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Unread 21-08-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Hi all
I have a slight problem with my laptop, in that when i try to logon it says "the referenced account is currently locked out and cannot be logged on to".

I'm assuming thats because i've fouled up the password too many times and simply a security feature, but can anyone tell me how long it will be locked out for, and how i could turn off this feature?

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Re: Windows 7 account lockout

ok my laptop has let me in again after about 20 minutes i think, now attempting to find out how to turn off the feature.
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Re: Windows 7 account lockout

it's a security feature in the Group Policy system. I have mine set if I enter the wrong password 5 times it locks up my system for 10 minutes. If you have Windows 7 Pro, Business. or Ultimate go to run type in gpedit.msc

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<<< set to 0

<<<< set to 0

Mine is set on 10 meaning my System will lockout for 10 minutes if I enter an invalid password 5 times. Just set yours to 0 in both steps. or if there is a "Not Configured" option choose that then hit Apply then Ok for both. Also if the "account lockout threshold" is set to any amount of time set that to 0 also.
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Re: Windows 7 account lockout

im running Home Edition on my laptop-will these steps work on that?
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Re: Windows 7 account lockout

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im running Home Edition on my laptop-will these steps work on that?
No on Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium there is no Group Policy Editor.
there might be a way to do it through regedit I will have to look.
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Re: Windows 7 account lockout

Account Lockout when a User Fails to Logon - Enable - Vista Forums This might change it look for Method 3 this will refer to you Version of Windows. It might say it is for Vista but I am sure it will work for Windows 7 as well. Make sure you have administrative rights.

Good Luck let me know if it works.

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cheers mate i had to use method 2 cos 3 wasnt there but nevertheless it worked.

For those of you that havent seen it you do this:

-Open Command Prompt as Administrator
-type net accounts and hit Enter.
-you will see a list of details lockout threshold, duration, etc.
-to change the lockout threshold type net accounts /lockoutthreshold:x (x being the number of failed attempts allowed-upto 999).
-to change the duration type net accounts /lockoutduration:x (x being the duration [minutes] of lockout-upto 99,999).

You MUST put the space between net accounts and the /, or it wont work (honestly i tried about 10 times!).

Note these commands are officially for Vista, but they worked fine on Win 7 Home Premium.

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that's coz 7 is Vista with service pack
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Re: Windows 7 account lockout

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cheers mate i had to use method 2 cos 3 wasnt there but nevertheless it worked.

For those of you that havent seen it you do this:

-Open Command Prompt as Administrator
-type net accounts and hit Enter.
-you will see a list of details lockout threshold, duration, etc.
-to change the lockout threshold type net accounts /lockoutthreshold:x (x being the number of failed attempts allowed-upto 999).
-to change the duration type net accounts /lockoutduration:x (x being the duration [minutes] of lockout-upto 99,999).

You MUST put the space between net accounts and the /, or it wont work (honestly i tried about 10 times!).

Note these commands are officially for Vista, but they worked fine on Win 7 Home Premium.

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Awesome glad it worked out for you
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This software is completely unnecessary as Windows has a built in password-reset-disk making feature.
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