How to List All User Accounts on a Windows System Using PowerShell

by Danny Murphy

In this post, I’ll show you how to list all the local users on a Windows system using PowerShell.


The Get-LocalUser PowerShell cmdlet lists all the local users on a device. Remember that Active Directory domain controllers don’t have local user accounts.


If you want to see all the parameters available, pipe the results to the Select cmdlet:

Get-LocalUser | Select *

Running the cmdlet without any parameters returns all accounts but you can also add the -Name or -SID parameters to return information about a specific account. The command below returns the user account with security identifier (SID) S-1-5-2.

Figure 1
Get-LocalUser -SID S-1-5-2

Get-LocalUser is limited to listing accounts on the system where the command is run. But Get-WmiObject queries local users on remote systems using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

Get-WmiObject -ComputerName workstation1 -Class Win32_UserAccount -Filter "LocalAccount=True"

The output can be piped to Select to display just the information you need, and then piped to Out-GridView to display it in separate window with the ability to sort and filter the information.

Get-WmiObject -ComputerName workstation1 -Class Win32_UserAccount -Filter "LocalAccount=True" | Select PSComputername, Name, Status, Disabled, AccountType, Lockout, PasswordRequired, PasswordChangeable | Out-GridView

Most people associate ADSI with Active Directory, but it can also be used to enumerate local accounts.

$adsi = [ADSI]"WinNT://workstation1"
$Users = $adsi.Children | where {$_.SchemaClassName -eq 'user'}

The above code displays information about all the users on workstation1. You can add a number after the $Users variable to display each user individually. Adding a zero displays information about the first user, and a ‘1’ about the second user, and so on.

$Users[0] | Select *


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