Net User Command usage guide In Windows 10/11

The Net User tool is a command-line tool that is available in Windows 10 as well as windows 11 and is used by administrator accounts mainly to add, delete or modify user accounts. This tool can be used to display user account information as well. But the endless possibilities of this tool are not limited to the above said usages only.


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Since this is an administrator account command-line tool, it can be used from both Command Prompt and PowerShell when they are opened in administrative modes.

How to Open Command Prompt in Admin mode

To open Command Prompt in admin mode, type in cmd in Windows Start Menu Search bar and when the results come up, right click on Command Prompt and then click on Run as administrator.

 

1 Cmd Admin

 

 

 

Net User Command Usage

Syntax

net user [<UserName> {<Password> | *} [<Options>]] [/domain]

net user [<UserName> {<Password> | *} /add [<Options>] [/domain]]

net user [<UserName> [/delete] [/domain]]

Parameters

  • UserName – Name of the user account. It can be a maximum of 20 characters.
  • Password – This parameter can be used to assign a new password to an account or to modify an existing password. A password can be up to 127 characters.
  • * – If you want password to be prompted to be entered in the command prompt after executing the net user command, then you can use a * in the place of Password parameter.
  • /add – This option can be used to add a new user account.
  • /delete – This option can be used to delete a specific user account.

Net User Command Examples

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, the commands below can be executed from both Command Prompt and PowerShell. But make sure they are opened in administrator modes to avoid undesired results.

1. List all the user accounts present in your system

To list all the user accounts present in your system, you can use the command Net User.

net user

 


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2 Net User

 

If you notice a user account by the name WDAGUtilityAccount while using the net user command, do not worry, your computer security is not compromised. This account is a part of Windows Defender Application Guard and it provides added security to your machine, against malicious attacks, when using Internet.

2. Add a new user account

To add a new user account in your Windows 10, use the command below, replacing the new account name in the place of user_name

net user /add user_name

 


3 Add User Account

 

To verify whether your new user account is created or not, you can either use the net user command again,

 

4 Display New User

 

or you can go to Control Panel –> User Accounts –> Change Account Type. Here, you will be able to see your newly created user account.

 

5 Control Panel User Accounts

 

3. Assign a password for your new account

To assign a password to your new account, you can use the following command. Replace user_name and new_password with your new account name and the password that you intend to give respectively.

net user user_name  new_password

 

6 Net User Password

 

In the screenshot above, user account name is TheGeekPage and the password assigned is [email protected].

4. Prompt password using *

If you want to prompt the password of a user account, you can use * option with the net user command.

net user user_name *

 

7 Net User Password Match

 

If the passwords match, then you will get the message The command completed successfully as shown in the screenshot above. And if the passwords do not match, you will get the message The passwords do not match as shown in the screenshot below:

 

8 Net User Password Mismatch

 

5. Display all the information related to a specific user account

To display all the information related to any specific user account present in your machine, you can use the command net user user_name. Substitute the user_name part with the name of the account that you want to view details of.

net user user_name

 

9 Net User Specific

 


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6. Delete a specific user account

Just like adding a user account, deleting a user account from your machine is also easy with the net user command. You can use the command net user /delete user_account_name to delete a specific user account. Replace user_account_name with the name of the user account that you want to delete.

net user /delete user_account_name

 

10 Net User Delete

 

To verify whether the account is deleted successfully from your machine or not, you can use the net user command again:

 

11 Net User After Delete

 

You can now see that the account TheGeekPage is no longer listed in the list of user accounts present in your machine.

 

These are only some of the net user commands that are widely used by Windows 10/11 administrator accounts. There are many more usages to this particular command-line tool. Hope you found the article useful.

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1 thought on “Net User Command usage guide In Windows 10/11”

  1. This is usually a good reference site, but when you say, “These are only some of the net user commands….”, you’re letting your readers down. After all, you describe this page as a “Command usage guide” but it’s knowingly incomplete.

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