Saturday, January 13, 2024

Log in smoothly with Standard domain account and Local Admin account using Windows Hello



Windows Hello is a feature that allows you to sign in to your Windows 11 device using your face, iris, or fingerprint. It is a convenient and secure way to unlock your device without typing a password. However, if you have more than one account on your device, such as a domain standard user account and a local admin account, you might want to use Windows Hello for both accounts. This document will show you how to set up Windows Hello for your local admin account and how to make it easier to run applications as an administrator.

Steps to set up Windows Hello for your local admin account

  • First, you need to sign in to your local admin account by switching the profile in the Windows login screen. You can do this by clicking on the user icon in the bottom left corner and selecting your local admin account.
  • After you sign in to Windows with your local admin account, click the Start button and search for Settings.
  • Then, go to Accounts and click on Sign-in options in the left pane.
  • Under Windows Hello, you will see the options to set up your fingerprint recognition. Choose the option that suits your device and follow the instructions to scan your biometric data.

  • Once you have set up Windows Hello, you can sign out of your local admin account and switch back to your domain standard user account.

Tip: Use a Different finger for each profile. Scan one finger for the domain account and another finger for the local account. 

How to run applications as an administrator using Windows Hello

Some applications, such as Hyper-V Manager, require you to run them as an administrator to access their full functionality. However, if you are signed in with your domain standard user account, you will need to enter your local admin account credentials every time you want to run them as an administrator. This can be inconvenient and time-consuming, especially if you have a long or complex password. To avoid this hassle, you can use Windows Hello to sign in with your fingerprint instead of typing your password. Here is how you can do that:

  • Right-click on the application that you want to run as an administrator and select Open file location.
  • Then, right-click on the application shortcut and select Properties.
  • Then, select the Shortcut tab and click on Advanced.
  • Tick the Run as administrator checkbox and click OK.

  • Now, every time you click on the application shortcut, it will automatically open with a run as administrator prompt and ask you to scan your fingerprint. If you have enrolled a different finger for your local admin account and your domain standard user account, you can use the appropriate finger to sign in without any hassle.


By following these steps, you can set up Windows Hello for your local admin account and use your fingerprint to sign in and run applications as an administrator. This will make your Windows 11 experience more convenient and secure. However, you should also remember to keep your fingerprint scanner clean and dry, and to update your biometric data regularly to avoid any errors or failures.


Post a Comment