About Unlocking to Locked User Account
In Microsoft Windows 8, a user account is automatically locked if administrators have configured Account Lockout Policy on the computer, and any user has tried to log on to the account providing invalid account password for the specified number of times.
When an account gets locked, as per the specified configuration in the group policy, it automatically gets unlocked after certain time duration, as configured by the administrators. Sometimes administrators may also configure Windows 8 computer to keep the account locked till it is manually unlocked. In either case, administrators can manually unlock a locked user account without modifying the group policy settings.
Just like other tasks related to user accounts and group policies, unlocking a locked user account is also an administrative task and only accounts with elevated privileges can unlock a locked user account.
Unlike group policy settings, that can be centrally managed in a client/server network environment, if a locked user account is a local account of a Windows 8 computer (not a domain user account), administrators must unlock the account by accessing that particular Windows 8 computer either locally or through remote desktop, even if the computer belongs to a domain.
Unlocking a Locked User Account
To unlock a locked user account in a Windows 8 computer, administrators must follow the steps given as below:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the account that has elevated privileges.
- Click the Desktop tile from the Start screen to view the desktop screen.
- Click File Explorer icon on the taskbar.
- From the Libraries window in the left pane, right-click Computer.
- From the displayed context menu, click Manage.
- From the Computer Management snap-in, double-click to expand Local Users and Groups.
- From the displayed options, click Users.
- From the right pane, double-click the locked user account that is to be unlocked.
- From the displayed user’s properties box, uncheck the Account is locked out checkbox unlock the selected user account
- Click the OK button to apply the changes.
- When done, close the Computer Management snap-in.