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How to Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11

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Want to restrict access temporarily on a Windows 11 PC? You can temporarily disable a user account using this guide.

Want to control user access to your Windows 11 PC? You might need to consider restricting access to user accounts on your device. Instead of completely removing the account, you can disable it temporarily instead.

Disabling an account allows you to preserve the users’ settings and files if you need to restore access to it later. Windows 11 provides a few different ways to disable an account using the Settings app or the more technical Computer Management tool.

If you want to temporarily disable an account on Windows 11, follow these steps.

How to Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11

As we’ve mentioned, there are two methods for disabling an account on Windows 11 using the Settings or Computer Management tools.

Using Computer Management

To disable a user account with Computer Management on Windows 11:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Search for computer management and select the result at the top.Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11
  3. When Computer Management opens, navigate to the following path:
    Computer Management > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users

    Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11

  4. Right-click the user you want to disable and select Properties from the menu.Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11
  5. When the Properties window opens, check the Account is disabled box and click Apply and OK.Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11
  6. To reenable the account, return to Computer Management and uncheck the Account is disabled box. The account will be available as expected and can be used without missing settings or data loss.

Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11

Moving forward, the account you disabled will no longer be accessible to log in unless you restore access. However, the account is still available until it’s removed from the system.

Using Settings

You can also temporarily disable Windows 11 accounts using the Settings app.

Note: You can only use Settings to disable family accounts. It doesn’t work with Microsoft or Local accounts.

To disable a user account via Settings:

  1. Open the Start menu.tart Settings Windows 11
  2. When Settings opens, click Accounts from the left panel.
  3. Next, select Family or Family & other users on the right.Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11
  4. Under the Your family section, find the family member and click the Block sign-in button.Temporarily Disable an Account on Windows 11
  5. Click the Block button when the blue verification window appears.block-user-from-sign-in-feat

After following the steps, the family member will no longer be able to sign into their account. Instead, their account will no longer be visible on the sign-in screen.

Restricting User Access on Windows 11

Using the steps above, you can block user access temporarily on Windows 11. If you want the family member to have the ability to sign in in the future, go back into Settings or Computer Management and reverse the process.

This only works if you have separate user accounts—add another user on Windows 11 if you don’t. If you want to personalize your own account, you can change your account name or consider changing your account picture on Windows 11.

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