Checking a Windows user account

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Windows user accounts can be either domain accounts, or local accounts. Only local accounts are available on Windows Home editions.

Domain accounts

Check domain accounts in Active Directory Users and Computers.

Local accounts

Check local accounts in Computer Management on the workstation concerned.

Applies to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)

Not product specific

What To Do

Opening Active Directory Users and Computers

  1. On the Desktop of the computer press the Windows key and the R key to open a run box.
  2. In the run box type: dsa.msc and press enter.
  3. In the Active Directory Users and Computers window, in the Tree pane, click the Users folder and select the user.
  4. Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.

Opening Computer Management

  1. On the Desktop of the computer press the Windows key and the R key to open a run box.
  2. In the run box type: compmgmt.msc and press enter.
  3. In the Computer Manager window, in the Tree pane, click the 'Local Users and Groups' folder and then the 'Users' folder.
  4. Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.

Checking if an account is enabled or disabled

  1. Select the General tab.
  2. Is 'Account is disabled' selected?

Checking if an account has administrative rights over this computer

  1. Select the 'Member Of' tab.
  2. Is Administrators in the 'Member of' list?

Adding a user to a group

  1. Select the 'Member Of' tab.
  2. Click 'Add'.
  3. Highlight the group and click 'Add'.
  4. Click 'OK' to add the user to the group.
  5. Click 'OK' to confirm.

Removing a user from a group

  1. Select the 'Member Of' tab.
  2. Click 'Remove'.
  3. Click 'OK' to remove the user from the group.
  4. Click 'OK' to confirm.

 
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