NET USER: Create & Modify Windows User Account using CMD

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NET USER creates and modifies user accounts on computers. When used without switches, it lists the user accounts for the computer. The user account information is stored in the user accounts database.


[username [password | *] [options]] [/DOMAIN]
username {password | *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]
username [/DELETE] [/DOMAIN]
username [/TIMES:{times | ALL}]

Parameter Description

Item Description
username Is the name of the user account to add / delete / modify or view. The name of the user account can have as many as 20 characters.
password Assigns or changes a password for the user's account. A password must satisfy the minimum length set with the /MINPWLEN option of the NET ACCOUNTS command. It can have as many as 14 characters.
* Produces a prompt for the password. The password is not displayed when you type it at a password prompt.
/DOMAINPerforms the operation on a domain controller of the current domain.
/ADDAdds a user account to the user accounts database.
/DELETE Removes a user account from the user accounts database.

Command Line Option Syntax

Options Description
/ACTIVE:{YES | NO}Activates or deactivates the account. If the account is not active – the user cannot access the server. The default is YES.
/COMMENT:"text"Provides a descriptive comment about the user's account. Enclose the text in quotation marks.
/COUNTRYCODE:nnnUses the operating system country code to implement the specified language files for a user's help and error messages. A value of 0 signifies the default country code.
/EXPIRES:{date | NEVER}Causes the account to expire if date is set. NEVER sets no time limit on the account. An expiration date is in the form mm/dd/yy(yy). Months can be a number / spelled out or abbreviated with three letters. Year can be two or four numbers. Use slashes(/) (no spaces) to separate parts of the date.
/FULLNAME:"name"Is a user's full name (rather than a username). Enclose the name in quotation marks.
/HOMEDIR:pathnameSets the path for the user's home directory. The path must exist.
/PASSWORDCHG:{YES | NO}Specifies whether users can change their own password. The default is YES.
/PASSWORDREQ:{YES | NO}Specifies whether a user account must have a password. The default is YES.
/LOGONPASSWORDCHG:{YES|NO}Specifies whether user should change their own password at the next logon.The default is NO.
/PROFILEPATH[:path]Sets a path for the user's logon profile.
/SCRIPTPATH:pathnameIs the location of the user's logon script.
/TIMES:{times | ALL}Is the logon hours. TIMES is expressed as day[-day][day[-day]] time[-time][time[-time]] limited to 1-hour increments. Days can be spelled out or abbreviated. Hours can be 12- or 24-hour notation. For 12-hour notation use am / pm / a.m. or p.m. ALL means a user can always log on and a blank value means a user can never log on. Separate day and time entries with a comma and separate multiple day and time entries with a semicolon.
/USERCOMMENT:"text"Lets an administrator add or change the User Comment for the account.
/WORKSTATIONS:{computername[…] | *} Lists as many as eight computers from which a user can log on to the network. If /WORKSTATIONS has no list or if the list is * – the user can log on from any computer.


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