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How to unlock a locked user account in Windows 7


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This article shows you how to unlock a user account in windows 7that was locked due to reaching account lockout threshold of invalid login attempts.



How to unlock a locked user account in windows 7


A locked user account in windows 7 remains locked for some duration which depending on the lockout duration security setting in windows 7. It automatically unlocks after the given duration as per the security setting. But if you set the lockout duration to 0 minutes, the locked user account in windows 7 does not unlock itself but it has to be unlocked by administrator manually. Let us see how to manually unlock a user account in windows 7 which is locked reaching threshold of invalid login attempts.

  • First open the 'Local users and groups manager' by opening Start menu and typing 'lusrmgr.msc' in the search line. Press Enter now. Now it is possible for you to set and manage the local users and group settings on your computer.
  • Now select 'Users' in the left pane
  • Under the Name column in the right pane, double click on the locked out user account
  • Now you need to un check the 'Account is locked out' box and click OK.
  • Now close the 'Local users and groups manager


  • That is all. The user account which was locked in windows 7 is now unlocked.


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    Responses to "How to unlock a locked user account in Windows 7"
    Guest Author: Chandru     07 Jul 2012
    How to unlock when there is no admin privileges to any other user accounts in windows 7.


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