How to Unlock Locked out Account in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to unlock a locked out account in Windows 11.

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

Windows lockout account policy setting determines the number of failed sign-in attempts that will cause a user account to be locked.

A locked account will not be used until an administrator explicitly unlocks it or until the number of minutes specified by the Account lockout duration policy setting expires.

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.

If you can’t wait for the lockout duration policy to expire and you want to manually unlock a locked out account, the steps below show you how to do that.

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 manually unlock an account that is locked out in Windows 11.

How to unlock a locked out account in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows 11 now has a new account lockout policy to protect users against brute-force password attacks. 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.

If you want to unlock an account manually, then use the steps below in Windows 11.

First, open Local Users and Groups Manager app or type the command (lusrmgr.msc) in Windows Search.

Under Best match, select lusrmgr.msc to launch Local Users and Groups manager.

windows 11 local users and group manager

Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 10 or 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

In the left pane of Local Users and Groups, click on the Users folder. Select the account you want to unlock in the list.

You can right-click the account and select Properties or double-click to open and account Properties window.

On the account properties windows, uncheck the box (if the box is checked) next to Account is locked out to unlock the account.

windows 11 unlock lock out account

Select OK.

Close Local Users and Group manager.

Alternatively, users can use Windows Terminal to unlock a locked out account in Windows 11.

To 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 user "<username>" /active:yes

Replace the <username> with the account name you want to unlock in Windows.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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