How to Enable and Disable a User Account in Windows 7

How to Enable and Disable a User Account in Windows 7

Apr. 17, 2014 09:17 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Last time we have introduced how to delete a user account in Windows 7. Actually, a lot of Windows 7 users are unwilling to delete all of the information of this account when disabling the user account, like the contents of it. So the best solution is to disable or unlock a user account in Windows 7. When a user account is disabled, the user account will no longer be listed in User Accounts in the Control Panel, Parental Controls, log on screens, and can no longer be logged in to. However, if you logon as an administrator, it will still be able to navigate to and access the contents of the C: \ Users \ (user-name) folder of a disabled user account using Windows Explorer.

Here will show off two efficient ways for you to enable and disable a user account in Windows 7:

Way 1: Enable or Disable a User Account in Windows 7 in Local User and Groups

  • 1. Open Local Users and Groups, and click on the Users folder in the left pane to open it.
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  • 2. In the middle pane of Users, double click on the user account name that you want to enable or disable.
  • 3. Do the following steps depending on if you would like to enable or disable the user account in Windows 7.
    A. To Enable and Unlock a Windows 7 User Account
    a. In the General tab, uncheck the Account is disabled box, click on OK.
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    B. To Disable and Lock a Windows 7 User Account
    a. In the General tab, check the Account is disabled box, click on OK.
  • 4. When finishing the steps above, close the Local Users and Groups window.

Way 2: Unlock or Lock a User Account in Windows 7 Command Prompt

This way will use the net user command to unlock or lock a user account or domain account in Windows 7.

  • 1. Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7.
  • 2. Do the following steps depending on if you would like to enable or disable the user account in Windows 7.
    A. To Unlock a Local or Domain User Account in Windows 7
    a. In the Command Prompt, type either command below for the user account (ex: Example Account) that you want to enable, and press Enter.
    Note: Substitute User Name in the command below with the user name (ex: Example Account) of the user account.
    Enable local account: Net user "User Name" / active:no
    Enable domain account: Net user "User Name" / active:no / domain
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    B. To Lock a Local or Domain User Account in Windows 7
    a. In the Command Prompt, type either command below for the user account (ex: Example Account) that you want to disable, and press Enter.
    Note: Substitute User Name in the command below with the user name (ex: Example Account) of the user account.
    Enable local account: Net user "User Name" / active:yes
    Enable domain account: Net user "User Name" / active:yes / domain
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  • 3. When finishing the steps, close the elevated command prompt.

Either way you choose, you can solve the problem of how to enable or disable Windows 7 user account with ease. Moreover, if you are a Windows 8 user, you can apply these ways, too. Additionally, you can click here to know more Windows tips.

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