Membership in Account Operators, Domain Admins, or Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To disable or enable a computer account using Active Directory Administrative Center
  1. To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Administrative Center.


    Another way to open Active Directory Administrative Center is to click Start, click Run, and then type dsac.exe.

  2. In the navigation pane, select the node that contains the computer account whose status you want to change.

  3. In the management list, right-click the computer whose status you want to change.

  4. Depending on the status of the computer account, do one of the following:

    • To disable the computer account, click Disable.

    • To enable the computer account, click Enable.

Additional considerations

  • When you disable a computer account, the computer cannot authenticate to the domain until it has been enabled.

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Disable or Enable a Computer Account (

    For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (

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