How to Add a User to an Admin Group Command Line

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Windows allows administrative users to change the group that users are associated with. Windows defines all users that are part of the "Administrators" group as system administrators with full rights and privileges to modify all aspects of the system. You can use this group's permissions to update existing user accounts from the Command Prompt, allowing you to create scripts and perform remote updates of user privileges.

  • Log in to the computer from which you would like to upgrade the user account. You must access it with an administrator's account.

  • Press the "Windows" and "R" keys together to open the Run box.

  • Type "cmd" and press "Enter."

  • Type "net localgroup administrators <name> /Add" without quotes. Change <name> to the username of the account you would like to modify. So if your user account was "Frank," you would type "net localgroup administrators Frank /Add" and then press "Enter."

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