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Net user command : Manage user accounts from command line

Using Net user command, administrators can manage user accounts from windows command prompt. Below are some examples on how to use this command.

Add a domain user account:

Net user /add newuseLoginid  newuserPassword /domain

Add new user on local computer:

Net user /add newuserLoginid  newuserPassword

Advanced options to add new user account can be read in the below article.
Add new user from windows command line.

Disable/Lock a domain user account:

Net user loginid  /ACTIVE:NO /domain

To enable/unlock a domain user account:

Net user loginid /ACTIVE:YES  /domain

Prevent users from changing their account password:

Net user loginid /Passwordchg:No

To allow users to change their password:

Net user loginid /Passwordchg:Yes

To retrieve the settings of a user:

Net user username


C:\>net user techblogger
User name                    techblogger
Full Name
User's comment
Country code                 000 (System Default)
Account active               Yes
Account expires              Never

Password last set            4/21/2011 10:10 PM
Password expires             8/19/2011 10:10 PM
Password changeable          4/21/2011 10:10 PM
Password required            Yes
User may change password     Yes

Workstations allowed         All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon                   Never

Logon hours allowed          All

Local Group Memberships      *Users
Global Group memberships     *None
The command completed successfully.
{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Mostafa Abobakr

    thaaaaaaaaanx man for the precious information

  • Dany Balian

    One Extra Feature that might be very useful.. is to set the Password to Never Expires:

    Net user loginid /Expires:Never


    • George

      I am using the /EXPIRES:NEVER switch on the end of the command, however the Never Expires checkbow is not ticked when i check the properties

    • Ray Hurle

      Please notice that the /expires – switch prevents the the account from expiring, but not to the password.

    • admin

      That’s correct. Thanks Ray for clarifying it here for the benefit of others.

    • Ashif Chaudhary

      Use This Command To Set “Password Never Expire”

      WMIC USERACCOUNT WHERE “Name=’username_here'” SET PasswordExpires=FALSE

  • Collin Milhous

    Is there a way to change the net user username?

  • Abdul


    My question is how to create multiple users on a network through a command in command prompt using only single command line.

  • Bikash Biswal

    Very good post on windows command line. Thanks for sharing.

  • Matt

    Your command for “Add a domain user account” is incorrect, the proper one is:
    Net user domainuser domainpassword /add /domain

    Gives result:
    “The request will be processed at a domain controller for domain softros.local.
    The command completed successfully.”

  • hen

    hi how can i create multiple users from cmd
    but just with one command??

    i know for creating a new user i can use this:
    net user username password /add
    and to make him an administrator i can use this:
    net user username password administrator /add

    correct me if i’m wrong and help me please???

    • Jacob T

      Your query, [hi how can i create multiple users from cmd
      but just with one command??] – did you ever get an answer to that question ?
      Please let me know.

  • Chris

    Hi there guys

    i am currently locked out of my local administrator account on my windows server 2008 r2

    i am able to change user accounts and passwords how ever it still telling me that my username or password is incorrect.

    i have created a new user account and password but even the new user account and password doesnt work.

    please help me.

  • darren

    Is there a way to put a number of hours logon to the guest account?

  • Jacob T

    interesting stuff here .. Thanks …

  • sahba

    hi every body…
    please help me how to add users with environment variable(starting program)?

  • Abo lujain

    How can I know who changed password for a user on windows server 2008 R2 from CMD and OS?

  • KrayZ

    How can I check from our Internal domain and not our normal /domain?

  • Gabriel

    Thanks so much! However is there a line to reset a password?

  • Nigel

    Hi I have forgotten my password to get onto the two accounts set up. When I go into net user neither accounts are showing. I get a message saying
    The command completed with one or more errors
    Can anyone help

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