Add or Delete Users Account with Command Line in Windows

You can create user accounts separate for each person that will be using your computer. This will allow each Windows user to have their own settings, documents folder, visual style, wallpaper and so on. So separate account for every computer user is much better idea and you can do this simple from command line. To create a new user in windows or to delete a user just follow the steps below.

This guide is tested in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8.

Add a new user account

Step-1

Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator option.

Here how you can find Command Prompt in different Windows versions:

Windows 8 : Hit Windows key from keyboard and type Command Prompt.
Windows 7 / Vista: Hit Windows key and type Command Prompt in start menu box.
XP : Click on Start button > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.

Step-2

On command line type this command net user UserName Password /add

Where:
UserName = Name of the user account
Password = Password of the user account

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See the new user account has been added.

Make an administrator user account

Default privileges are limited for all user accounts that created from Command Prompt, to give administrator privileges to a user you need to run the following command.

net localgroup Administrators UserName /add

Where: UserName is the name of the user account

Delete user account

Step-1

Run Command Prompt as administrator, as we did in Step-1 above.

Step-2

In command line type this command net user UserName /del
Where:
UserName = Name of the user account that you want to delete

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35 comments… add one

Asim October 1, 2009, 4:00 pm

I try this on Windows Vista thx for these Windows OS tutorials and keep t up

rabab October 1, 2009, 5:56 pm

thanks for sharing this knowledge of Windows OS

James Amon October 16, 2009, 5:48 am

its so simple to use cmd

SPOIBINIA October 21, 2009, 5:42 pm

Thanks for helping me in deleting user accounts

Angela Westin November 15, 2009, 1:26 pm

I try this to add new user through command line, it works for me

Candi January 11, 2010, 10:08 am

Will this remove the profile of the user as well?

paan June 16, 2010, 7:00 am

i cannot delete my user password:
this msg appear

c:\net user username /del
system error 5 has occurred.

Acces is denied.

trickYguY June 16, 2010, 7:18 am

You must log out from user account that you want to delete and log in to another account that must have Administrator privileges, then use this command to remove Windows account.

love August 15, 2010, 3:23 pm

not able to delete
cmd showing error

alexlopez November 17, 2013, 2:00 am

i do i run it as admin tho

Like_A_Bouse December 23, 2011, 11:17 am

There are many ways to fix this problem, using batch windows, and connecting them to systems32, but the easiest is to make sure you are on an account with Administrator privileges, or that you know the password of an account with those privileges. First, go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Right Click on “Command Prompt”>Run as Administrator, and one of two things will happen. One, if you are on an account with admin privileges, you will go straight to Command prompt, but it will say “windows/systems32> instead. Or two, you will be prompted for a password of an administrator account, and then the same will happen. Your Welcome, email me or reply with any questions.

Junker October 13, 2010, 6:40 am

Okay, I know you probably posted this a while ago. i tried it using Windows 7, adding an account.

I only have 1 user account, which has administrator access but for some reason can’t add secondary accounts using cmd? I can using control panel.

comes up as above…
System Error 5
Access Denied.

trickYguY October 13, 2010, 6:51 am

Run command line as an administrator.
Type cmd in Start button’s Search box then in the search results right click on cmd.exe then select “Run as administrator”.
Then execute commands to add or remove user accounts.

See also: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555644

tegaressentials October 28, 2010, 6:19 am

Nice and great command to delete user to recovery Windows.
I have one question: “How to delete user is the username has space. NET USER Tegar Essentls /DELETE will not work.”.
Thanks.

trickYguY October 28, 2010, 11:53 pm

If username contains spaces in it then put double quotes around username while running delete command.
e.g.

net user “K Jim” /delete

Rames November 19, 2010, 6:57 pm

Thats cool… but the command creates a Limited Account..
How can i create an account with “computer administrator”

Like_A_Bouse December 23, 2011, 11:23 am

Simple! First of all, make sure you ran it as an administrator by right clicking on it and then left clicking on “Run as Administrator” Then, type ((Without quotes))
“net localgroup Administrators USERNAME /add”
and obviously, hit enter. To see a list of localgroups on your system, type
“net localgroup” most of them are just jibberish, random numbers and letters, just paty attention to Guests, Users, and Administrators. Your welcome, please email me with any comments, questions, or concerns, or just reply to this. Thank you for your time.

robbybobby November 23, 2010, 6:11 am

hi does anyone know how to change a users account name on windows 7? the pc connects to windows server 2003 and i dont know how to enter the machine locally to change this. can this be edited it dos?

Nora May 15, 2011, 1:47 pm

when i forget password user account what can do?

what can i create user account without log in windows?
what cant i use CMD when i don’t log in window7?

Lakshmi November 9, 2011, 4:10 pm

This will delete only the user and it is not deleting the user profile. Can you provide me the command for deleting the user profile?

A-User August 26, 2012, 4:11 am

Thanks for sharing knowledge, it was useful.

krun12 August 28, 2012, 3:31 am

got a system error 5

jack September 24, 2012, 4:12 pm

i tried but it says access denied

Leuno October 8, 2012, 11:41 am

It works for me.

sandeep October 9, 2012, 10:05 am

can we remove the password of user through cmd if yes then how

gagnesh February 1, 2013, 12:06 pm

thanks

esm2005a March 21, 2013, 12:11 pm

when I do this step, it says “Access is denied”. what shall I do?

Ahmed March 21, 2013, 6:01 pm

You must have admin rights or Run command prompt as Admin rights.

Please see the replies to comment #17.

raptor March 29, 2013, 10:29 am

to make the account administrator type this in command
net localgroup administrators [user] /add

net user [user] /active:yes

for some reason when I create a user it doesn’t show on the login screen, do you have to be on the correct drive in order for it to show up? ex: C:/ instead of X:/

fiker September 19, 2013, 3:22 pm

thanks to all thing

unknown October 15, 2013, 7:39 am

it says that ‘net’ is not recognized as an internal or external command

Maddy October 18, 2013, 6:00 pm

Me thought
After create a user then net localgroup administrators [user] /add
using this command no need to use command
net user [user] /active:yes

arash1994 October 19, 2013, 6:40 pm

:-S

Rita March 2, 2014, 2:22 am

Good evening!

When I try your method of deleting /adding user it does work perfectly fine until the moment i want to delete a guest acc.
It shows “sytem error 1371″ I can not remove pre-made accounts.

Can you maybe help me? Is there any other command to delete guest accounts in particular?

Greetings,
Rita

TrickyWays March 4, 2014, 10:47 pm

Guest account is built-in account and you can’t delete it but, can disable or turn it off. So I suggest you to disable it instead of trying to remove it. See how to enable or disable account in Windows

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