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How to Create a Guest Account in Windows 10

How to Create a Guest Account in Windows 10

Windows used to have a dedicated Guest account you could enable that would allow someone to temporarily use your computer, while ensuring they wouldn’t see your private data. Guest account also had limited access, so anyone logged in as a guest couldn’t install software or change system settings.

We will show you how to create a standard Visitor account with some limitations in Windows 10 because, unfortunately, this operating system does not allow you to use a limited Guest account.

The Guest account from Windows is a standard, local user account, with very limited permissions. The Guest account has the following restrictions:


  • It does not have a password, and you cannot set one for it
  • You cannot use it to install programs, universal apps or hardware devices
  • It can use only the applications that were already installed on the PC when the Guest account was enabled
  • It cannot change its account type, name or picture
  • It cannot change the settings of other user accounts
  • It cannot access the libraries and user folders of other user accounts
  • It can create files only on the desktop and in its user folders - it cannot create folders and files anywhere else on your PC
  • The Guest user account can be enabled or disabled only by an administrator


When visitors want to use your Windows computer, the Guest account allows them to browse the internet, use Facebook or watch videos on YouTube, while keeping your settings, work, and files, safe from prying eyes.

In Windows 10, you can no longer easily turn on the Guest account—but you can still create a guest account using the Command Prompt.

We will create a guest account called "Visitor" (you can call it whatever you want). The name “Guest” is a reserved account name in Windows, even though you can’t access the built-in guest account anymore.

1. Please open the Command Prompt by typing cmd.exe into Start Menu, right-click on Cmd.exe, and open it as an administrator.

2. Type the following command at the Command Prompt and press Enter key.

Code:

Net user Visitor /add /active:yes




3. Type the following command at the Command Prompt and press Enter key.

Code:

Net user Visitor *




When asked for the password, press Enter without typing one. Then, just press Enter again when asked to retype the password.

4. Type the following command at the Command Prompt and press Enter key.

Code:

Net localgroup users Visitor /delete




5. Type the following command at the Command Prompt and press Enter key.

Code:

Net localgroup guests Visitor /add




6. Close the Command Prompt window.

There are two ways you can access the Visitor account. If you’re currently using your account on the computer, you can select the Visitor account on the Start Menu to log into that account for your guest.

You can also logoff and login to Visitor account.

If you find you don’t need the Visitor account anymore, you can delete the Visitor account by executing following command from Command Prompt.

Code:

Net user Visitor /delete


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