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How to Unlock a Locked Out User Account in Windows 8.1/8/7

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User account is locked out after too many failed logon attempts? In Windows 8.1/8/7, an administrator can set up Account lockout threshold security and Account lockout duration security setting to determine the number of invalid or failed logon attempts with an incorrect user name and/or password and the number of minutes an account locked out threshold for invalid logon remains locked out. If the account lockout duration is set to 0 minutes, then a locked out user account will be locked out until an administrator manually unlocks that locked out user account.

Now, in this article, I will show you how to manually unlock a locked out user account in Windows 8.1/8/7.

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Steps on Unlocking a Locked out user account in Windows 8.1/8/7

Tutorial below is about how to unlock a locked out Windows users account in "Local Users and Groups" and Windows Password Recovery Tool.

Method 1: Using Local Users and Groups

"Local Users and Groups" is only available for the Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions in Windows 7 and in the Pro and Enterprise editions in Windows RT, 8, and 8.1.

  • Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc, and press Enter. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. In the left pane, select Users.
  • In the right pane under the Name column, double click on the locked out user account.

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  • Uncheck the Account is locked out box, and click on OK. If the Account is locked out option is grayed out, then the selected user account is not locked out.

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Method 2: Using Windows Password Recovery Tool

For any reasons you can't use "Local Users and Groups" or administrator isn't here to unlock your locked account? Don't worry; Windows Password Recovery Tool is here for rescue. It will help you reset your forgotten password and regain the access to the Windows.

  • Free download and install Windows Password Recovery Tool in an accessible computer.
  • Insert a CD/DVD disk or USB flash to the workable computer and click "Burn" to start burning a Windows password recovery USB/CD.

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  • Take out the password reset disk and insert it into your locked notebook. You have to set your computer to boot from the CD/DVD-ROM/USB. (Learn how to set BIOS to boot from the CD/DVD-ROM/USB).
  • Now Windows Password Recovery Tool appears on your screen. Follow the wizard to reset forgotten Windows password.

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That's all for how to unlocked a locked out user account in Windows 8.1/8/7. I hope our methods will help you to solve your problem.

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