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How To Create A Guest Account In Windows 10

If you're having friends or acquaintances visiting and they wish to access your computer for whatever reason It may be, It's good practice to create a Guest account, and have them use that. It's similar to a Standard local user account, but with very limited privileges, hence perfect for temporary usage. Unfortunately, you cannot enable the built-In Guest account In Windows 10, but In this tutorial, I will show you a neat little workaround to create one on your PC.

There are many guides on the Internet, that claim to enable the native Windows 10 Guest account by using the Group Policy Editor or simply via the Search function, however during my tests, It's failed to do so. As mentioned above, the built-In Guest account In Windows 10 cannot be enabled. That Is, It exists, but you cannot enable It.

As such, I will demonstrate how to create one with similar functionality and restricted privileges. Given the Guest account already exists In Windows 10, you cannot use the term Guest when creating the other account, hence name It whatever you like. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:
The first thing we need to do, Is access the Command Prompt with elevated privileges. Open the Search bar and enter cmd, then right-click the result at the top and select Run as administrator.

Step Two:
The Command Prompt will now execute, so Input the following command.
net user MyGuest /add /active:yes

Replace MyGuest with the name of the account that you're creating. Hit Enter on your keyboard, and the message of The command completed successfully will be returned.

Step Three:
Next, type net user MyGuest * (where MyGuest Is your account name), and hit the Enter key on your keyboard. You'll be prompted to enter a password. Just leave It blank and hit Enter again.

Step Four:
It will ask to retype the password to confirm, so once again, leave It blank and hit Enter.

Step Five:
The account has now been created, as confirmed by the message of The command completed successfully.

Step Six:
However, the account has been added to the default users group. We don't want that, so enter the following command to delete It from there. Keep remembering to replace MyGuest with the name of your account.
net localgroup users MyGuest /delete

The message as arrowed below will be returned, thus all went well.

Step Seven:
What we want now, Is to add the account to the Guests group, so simply type the command below, and hit the Enter key.
net localgroup guests MyGuest /add

When you see The command completed successfully, the entire process Is finalized. The Guest account has been created. We'll check It out In the next step.

Step Eight:
Here's my account settings In Control Panel, before all the above was applied.

Last Step:
And this Is the result. As you can see, my Guest account has been successfully created. I can now use this, as a restricted account for friends who wish to access my PC.

Final Thoughts:
Do note (and as already mentioned), Windows 10 does not allow you to enable the built-In Guest account. This tutorial simply creates an account, by adding It to the Guests group with similar (restricted) privileges and permissions. So If you have people whom you don't really trust that want to use your computer, they can now use the Guest account that you've just created.

As such, they cannot Install programs, change the settings of other user accounts, create files and folders on your PC and so forth. It's Ideal as a temporary means of accessing your PC.


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