Though not often, there might be times when you need to know a specific SID of a specific user account or all the user accounts. If that’s the case, follow the below steps to find SID of a user in Windows 10.
Windows provides several different ways to find SID of any user or all users. For simplicity’s sake, I’ve divided the post into two major sections with different methods in them. The first section shows you ways to find SID of a specific user and the second section for all users.
Note: I’m showing the procedure in Windows 10, but the same steps are applicable to Windows 7 and Windows 8 too.
Find SID of a Specific User
To find the SID of a specific user, follow one of the below methods. Both work the same.
Command Prompt Command:
If you want to know the SID of your own user account i.e, the current user, it is pretty easy. Just execute the below command.
As soon as you execute the command, it will your user name and the associated SID.
To find SID of another user, you should use the below command. Don’t forget to replace USERNAME with the actual username of the user you are trying to get the SID of.
wmic useraccount where name="USERNAME" get sid
Since you already know the username, unlike the first command, the command will just show the SID of the target user.
Find SID of All Users
To find the SID of all users in your system, follow one of the below methods. Both work the same.
Command Prompt Command:
First, open the Command Prompt from the Start menu and execute the below command. If you look at the command, it is pretty much similar to the specific user command but a tad bit different.
wmic useraccount get name,sid
Upon successful execution, the Command Prompt window will list all users on your system along with their SIDs.
If you are a PowerShell user, you can use a simple cmdlet. First, open the PowerShell by searching for it in the start menu and execute the below command.
Get-WmiObject win32_useraccount | Select name,sid
As soon as you execute the command, PowerShell will list all user accounts on your system along with their SIDs.
What is a SID?
SID (Security Identifier) is a simple string value that is automatically generated for every user account and group. Windows uses the SID to manage various things like user settings, control user resources, files, shares, networks, registry keys, etc. Simply put, SID is like the identity that Windows uses to manage the user.
That is all. It is that simple to find SID of users in Windows 10. If you need any help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.