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How to Unlock a Local Account in Windows 10

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The Account lockout threshold policy setting determines the number of failed sign-in attempts that will cause a local account to be locked. A locked account cannot be used until an administrator unlocks it or until the number of minutes specified by the Account lockout duration policy setting expires.

This tutorial will show you how to manually unlock a local account locked out by the Account lockout threshold policy in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to unlock a local account.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Unlock Local Account using Local Users and Groups
  • Option Two: To Unlock Local Account using Command Prompt


EXAMPLE: "The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to" error
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Unlock Local Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Unlock Local Account in Windows 10
To Unlock Local Account using Local Users and Groups

Note   Note
Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.


1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type lusrmgr.msc into Run, and click/tap on OK to open Local Users and Groups.

2. Click/tap on Users in the left pane of Local Users and Groups. (see screenshot below step 3)

3. Right click or press and hold on the name (ex: "Brink2") of the local account you want to unlock, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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4. In the General tab, uncheck the Account is locked out box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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If Account is locked out is grayed out and unchecked, then the account is not locked out.


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5. When finished, you can close Local Users and Groups if you like.






Unlock Local Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Unlock Local Account in Windows 10
To Unlock Local Account using Command Prompt

1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Enter the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

net user "user name" /active=yes

Note   Note
Substitute user name in the command above with the actual user name (ex: "Brink2") of the locked out local account you want to unlock.


3. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn