Whenever you set up Windows, you are required to create a user account. An administrator account, rather, one that allows you to set up your PC and install all apps and software programs.

However, if you add an account in Windows after installation, it will be created as a standard account by default. This type of account can either be a local account or a Microsoft account, and is good for everyday use. It can be used to modify most apps and settings that do not affect other users.

If an action requires elevated rights, while signed in as a standard user, Windows will display a UAC prompt for the password of an administrator for approval.

Administrator accounts, meanwhile, have complete access to a PC, and can make any changes they desire. This type of an account can either be a local account or a Microsoft account. And if an action that requires elevated rights is attempted, Windows will also display a UAC for the administrator to confirm.

If you are unsure what type of an account you are using on Windows 10, here’s how to determine it.

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Makes sure you are in Icons view.

3. Click on the User Accounts icon to bring up the panel.

4. Look for your user name here, along with your account picture if you have set up. If you can see the word Administrator listed under your user name, then your account is an administrator. If not, then it is a standard account.

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