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How to Enable or Disable User Accounts in Windows 10

user account allows you to sign in to your computer.

By default, your computer already has one user account, which you were required to create when you set up your computer. If you have a user account that you want to make unavailable without deleting it, you can disable the account. A disabled account can be enabled again later.

Disabling an account is different from deleting an account. If you delete an account, it might not be restored.


Top 3 ways to enable or disable a user account in Windows 10:

How to enable or disable a user account in Command Prompt

Step 1: Start Command Prompt as an administration.

Press "Windows key + X" shortcut keys, then enter A key.

Run Command Prompt Admin

Step 2: Type the command below in the command prompt, press Enter.

To disable a user account: Net user "User Name" /active:no

Tip: "User name" is the actual user name (ex: isum) of the account you want to disable or enable.

Disbale user account command

Step 3: When finished, you can close Command Prompt window.

When a user account is disabled, it's name will be removed from the sign-in screen and Start menu switch user areas so that it can no longer be signed in to.

Username and account disappear from sign-in screen

To re-enable a user account: Net user "User Name" /active:yes

enable user account

How to enable or disable a user account using Group Policy

You can easily enable or disable a user account in Local users and Groups.

Step 1: Open the Local Users and Groups.

Press the Windows key + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc

Open Users and Groups

Step 2: Click on Users in the left pane, and double click on the Name of the user account you want.

Open user accoun Properties

Step 3: In the opening Properties window, you can see the Account is disabled box is uncheck by default. To disable user account, check on that box.

Disable or enable user accounts in Local Users and Groups

When finished, you can close the Local Users and Groups.

How Hide or Unhide User Account via Registry Editor

With this option, the account's details will be easily shown or hidden from sign-in screen.

Step 1: Open the Registry Editor.

Press Win + R keys to bring out Run dialog box. Then type regedit, then press Enter.

Open Registry Editor

Step 2: When the Registry Editor opens, head to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Right-click the Winlogon folder, then click New > Key. Name this new key as SpecialAccounts.

Create Special Accounts key

Step 3: Right-click the SpecialAccounts folder, then click New > Key. Name this new key as UserList. On the right pane of UserList, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it with the user account that you want to hide on Windows 10 sign-in screen.

Hide special account

Tip: If you ever want to reverse this change and Unhide user account on sign-in screen, navigate back to the UserList key, right click on the name of the user account you want to unhide, and click on Delete.

Unhide user account

Click on Yes to confirm. Restart your computer to make the changes take effect.

Confirm to unhide user account