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27 Useful net command examples to Manage Windows Resources

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In this article, I will take you through 27 Important net command examples to Manage Windows Resources. If you are a Windows command line lover then I am sure you are going to like this article. net command in Windows is used to manage groups, users, account policies and so on. You can use this command not only for your local system resources but for your domain resources as well. We will see some interesting net command examples in below section. More on Microsoft docs.

30 Useful net command examples to Manage Windows Resources

Useful net command examples to Manage Windows Resources

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Example 1: How to Start a Service in Windows using net command

If you want to start a service in windows then you need to use net start <service> syntax. In this example we are starting Windows Update Service by using net start wuauserv command as shown below.

C:\>net start wuauserv
The Windows Update service is starting.
The Windows Update service was started successfully.

 

Example 2: How to Stop a Service in Windows using net command

If you want to stop a service in windows then you need to use net stop <service> syntax. In this example we are stopping Windows Update Service by using net stop wuauserv command as shown below.

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C:\>net stop wuauserv
The Windows Update service is stopping.
The Windows Update service was stopped successfully.

 

Example 3: How to Change User Password in Windows using net command

You can also change a user credentials using net command in Windows. In this example we are changing the password of user cyberithub to pass123 using net user cyberithub pass123 command as shown below.

C:\>net user cyberithub pass123
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 4: How to Get the List of all Users in the System

You can use net user command to check all the local users in the System.

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C:\>net user

User accounts for \\DESKTOP-JSK6PD

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Administrator cyberithub DefaultAccount
Guest WDAGUtilityAccount
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 5: How to Add a Local User in the System

If you want to add any local user in the system then you need to use net user <user_name> <password> /add syntax. In this example we are adding a local user cyberithub with password pass123 using net user cyberithub pass123 /add command as shown below.

C:\>net user cyberithub pass123 /add
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 6: How to Delete a User from the System

If you want to delete a local user from the System then you need to use net user <user_name> /delete syntax. In this example we are deleting user cyberithub using net user cyberithub /delete command as shown below.

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C:\>net user cyberithub /delete
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 7: How to Get the List of All Local Groups

To get the list of all Local Groups, you can use net localgroup command as shown below.

C:\>net localgroup

Aliases for \\DESKTOP-JSK6PD

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*Administrators
*Device Owners
*Distributed COM Users
*Event Log Readers
*Guests
*Hyper-V Administrators
*IIS_IUSRS
*Performance Log Users
*Performance Monitor Users
*Remote Management Users
*System Managed Accounts Group
*Users
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 8: How to Get the List of all the members of a Local Group

If you want to check the list of all the members of a local group then you need to use net localgroup <group_name> syntax. In this example we are checking the list of all the members of Administrators group using net localgroup Administrators command as shown below.

C:\>net localgroup Administrators
Alias name Administrators
Comment Administrators have complete and unrestricted access to the computer/domain

Members

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Administrator
cyberithub
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 9: How to Add a User into a Local Group

Using net command you can also add a user to a local group. In this example we are adding a User cyberithub to Administrators group using net localgroup administrators cyberithub /add command as shown below.

C:\>net localgroup administrators cyberithub /add
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 10: How to Remove User from a Local Group

If you want to remove a user from a local group then you need to use net localgroup <group_name> <user_name> /delete syntax. In this example we are removing user cyberithub from administrators group by using net localgroup administrators cyberithub /delete command as shown below.

C:\>net localgroup administrators cyberithub /delete
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 11: How to Save all the group members of current domain User in a File

If you want to save all the group members of current domain user in a file then you need to use net user /domain <user_account> >> <file.txt> syntax. In this example we are saving all the groups which user john.wick is a member in a file called groupname.txt by using net user /domain john.wick >> groupname.txt command as shown below.

C:/>net user /domain john.wick >> groupname.txt

 

Example 12: How to Save all the members of a Group in a File

You can also save the details of the members of a group in a file by using redirection operator. In this example we are saving all the members of ITGroup to a file abc.txt using net group ITGroup /domain >c:\abc.txt command as shown below.

C:\>net group ITGroup /domain >c:\abc.txt

 

Example 13: How to Copy the Contents from another System 

If you want you can also copy the contents from another system using net use command. In this example we are copying entire c drive content of DESKTOP-THKO9 system in the current folder of our system using net use \\DESKTOP-THKO9\c$ * /USER:mx\john.wick command as shown below.

NOTE:

Please note that here I am using domain account john.wick for copying all the files and folders from DESKTOP-THKO9 system to current system.
C:\>net use \\DESKTOP-THKO9\c$ * /USER:mx\john.wick

 

Example 14: How to Share a Folder with Specific Permission 

You can share a folder with some specific permission then you can use below net share command. In this example we are publicly sharing s:\Public file with GRANT access given to Everyone using net share Public=s:\Public /GRANT:Everyone,FULL command as shown below.

