If you have a user account that you want to make unavailable, you can disable it. A disabled account can be enabled again later. Disabling an account is different from deleting an account. If you delete an account, it can't be restored.


  • These steps cannot be completed on Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Windows 7 Home Premium. In these editions of Windows, you can delete a user account but you can't disable one.

  1. Open Microsoft Management Console by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, typing mmc into the search box, and then pressing Enter. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  2. In the left pane of Microsoft Management Console, click Local Users and Groups.

    If you don't see Local Users and Groups

    If you don't see Local Users and Groups, it's probably because that snap-in hasn't been added to Microsoft Management Console. Follow these steps to add it:

    1. In Microsoft Management Console, click the File menu, and then click Add/Remove Snap-in.

    2. Click Local Users and Groups, and then click Add.

    3. Click Local computer, click Finish, and then click OK.

  3. Double-click the Users folder.

  4. Right-click the user account you want to disable, and then click Properties.

  5. On the General tab, select the Account is disabled check box, and then click OK.


  • To enable a disabled account, follow the same steps as you would for disabling an account, but clear the Account is disabled check box.

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