Setup guest account on Windows 10

guest account on windows 10

Windows guest account allows other people use your computer without being able to modify PC settings, access your private files or Install apps. When you have to share your computer temporarily that comes in handy. You can no longer easily turn on the guest account from the Control Panel in windows 10. Here is a workaround to enable a guest account that actually works.

You’ll find articles that tell you how to enable the “hidden” guest account in Windows 10 across the web by using the group policy editor or the Command Prompt in Windows. While these methods do make it look like the guest account is enabled. Actually, they don’t work. You’ll be instead forced to log into your current account when you try to switch to the guest account.

However, there is a method that I’ve tried that does work, adapter from a tip offered by Super User member.

Create a new user account and assign it to the guest’s group. This will make that account act the same way the built-in guest account should. The user will be able to use your computer without installing apps or accessing settings. Since “Guest” is a reserved account name in Windows, we’ll use “Visitor.”

1. Right-tap on the Windows button and select Command Prompt (Admin): This is the fast way to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.


2. Tap Yes when asked if you want to continue.

3. Type the following command and then tap Enter:
net user Visitor /add /active:yes


4. When asked to set a password Press Enter twice. This will create a blank password for the account.


5. Type the following command and then tap Enter:
net localgroup users Visitor /delete


This removes the Visitor user from the default users group.

6. Type the following command and then click Enter:
net localgroup guests Visitor /add


This adds the Visitor user to the guest’s group. That is more restricted than local users.

You can now close the Command Prompt.

How to Switch to the Guest Account

1. Tap the windows button.
2. Tap on your username.
3. Tap Visitor.


Alternatively, you can choose the Visitor account from the windows login screen.

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