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Windows 7: Account Lockout - Unlock a Locked Out User Account

19 Mar 2010   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Account Lockout - Unlock a Locked Out User Account

How to Unlock a Locked Out User Account in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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23 Mar 2011   #10
HDM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
 
 

Thanks for the tut man

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23 Mar 2011   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome HDM.
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12 Apr 2011   #12
user417

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Can you do that with Windows 7 home premium?
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13 Apr 2011   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello User417,

You can type in the command below in a elevated command prompt (Run as administrator), and press enter to unlock a specific username.

net user /active:yes username


You could also Set an Account Lockout Duration for Locked Out User Accounts to have them unlock automatically after XX amount of minutes.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Apr 2011   #14
user417

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Thank you for your input.
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13 Apr 2011   #15
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome mate.
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04 Aug 2013   #16
liamwli

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

How do you unlock it if there is no access to another admin account?
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04 Aug 2013   #17
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Liam,

It depends on what the account lockout duration was set to. By default, you must wait 30 minutes before the account is automatically unlocked.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 May 2014   #18
PReinie

7, XP, osx, ios
 
 
Extend lockout.

In the first part, "it's" should be "its" in "was locked out when it reached it's account lockout threshold of invalid logon attempts".

Does anyone know if once the account is locked if continually entering the wrong password will extend the locked out duration from the point of last failed (wrong password) entry?

Say the lockout is for 30 minutes, and 15 minutes into the locked out period you try entering the password incorrectly does it extend the locked out period from that point or is the original lockout 30 minutes still in effect and further attempts are just ignored?

If the locked out period is extended, does that happen only if the invalid attempts are re-exceed or does each invalid attempt extend it?

My concern is if one doesn't know exatly when they got locked (they didn't look at the time) and they think it's been (say) 30 minutes, but it's only been 27 and they try again.
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16 May 2014   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello PReinie,

If you enter the wrong password again, the set account lockout threshold will just start over. It doesn't accumulate.
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