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Thursday, December 30, 2010

How to Unlock a Locked Out User Account in Windows 7

Normally the account lockout duration security setting determines the number of minutes a locked out account remains locked out before automatically becoming unlocked. If the account lockout duration is set to 0 minutes, then a locked out user account will be locked out until an administrator manually unlocks that locked out user account.

This article will show you how to manually unlock a user account that was locked out when it reached its account lockout threshold of invalid logon attempts.

You will only be able to do this while logged in as an administrator.

EXAMPLE: Locked Out User Account

This is the locked out message a user will get if they reach the account lockout threshold number of invalid logon attempts.

Here's How:

1. Open the Local Users and Groups manager.

2. In the left pane, select Users. (see screenshot below)

3. In the right pane under the Name column, double click on the locked out user account. (see screenshot above)

4. Uncheck the Account is locked out box, and click on OK. (see screenshots below)

If the Account is locked out option is grayed out, then the selected user account is not locked out.

5. Close the Local Users and Groups manager.

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