When you first set up a Windows computer, Windows creates several different types of accounts. Normally, the only one you will be interested in is your own account. Sometimes, however, it might be helpful to see more information and this week’s Quick Tips article will show you how.
How To See Your Account Information
To see the information for your account only, do the following:
- Open a Command Prompt (this can be done by typing command prompt in the Start Menu and choosing it from the resulting list)
- In the Command Prompt window, type net user “user name” and hit Enter (replace “user name” with the name of the account you want to see)
That should bring you to a screen that looks similar to this one:
How To See All Accounts
To see all the accounts that Windows has currently set up on your computer, follow these steps:
- Open a Command Prompt
- Type in wmic useraccount list full and hit Enter
That should bring you to a screen similar to this:
Note: Due to size limitations the above image does not show the entire list.
The last entry in the above image shows my current account along with a lot more information about it:
- Account Type – This number is a flag Windows uses to determine the type of account it is. 512 means that it is a default account that represents a typical user
- SID – Security Identifier is a string that identifies the current user
- SIDType – This let’s Window know the type of account that is being referenced: 1 means User, 2 means Group, 3 means Domain, and there are others as well
For a complete list of Account Types, please visit this Microsoft page.
To better understand SIDTypes and discover what they mean, please visit this Wikipedia page.
If you would like the Command Prompt to send its results to a text file, this can be accomplished by using the greater-than symbol (>) within the command to redirect the output. It works like this:
- If you type the original command (wmic useraccount list full), the output is directed to the screen by default
- If you want the output to be sent to a text file, type this instead: wmic useraccount list full >”filename.txt”
Whatever you choose for the file name, it will be sent to your User folder in the form of a text file which you can then open with any text editor, like Notepad for instance.
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