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How To Disable A Windows 10 User Account

If you need to prevent a person accessing a computer with their Windows 10 user account for security reasons then it is probably ideal to disable the user account (instead of merely removing it entirely). If you ever need to renable the user account in the future, then you have the ability to do so. In this guide, we show you how to disable (and reenable) a Windows 10 user account in Windows 10 editions – Pro, Enterprise and Home.

How to Disable a User Account on Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise) via Computer Management

From the Start Menu, locate Computer Management or simply type in Win + X into your keyboard while on the Windows desktop.

From Windows Start Menu, navigate to Computer Management

Under System Tools, select Local Users and Groups.

Select Local Users and Groups under System tools

Double Click the Users folder.

Double click Users folder in Computer Management

Right click the Local User Account you want to disable and select Properties from the drop down menu.

Right click relevant user account to disable and select Properties in Computer Management

Tick the checkbox Account is disabled.

Select checkbox Account is Disabled for user account in Computer Management

Click Apply to save changes.

Select Apply to save changes to user account

Click OK.

Select OK in user properties under Computer Management

The User Account is now disabled.

User Account is now disabled in Computer Management

How to Enable a User Account on Windows 10 (Pro and Enterprise) via Computer Management

In Computer Management, Under the Users Folder, right click the disabled user and select Properties.

In Computer Management, right click disabled user and select properties

Uncheck the tick box Account is disabled.

Uncheck the box Account is disabled for the user account in Computer Magement

Select Apply then OK.

Confirm changes for user account to be enabled in Computer Management

The Local User Account has been reenabled.

How to Disable a User Account on Windows 10 (Home, Pro and Enterprise) via Command Prompt

For those computer whiz kids, we will show you how to swiftly disable a local user account via Command Prompt.

In the Start Menu, search for Command Prompt.

Navigate to Command Prompt in Windows Start Menu

Right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator from the drop down menu.

Right click and select Run as Administrator for Command Prompt

After Command Prompt options, enter in the following command to promptly disable the local user account:

net user [accountname] /active:no 

For example, ours would be:

net user Seraphine /active:no

In Administrator mode of Command Prompt, enter in configuration to disable user account

We are advised that the command completed successfully.

User Account is now disabled on Windows 10

How to Enable a User Account on Windows 10 (Home, Pro and Enterprise) via Command Prompt

Run Command Prompt as Administrator.

Run Command Prompt as Administrator

After Command Prompt options, enter in the following command to reenable the local user account:

net user [accountname] /active:yes 

For example, ours would be:

net user Seraphine /active:yes

In Administrator mode of Command Prompt, enter in configuration to enable user account

We are advised that the command carried out successfully!

We have now shown you how to disable and enable a Local User Account on various editions of Windows 10. The User Account data remains firmly stored on the computer even if it is disabled so you can recover later on. Excellent! Did you know that once you disable a user account, it disappears from the sign in Windows screen? Check it out for yourself!

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