
  3. The Control Panel will appear. Select Change account type below the User Accounts and Family Safety group.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Change account type
  4. The Manage Accounts dialog box will appear. Select the desired user account.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Selecting the desired user account
  5. The Change Account Type dialog box will appear. Choose Administrator, and then select Change Account Type. The user will now have administrative privileges.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Granting Administrative privileges