Unlock Local Account in Windows 10  

    Unlock Local Account in Windows 10

    Unlock Local Account in Windows 10

    How to Unlock a Local Account in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    23 Jul 2022
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    How to Unlock a Local Account in Windows 10

    information   Information
    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
    Unlock Local Account in Windows 10-referenced_account_is_currently_locked_out.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    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)

    Unlock Local Account in Windows 10-account_is_locked_out_lusrmgr-1.jpg

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


    Unlock Local Account in Windows 10-account_is_locked_out_lusrmgr-2.png

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






    OPTION TWO

    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.

    Unlock Local Account in Windows 10-unlock_account-command.png


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink






  1. Posts : 134
    Windows 10
       #1

    Both of these options require an additional administrator account to unlock the locked account correct?
    What if the only administrator account on the computer is locked for 99999 minutes?
    This is assuming the built-in Administrator account can be locked as well.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 15,995
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3448
       #2

    yesir360 said:
    What if the only administrator account on the computer is locked for 99999 minutes?
    Don't let yourself get into that position.
    It could be even worse - what if the only administrator account on the computer was corrupt?

    Always have one [or two] additional, spare, local, password-protected Admin accounts set up ready. Write each password down somewhere secure yet accessible.
    my ditty - Create two spare local, password-protected Admin accounts [post #2] - TenForums


    Denis
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 66,601
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    yesir360 said:
    Both of these options require an additional administrator account to unlock the locked account correct?
    What if the only administrator account on the computer is locked for 99999 minutes?
    This is assuming the built-in Administrator account can be locked as well.
    Hello,

    In addition, you could try using option 5 in the tutorial below to enable the built-in Administrator account at boot to sign in to and unlock your account.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 134
    Windows 10
       #4

    Brink said:
    Hello,

    In addition, you could try using option 5 in the tutorial below to enable the built-in Administrator account at boot to sign in to and unlock your account.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10
    Was wondering if the built-in Administrator account could be locked as well...
    I'm going to assume no, and that even if it was, you could disable then re-enable it to fix it...
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 66,601
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #5

    yesir360 said:
    Was wondering if the built-in Administrator account could be locked as well...
    I'm going to assume no, and that even if it was, you could disable then re-enable it to fix it...
    Usually it will only be for a specific account that gets locked.
      My Computers


 

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