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Net Localgroup

Net localgroup command is used to manage local user groups on a computer. Using this command, administrators can add local/domain users to groups, delete users from groups, create new groups and delete existing groups. Below you can find syntax for all these operations.

How to create a new local group

We can use below command to create a new local group.

net localgroup /add groupname

Example:
Command for adding a new user group ‘testgroup’

net localgroup /add testgroup

Add a user to local group

Below is the syntax for adding a user to a local group.

net localgroup groupname username /add

For example, to add user ‘user1’ to the group ‘testgrp’ the command is:

net localgroup testgrp user1 /add

How to add domain group to local group

Net localgroup command is used to add a domain group to a local group. The syntax is same as adding a user.

net localgroup localGroupName domainGroupName /ADD

List the users that belong to a group

net localgroup groupname prints the list of users in a group.

Example:

c:\>net localgroup testgrp
Alias name     testgrp
Comment
Members
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
test
The command completed successfully.

How to list all local user groups on the computer

Run ‘net localgroup‘ command to list all local user groups.
Example:

c:\>net localgroup
Aliases for \\WINCMD-PC
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*Administrators
*Backup Operators
*Power Users
*Remote Desktop Users
*Replicator
*testgrp
*Users

Some of the groups listed above, are created by default with Windows installation.

How to delete a user from local group

Below is the command for deleting a user from a group.

net localgroup groupname username /delete

To delete user ‘user1’ from the group ‘testgrp’ the command is:

net localgroup testgrp user1 /delete

All the above commands should be run from elevated administrator command prompt in Vista and Windows 7. Other wise an error will be generated as shown below.

C:>net localgroup /add test1
System error 5 has occurred.
Access is denied.
2 comments… add one
  • Firefox264

    Thanks

  • Eric

    how do I remove all users in a group but leave the group intact on the local computer?

    net localgroup username /delete (but what is the syntax for removing all members of the local group?)

    please and thank you!

    -E

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