How to Unlock Locked out Account in Windows 11?

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Microsoft’s new policy locks your user account for 10 minutes when someone attempts to access your account for ten unsuccessful passwords. The Account lockout threshold policy setting determines the number of failed sign-in attempts, and if they find it exceeds the specified threshold, it locks your user account. A locked account cannot be unlocked and used until an administrator manually reset it or the number of minutes set by the Account lockout duration policy setting expires.

In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on how to unlock a locked-out account in Windows 11.

How to Unlock Locked out Account in Windows 11 through Local Users and Groups?

To unlock locked out account in Windows 11 using Local Users and Groups, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).

Step 2. Then, select the Users folder in the left pane to open it.

Step 3. Right-click on the user account you want to unlock on the middle pane and select Properties in the menu.

Step 4. In the user properties dialog, switch to the General tab.

Step 5. Uncheck the option Account is locked out.

Step 6. Click Apply.

Step 7. Click OK.

Once you complete the above steps, your selected user account will unlock instantly, and you can sign in to your account.

How to Unlock Locked out Account in Windows 11 using Command Prompt or PowerShell?

To unblock a locked out user account in Windows 11 through Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open an administrator Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.

Step 2. Type the following and hit the Enter key on the keyboard:-

net user "<username>" /active:yes

Note: Replace <username> in the above command with the actual user account name, for example, “Test.”

Once you complete the above steps, your selected user account will unlock instantly, and you can sign in to your account.

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