C:\>net share Public=s:\Public /GRANT:Everyone,FULL

 

Example 15: How to Share a Folder with Alias

If you are looking to share a folder using some alias then you need to use net share list="<share_file_path> <alias>" syntax. In this example we are looking to share a file art available under c drive with the alias lst using net share list="c:\art lst" command as shown below.

C:\>net share list="c:\art lst"

 

Example 16: How to Stop Sharing a Folder

If you want to stop sharing a folder then you need to use net share <folder_name> /delete syntax. In this example we are stop sharing DataShare folder using net share DataShare /delete command as shown below.

C:\>net share DataShare /delete

 

Example 17: How to Check all the Shared Folders

If you want to check all the shared folders then you need to use net share command as shown below.

C:\>net share

Share name Resource Remark

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
C$ C:\ Default share
D$ D:\ Default share
E$ E:\ Default share
IPC$ Remote IPC
ADMIN$ C:\Windows Remote Admin
soft C:\Users\cyberithub\Downloads\soft
Users C:\Users
The command completed successfully.

 

Example 18: How to Check If a User Account is Locked

If you want to check a user account is locked or not then you need to check "Account Active" status from net user /domain <user_name> command. In this example we are checking John Wick user account by using net user /domain john.wick | find /i "Account active" command as shown below.

C:\>net user /domain john.wick | find /i "Account active"

 

Example 19: How to Add a Group to Domain User

If you want to add a group to current domain user then you need to use net group <group_name> <user_name> /add /domain syntax. In this example we are adding "Internet Access Group" to user John Wick using net group "Internet Access Group" john.wick /add /domain command as shown below.

C:\>net group "Internet Access Group" john.wick /add /domain

 

Example 20: How to Unlock a Domain User Account

If you want to unlock a current domain user account then you need to use net user <user_name> /DOMAIN /ACTIVE:YES command as shown below. In this example we are unlocking account of user John Wick using net user john.wick /DOMAIN /ACTIVE:YES command.

C:\>net user john.wick /DOMAIN /ACTIVE:YES

 

Example 21: How to Check If the Domain User is Active

If you want to check current domain user is active or not then you need to use net user <user_account> /domain | FIND /I "Account Active" syntax. In this example we are checking about john.wick user account by using net user john.wick /DOMAIN | FIND /I "Account active" command as shown below.

C:\>net user john.wick /DOMAIN | FIND /I "Account active"

 

Example 22: How to List all the workgroups in current Domain

If you want to check all the workgroups in current domain then you need to use net view /domain command as shown below.

C:\>net view /domain

 

Example 23: How to Check Last Login time of User in Current Domain

If you want check the Login time of any user in current domain then you need to look for "Last Logon" from net user <user_name> /domain output. In this example we are checking the last login time of user John by using net user john /domain | findstr /C:"Last logon" command as shown below.

C:\>net user john /domain | findstr /C:"Last logon"

 

Example 24: How to Check the List of Configurable Services

If you want to check the list of configurable services then you need to use net config command as shown below.

C:\>net config
The following running services can be controlled:

Server
Workstation

The command completed successfully.

 

Example 25: How to Check the Workstation Stats

If you are looking to check the complete workstation stats then you need to use net stats workstation command as shown below.

C:\>net stats workstation
Workstation Statistics for \\DESKTOP-JSK6PD

Statistics since 25-07-2021 23:09:17

Bytes received 177864
Server Message Blocks (SMBs) received 1
Bytes transmitted 163656
Server Message Blocks (SMBs) transmitted 0
Read operations 0
Write operations 0
Raw reads denied 0
Raw writes denied 0

 

Example 26: How to remove a currently mapped drive

If you are looking to unmap the currently mapped drive then you need to use net use <drive>: /delete syntax. In this example we are unmapping E drive using net use e: /delete command as shown below.

C:\>net use e: /delete

 

Example 27: How to Check all the Options available with net command

If you want to check all the switches available with net command then you need to use net help command as shown below.

C:\>net help
The syntax of this command is:

NET HELP
command
-or-
NET command /HELP

Commands available are:

NET ACCOUNTS NET HELPMSG NET STATISTICS
NET COMPUTER NET LOCALGROUP NET STOP
NET CONFIG NET PAUSE NET TIME
NET CONTINUE NET SESSION NET USE
NET FILE NET SHARE NET USER
NET GROUP NET START NET VIEW
NET HELP

NET HELP NAMES explains different types of names in NET HELP syntax lines.
NET HELP SERVICES lists some of the services you can start.
NET HELP SYNTAX explains how to read NET HELP syntax lines.
NET HELP command | MORE displays Help one screen at a time.

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