Getting a List of User Accounts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 27, 2017)

You already know that Windows allows you to create multiple user accounts on one physical computer. This is a great feature, as it allows multiple people to use a computer and configure it to their individual liking. Over time, however, you may lose track of the user accounts created on a particular system.

Fortunately, it is rather easy to see what user accounts there are on a system. Start by displaying the command prompt, and then enter the following:

net user

When you press Enter, Windows displays all the users on the system. For instance, here is the list of users I saw when I used this command on my Windows 8 system. (See Figure 1.) (There are only three users listed, which is good to know. If there were more, I'd need to investigate where they came from.)

Figure 1. The net user command can show a list of user accounts.

If you need to capture the list of users into a text file so you can work with it in some other way, you can use the old DOS trick of directing output into a text file:

net user > c:\UserList.txt

Run this command and you end up with the user list in the file UserList.txt, in the root directory of the C: drive. From there you can load it and work with it the same as any other text file.

 This tip (13121) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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