How to Change Account Lockout Duration in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to change account lockout duration in Windows 11.

Windows 11 now has a new account lockout policy to protect users against brute-force password attack.

The Account lockout duration policy setting determines the number of minutes that a locked-out account remains locked out before automatically becoming unlocked.

The available lockout duration range is from 1 through 99,999 minutes. A value of 0 specifies that the account will be locked out until an administrator explicitly unlocks it.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22528 and higher, a new default policy are as follows:

  • Account lockout threshold is now set to 10 failed sign-in attempts by default
  • Account lockout duration is now set to 10 minutes by default.
  • Allow Administrator account lockout is now enabled by default.
  • Reset account lockout counter after is now set to 10 minutes by default.

Below is how to change the default account lockout duration policy in Windows 11.

How to change account lockout duration in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 now has a new account lockout policy to protect users against brute-force password attack. You can set an account lockout policy so that an account with multiple failed logon attempts remains locked until certain time before it unlocks or remains locked until an administrator explicitly unlocks it

Below is how to change the default account lockout duration policy in Windows 11.

To lock down Proxy settings in Windows, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

 Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Lockout Policy

In the Account Lockout Policy details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting Account lockout duration.

windows 11 account lockout duration policy

In the Account lockout duration Properties window, choose a number of minutes the account remains locked out for.

windows 11 account lockout duration policy settings

Select OK.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

Alternatively, users can use Windows Terminal to change the account lockout threshold in Windows 11.

o do that, first open Windows Terminal as administrator and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

windows terminal run as administrator

Once opened, run the command below to change the account lockout threshold in Windows 11.

net accounts /lockoutduration:<number>

Change the <number> to the number of minutes the account is locked out for before automatically unlocking.

  • 10 minutes is the default.
  • 0  minute stays locked out until an administrator unlocks it.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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