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How to Enable or Disable an User Account in Windows

Ever wonders how enable or disable an user account in Windows? Here is how.


Enable or Disable User Account in “Local Users and Groups”

  • Open Local Users and Groups, and click/tap on the Users folder in the left pane to open it.
  • In the middle pane of Users, double click/tap on the user account name (ex: Example-Account) that you want to enable or disable.

To Enable and Unlock a User Account, in the General tab, uncheck the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below.
To Disable and Lock a User Account, in the General tab, check the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below.

  • When finished, close the Local Users and Groups window.

Enable or Disable User Account in an “Elevated Command Prompt”

  • Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7 or Windows 8.
  • In the elevated command prompt, type either command below and press Enter.
Net user
Net user /domain
  •  In the elevated command prompt, type either command below for the user account that you want to see is enabled or disable, and press Enter. This will allow you to see the Account active details and more of the user account. Yes = enabled and No = disabled. Substitute User Name in the command below with the user name of the user account you want within quotes.
Net user "User Name"
 Net user "User Name" /domain

 To Enable a Local or Domain User Account, in the elevated command prompt, type either the command below for the user account that you want to enable, and press Enter.

Net user "User Name" /active:yes
Net user "User Name" /active:yes /domain

 To Disable a Local or Domain User Account, in the elevated command prompt, type either command below for the user account (ex: Example Account) that you want to disable, and press Enter.

Net user "User Name" /active:no
Net user "User Name" /active:no /domain
  •  When finished, close the elevated command prompt.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.

Nik

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