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Enable or disable user accounts in Windows 7 Home Premium and lower

December 21, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

For editions of Windows 7 on Home Premium and lower, there is neither an option in the GUI in User Accounts nor a Local Users and Groups section in Computer Management that can be used to disable a user account; this is by design.

If you want to disable or enable a user account in said editions, then you need to use the net user commands from an elevated Command Prompt.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt.  Type cmd on the Search bar of the Start Menu; once it comes up, right-click and select Run as administrator.
  2. To disable an account, type net user <user account > /active:no.  Enclose the user account in quotes if it has spaces in the name.  Example: net user “PC User” /active:no.
  3. To enable an account, type net user < user account > /active:yes.  Enclose the user account in quotes if it has spaces in the name.  Example: net user “PC User” /active:yes.

I tested this on a laptop with Windows 7 Home Basic, and it works.

Reference: http://lichao.net/eblog/how-to-enable-or-disable-user-account-in-windows-7-home-premium-201110643.html.

 

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  1. Zalex
    July 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Great!!

    Thx! 😉

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