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Local Users and Groups Manager - Open

How to Open "Local Users and Groups" in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
20 Apr 2009
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How to Open "Local Users and Groups" in Windows 7 and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to open Local Users and Groups so you can secure and manage user accounts and groups that are stored locally on your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer.

By using Local Users and Groups, you can limit the ability of users and groups to perform certain actions by assigning rights and permissions to them. A right authorizes a user to perform certain actions on a computer, such as backing up files and folders or shutting down a computer. A permission is a rule that is associated with an object (usually a file, folder, or printer), and it regulates which users can have access to the object and in what manner.

Note   Note
Here is a brief explanation of what the Users and Groups folders are for. For more detailed information about Local Users and Groups, click on the blue ? on the toolbar in the Local Users and Groups window.
  • Users - The Users folder displays default user accounts as well as the user accounts that you create. These default user accounts are created automatically when you install the operating system. The following table describes each default user account that appears in Local Users and Groups.
  • Groups - The Groups folder displays the default local groups as well as the local groups that you create. Default local groups are created automatically when you install the operating system. Belonging to a local group gives a user the rights and abilities to perform various tasks on the local computer.
warning   Warning

You will need to be an administrator to open Local Users and Groups.

In Windows 7, the Local Users and Groups will only be available in the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterpise editions.

In Windows RT, 8, and 8.1, the Local Users and Groups will only be available in the Pro and Enterpise editions.


EXAMPLE: Local Users and Groups Manager
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OPTION ONE
Open "Local Users and Groups Manager" Directly
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc, and press Enter.
NOTE: This file is located at C:\Windows\System32\lusrmgr.msc.

2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

3. You can now set and manage the Local Users and Groups settings on your computer to how you want them. (See example screenshots at the top of the tutorial)





OPTION TWO
Open "Local Users and Groups Manager" in Computer Management
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Administrative Tools icon.

2. Close the Control Panel window.

3. In Administrative Tools, click/tap on the Computer Management icon.

4. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

5. Close the Administrative Tools window.

6. In the left pane of Computer Management, double click/tap on Local Users and Groups. (See screenshot below)
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7. You can now set and manage the Local Users and Groups settings on your computer to how you want them. (See screenshot above)



OPTION THREE
Open "Local Users and Groups Manager" in Advanced User Accounts
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type netplwiz, and press Enter.

2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

3. Click/tap on the Advanced tab, and click/tap on the Advanced button. (See screenshot below)
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4. You can now set and manage the Local Users and Groups settings on your computer to how you want them. (See example screenshots at the top of the tutorial)
That's it,
Shawn





28 Jul 2012   #1
DiegoAlexis2079

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

thanks a lot!

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01 Sep 2012   #2
JonathanV

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Too bad that I'm the current user running Windows 7 Home Premium.
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21 Nov 2012   #3
GunRock

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Local Users and Groups Manager

All tips are very useful.
Thanks and Regards,
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21 Nov 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome GunRock, and thank you. I'm glad they are able to help.
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08 May 2013   #5
vlavalle

Windos 7 Home premium
 
 
Enabling Elevated Administrator Account

I wish to point out that jut about all of the suggestions made herein do not apply to the most common Windows 7 - Home Premium!
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08 May 2013   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello vlavalle, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry, but it sure doesn't. Please see the red warning box at the top of the tutorial.

If you like, you could use one of the other options in the tutorial below to enable the built-in Administrator instead.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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