How to Create Additional Administrative Users on Windows

Posted on March 31st, 2024

While creating a separate administrator account within Hyper-V itself isn’t possible, you can achieve a similar level of access by adding a new user account to the existing Hyper-V Administrators group on your Windows machine. This grants them administrative privileges specifically for Hyper-V management. Here’s how to do it:

1. Access Computer Management:

  • Press the Start button and type “Computer Management”.
  • Right-click on “Computer Management” and select “Run as administrator”.

2. Navigate to Local Users and Groups:

  • In the Computer Management window, expand “System Tools” and then “Local Users and Groups”.

3. Manage Hyper-V Administrators Group:

  • Click on “Groups”.
  • Locate and double-click on “Hyper-V Administrators”.

4. Add New User to the Group:

  • In the “Hyper-V Administrators Properties” window, click the “Add” button.
  • In the “Enter the object names to select” field, type the username of the account you want to grant access.
  • Click “Check Names” to validate the username.
  • Click “OK” to add the user to the group.

5. Apply Changes and Restart (Optional):

  • Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.
  • For the changes to take full effect, it’s recommended to restart the computer.

For a detailed understanding, you can check the video:

Important Considerations:

  • Granting administrative privileges comes with security risks. Ensure the new user account has a strong password and is only used for managing Hyper-V when necessary.
  • Consider creating a standard user account and adding it to the Hyper-V Administrators group instead of a full administrator account. This limits their access to other system settings.
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