Is there a way to bring up the User Accounts windows in Windows 7 or 8, which appears when you type "control userpasswords2" via the user interface? I searched for it in every imaginable place and sub-menu, but so far haven't found it. Thank you.


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Just found out: the control userpasswords2 practically starts the netplwiz.exe utility. So in order to start it via the GUI, just go to %windir%/system32 and there double click on netplwiz.exe.

You can also add it as an option to the control panel via this script: Add User Accounts Utility (Userpasswords2) to Control Panel


2 ways of achieving this:

  1. Win+R | control userpasswords2 | enter
  2. Win+R | netplwiz | enter
  • This does not start the tool via the GUI (like from the Control Panel for example), but involves writing commands. Dec 1, 2014 at 7:43
  1. Hit the Windows key.
  2. Type Users.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click "Change Account Type".
  • It's not exactly the same tool as netplwiz.exe. Start both and compare them. Dec 11, 2012 at 10:46
  • I'm running Windows 8 Enterprise RTM and it pulls up literally the same UI. As in I ran netplwiz.exe and then followed my instructions and nothing happened, because it was already running. Could be a domain thing maybe.
    – Mark Allen
    Dec 11, 2012 at 18:59
  • When I follow your instructions I get this: imageshack.us/f/585/31499220.png Dec 12, 2012 at 10:11
  • I see! It must be a Windows 8 SKU difference, it looks like you're running "Windows 8" where I am running "Windows 8 Enterprise". Sorry for the confusion!
    – Mark Allen
    Dec 12, 2012 at 18:37
  • I'm also running Enterprise :) Dec 13, 2012 at 6:21

On Windows 7,

1) Bring up the Control Panel (e.g., from the Start Menu).

If the Control Panel is in Categories mode (which, I believe, is the default),
2) Click on “User Accounts”, and
3) Click on “Give other users access to this computer”.

If the Control Panel is in Icons mode,
2) Click on “User Accounts”, and
3) Click on “Manage User Accounts”.


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