As, I have been entering a wrong password for more than five times into the login screen, now I understand why I’m locked out of my account currently. I’m very desperate to log in again but it won’t happen. Could you help me please?
“The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” is an official notification which is especially generated by Microsoft. This particular message indicates the fact that a PC user has been typing a wrong password for a multiple number of times, which is why the Windows locked the particular account and prevented the user from signing in for a particular period of time which is not specified.
As per experts, “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” error message usually emerges on Windows 10 computer systems which belongs to the domain with the configured account lockout threshold policy.
Also, “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” error occurred due to the account being temporarily locked out after typing the wrong password for several times in the log-in screen when a computer has multiple accounts with the account lockout threshold policy configured.
To Easily Fix the issue “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not
be logged on to” Error on Windows 10, follow the following simple solutions which is mentioned below:
Solution 1. Fixing “The referenced account is currently locked out and many not be logged on to” error by editing Local Security Policy.
Step:1. First, click on “Windows Key + R” and type “secpol.msc” and then click on “OK” button.
Step:2. A “Local Security Policy” window opens. Now select “Security Settings”.
Step:3. Now, open “Account Policy” and right after that select “Account Lockout Policy”.
Step:4. Double click on the “Account Lockout threshold policy” which is situated on the right to open “Settings configuration” window.
Step:5. If you want to disable account lockout by replacing the existing value with “0” and then click on “Apply” to save the changes.
Step:6. Right after that press “OK” and close the Local Security Policy window.
Step:7. Right after that, you’ll be able to log on your account without seeing “The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged on to” error.
Solution 2. Check DNS settings
Step:1. First right click on “Start” button and pick “Network Connections”.
Step:2. Select “Ethernet” which is located on the right pane.
Step:3. Now, click on “Change adapter” options located on the right.
Step:4. Right after that right click on “Ethernet” and select “Properties”.
Step:5. Now, find “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” from the list and then click on “Properties”.
Step:6. Tick mark on “Obtain DNS server addresses automatically” and then click on “OK” in the the properties window.
If that fetches no results, then you should try swapping to Google’s DNS by tick marking on “Use the following DNS server addresses” and enter the following:
Preferred DND server: 188.8.131.52
Alternative DNS server: 184.108.40.206
Solution 3. Set the account password to never expire
Step:1. Firstly, Press “Windows Key + R” and type “lusrmgr.msc” and right after then click on “OK” button.
Step:2. Now, select “Users” which is located in the right pane.
Step:3. Right after that right click on the user and select “Properties”.
Step:4. Tick the “Password never expires” box and then click on “OK” in the “General” tab.
Solution 5. Clear cached credentials from your computer system
Step:1. First click on “Start” button and type “Credential Manager” into the search box.
Step:2. Now, select “Windows Credentials”.
Step:3. Click and move your cursor next to credentials which you want to remove and then select “Remove”.
Solution 5. Use Password reset disk or format Windows
The only solution is reset your password using a Password reset disk. But for this purpose, you have to create a disk in some time ago.
In case you don’t have a password reset disk, then we have a very sad news for you because the only way left to unlock your computer system is to format Windows.