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:
- From the Desktop view, hover the mouse in the lower-right corner to access the Charms bar, then select Settings.
Accessing Settings from the Desktop view
- Locate and select Control Panel from the Settings Pane.
Clicking Control Panel
- The Control Panel will appear. Select Change account type below the User Accounts and Family Safety group.
Clicking Change account type
- The Manage Accounts dialog box will appear. Select the desired user account.
Selecting the desired user account
- The Change Account Type dialog box will appear. Choose Administrator, and then select Change Account Type. The user will now have administrative privileges.
Granting Administrative privileges