How to enable or disable a Windows 10 user account

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In a situation where you have multiple users in your Windows 10 PC at home or at work, where a Windows 10 account must be disabled for security reasons or because that particular user has caused a nuisance, it is a good idea to disable the user account instead of simply deleting that account. This way, if you want to activate it later, you can always do so.

In this Windows 10 tutorial, I will explain how to disable a Windows 10 account and enable it later. This can be a local account or an account created with a Microsoft account. This can be done from the computer management interface or from the command prompt.

Before you start, be aware that this only works with Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise and that your account must be an administrator account. If you are using a Home version of Windows 10, it will not work.

Disable Windows 10 user account with computer management

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Search for computer management by first pressing the start button, then enter the keyword. He should be at the top. You can also use Win+X on your keyboard, then press g to open it.

Then navigate to System Programs > Local Users and Groups > Users.

Select the user and right-click Properties.

Directly under the General tab, you should see the Deactivate account option.

Check it and click Apply, then click OK.

It is interesting to note that once you have deactivated the account, it will disappear from the Edit Account option as well as from the login prompt.

To reactivate the account , follow the previous steps, but this time deactivate and apply the Deactivate option.

If you are an experienced user who is more familiar with the command prompt, you can run a 5-word command in Windows 10 to immediately deactivate and activate an account.

  • Make sure you have the account name handy.
  • Locate the command prompt in the taskbar using Windows 10 Search.
  • Once it is displayed, right-click and run it as administrator. A yes or a no will be asked. Select Yes.
  • Enter the following command to deactivate the account.
    • net user /active:no — ; To disable.
    • net user /active:yes — ; To enable it again.

Replace with the real user name. If you do not know the exact name, enter net user and press Enter.

Now that you know, you know a bit about the Windows 10 computer management interface when it comes to users. You can use it for:

  • Remove the requirement to change the password forever.
  • Limit users to not changing the password at all, which is useful in the case of a child account.
  • Unlock a user account if it is locked because it has entered the wrong password several times.
  • You can also create a new account from here that does not require a Microsoft account.
  • Activate guest account.
  • Delete accounts.

This is a very powerful tool, so use it wisely. If you delete an account from here, it cannot be recovered, and all files and data will be lost forever. Be careful with her.

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