create, modify and delete users on Windows

netplwiz is a very practical and little-known utility that allows you to manage users on Windows. With netplwiz, you can add, edit and delete users from the system with ease.

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Here are the features of netplwiz (network places wizard) :

  • Add user
  • Delete user
  • Modify a user’s group
  • Change a user’s password
  • Disable password entry when Windows starts

netplwiz is available on all versions of Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

To be able to use netplwiz, you must be logged in with a user account that has administrator rights.

In this tutorial, we will see how to use netplwiz to manage user accounts on Windows.

netplwiz: manage users on Windows

Open netplwiz

  1. Open netplwiz by typing netplwiz in the command Execute.
  2. In the Users tab, netplwiz displays all users on the system and the group to which they belong. This is where you can manage users.
  3. On the Advanced tab, you can manage passwords saved in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, open the Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr) tool, and force users to use the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Delete to log in.

Add user

netplwiz allows to create a new user on the system.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. In the Users tab, click the button Add.
  2. Choose whether you want to create a local account or a Microsoft account. A Microsoft account provides access to more services and features such as installing applications through the Microsoft Store. If you are sensitive to respect for your privacy, prefer a local account.
  3. To create a local user account, click Log in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).
  4. Confirm the creation of a local account by clicking on the button Local Account.
  5. Enter the username, password and password hint for the new user.

Congratulations! You have created a new user account on Windows using netplwiz. 👍

Modify a user’s group (Administrator, Standard user)

netplwiz allows you to modify a user’s group (Standard User group, Administrator group or other). Depending on the group to which he belongs, the user will have more or less rights on the system. The Administrator group has full powers, the Standard User group has restricted rights.

Here’s how to change a user’s group:

  1. Select the user for whom you want to modify the group then click on the button Properties.
  2. Click on the tab Group membership.
  3. Choose the user’s group:
    • Standard user : the user has restricted rights, he cannot install software or modify the configuration of Windows.
    • Administrator : the user has all rights on the system.
  4. Click on OK.

Congratulations! You have changed the group of a user on Windows using netplwiz. 👍

Changing a user’s password

netplwiz allows you to change the password for a local user account.

Tip: it is not possible to change the password for a Microsoft account. The Reset Password button is grayed out for these users.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the user for whom you want to change the password.
  2. Click on the button Reset password.
  3. Enter the new password and click on OK.

Congratulations! You changed a user’s password on Windows using netplwiz. 👍

Delete user

netplwiz allows you to delete a user from the system.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the user you want to delete then click on the button Remove.
  2. Confirm the deletion of the user by clicking on Yes.

Congratulations! You deleted a user on Windows using netplwiz. 👍

Remove password when Windows starts

netplwiz allows a user to automatically log in when Windows starts up by removing the password request at logon.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Select the user to be automatically logged on when Windows starts.
  2. Uncheck the box Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.
  3. Click on OK.
  4. Enter the password of the user who will automatically log in when Windows starts.

Congratulations! You removed the password when Windows started using netplwiz. 👍

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