Monday, August 31, 2015

Enable or Disable Local User Account on Windows 10 Home Edition

I am often amazed by some of the changes that Microsoft makes to various versions of their Operating System, and Windows 10 is sadly no exception. Suppose that you have installed Windows 10 Home Edition on your Computer and that you wish to temporarily "Disable" (NOT Remove) a User Account on your PC.

As of right now there is no way to do this through any User Interface on Windows 10 Home Edition. To disable an User Account, do the following:

  1. Right-Click on the Start Menu, then choose "Run". 
  2. Type "cmd" and press enter to run command prompt. 
  3. Right click on the Command Prompt Icon in the Taskbar, and choose "Run as Administrator". 
  4. Enter the following command and hit ENTER to disable the account in question:
          net user USERNAME /active:no

Here "USERNAME" is the actual you with to disable. For example if you have a User Account called "Joe" you would run this command:

          net user Joe /active:no

To enable the account again, run the following:

          net user USERNAME /active:yes

I have no idea what removing this feature accomplishes for Microsoft, other then annoying the crap out of Administrators, but here is a way around it in case anyone needs it. 


Anonymous said...

Don't forget to encase the username in " If it has more than one word

Remo said...

Back to the command line
win 10 beconmes more and more unusable...

DigiOz Multimedia said...

Unfortunately that seems to be the case as of right now.

Anonymous said...

Agree--just ran into this same thing and could not believe the stupidity. Thanks for showing the way around it from the cmd prompt.

Anonymous said...

Windows 10 Pro is the same.

Thanks for the command :-)

Anonymous said...

In Windows Pro and above you cab use GUI to do this. Just type: lusrmgr.msc and then you can disable accounts in Properties of each account.