Get Back Now If You Are Locked Out Of Your Computer [2024]

Locked out of your Windows computer? Here's how to regain access and get back to work Hassle-Free!

It can be frustrating if you are locked out of your computer and can’t use it. Whether it’s due to entering the wrong password too many times, forgetting it, or encountering a technical glitch, it disrupts your workflow. But don’t worry; I am here and can help you solve this problem.

One common scenario is encountering an error message like “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to.” This can result from system updates, corrupted user profiles, or misconfigured security settings. I’ve navigated through these errors and successfully restored access, and I’ll share my strategies with you here in this guide.

Error message – Image Credit (Emopulse)

Key Takeaways

  • The error message “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” signals a lockout situation where access to the Windows computer is denied due to account disablement.
  • Lockouts commonly stem from system updates, corrupted user profiles, or security misconfigurations, leading to account disablement.
  • To regain access, users can troubleshoot in Safe Mode, use alternative administrative accounts, or seek IT support for account reactivation and system restoration.

Here are some universally applicable and effective solutions I’ve compiled to help troubleshoot the issue of a Windows user being logged out of their computer. Let’s start with the simple ones first:

  • Restarting Computer
  • Double-Check Your Credentials

If the above simple fixes do not work for you, you can go for the following advanced fixes:

Booting Into Safe Mode

I suggest booting into Safe Mode if the above methods don’t help. After experiencing persistent login issues on my Windows computer, I turned to my team for some troubleshooting advice. They suggested booting into Safe Mode as a potential solution. Then, I found that this method has also proved effective for the Vivaldi community. Intrigued, I opted to give it a shot. Here’s how I accessed Safe Mode and resolved the login problem:

  1. Restart your computer: While holding the “Shift” key, click “Restart” during the boot process.
  2. Choose Advanced Options: Upon rebooting, you’ll encounter a blue screen displaying several options. Click “Advanced options.”
    Advanced options – Image Credit (Emopulse)
  3. Navigate to Startup Settings: Select “Startup Settings” followed by “Restart.”
    Startup Settings – Image Credit (Emopulse)
  4. Enable Safe Mode: Your computer will restart again. To enter Safe Mode, press “F4” or “F5” on keyboard during startup.
    Safe Mode – Image Credit (Emopulse)
  5. Try logging in normally: Once in Safe Mode, attempt to log in to your user account again. If successful, the issue might be related to specific software or drivers.

This method proved effective, allowing me to log in successfully and pinpoint potential software or driver-related issues.

Logging Into Another Administrator Account

On a home or shared office PC, if you’re locked out of your Windows user account, there’s usually another administrator account accessible. In these circumstances, ask another administrator for help changing or deleting your password. This approach has proven effective for me on previous occasions and for many Quora users. Below, I’ve outlined the steps to solve this problem:

  1. Access Administrator Account: Log into another administrator account on your computer.
  2. Open Run: Press “Windows + R”, type “lusrmgr.msc”, and hit Enter.
    Windows+R – Image Credit (Emopulse)
  3. Click on Users: In Local Users and Groups, click “Users.”
    Users folder – Image Credit (Emopulse)
  4. Set New Password: Right-click the affected user account, select Set Password,” and follow the prompts to reset it. Then, log in with the new password.
    Password reset – Image Credit (Emopulse)

Performing System Restore

I would advise rebooting your computer if none of the aforementioned options worked. When you restore your computer to factory settings, all of your accounts are deleted, making it possible to use the device without a password. When all other options fail, this technique becomes the sole choice, even if it may not be ideal and causes the loss of all file data on Windows. Here are the steps to reset your computer:

  1. Click Restart Option: Press and hold the “Shift” key, then click the “Restart” option on the “Start Menu.”
  2. Reset PC: From the Windows Recovery Environment,  choose “Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.”Troubleshoot – Image Credit (Emopulse)
  3. Reinstall Windows: Select “Remove everything” and follow the instructions to reinstall the Windows OS.
    Reset the PC – Image Credit (Emopulse)

By adhering to these steps, gaining access to the Windows computer becomes a straightforward process.

Final Verdict

It can be inconvenient and interrupt your workflow to receive the “Windows user logged out of her computer” error. Nonetheless, there are practical options available. I’ve put up widely applicable techniques to fix Windows login issues after doing a lot of testing. There are several ways to get access back, ranging from easy ones like rebooting your computer to more complex ones like booting into Safe Mode.

Restoring your computer to its factory settings with a system restore may be required as a final option. This can fix the login problem, but it can also cause data loss. Furthermore, Microsoft developers are also working to find a solid solution for this problem.

Here are my other helpful guides on:

  1. How To Remove Bing From Windows 11
  2. How To Disable Windows Firewall?
  3. How To Turn Off Efficiency Mode In Windows 11?
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