Set up a Guest Ac­count


If you fre­quently have fleet­ing vis­i­tors in your home, you may wish to pro­vide a lim­ited user ex­pe­ri­ence for ba­sic tasks such as brows­ing the web. For rea­sons un­known to us, Mi­crosoft has dis­abled the Guest ac­count, but it’s rel­a­tively straight­for­ward to get back, and the quick­est way is via the Com­mand Prompt. To cre­ate a guest ac­count named Vis­i­tor, and as­sign it to the Guest ac­count group, first right-click the “Start” but­ton, choose “Com­mand Prompt ( Ad­min),” then type the fol­low­ing:

$ net user Vis­i­tor /add /active:yes $ net user Vis­i­tor *

Press [En­ter] twice when prompted to add a pass­word, so it stays blank. Now type:

$ net lo­cal­group users Vis­i­tor /delete $ net lo­cal­group guests Vis­i­tor /add

The first com­mand re­moves the Vis­i­tor ac­count group (all new ac­counts are al­lo­cated their own group of the same name), while the sec­ond then as­signs it to the Guest group. Yes, de­spite the fact that Mi­crosoft has re­moved the Guest ac­count, it has kept the Guest group alive, which ba­si­cally of­fers ex­actly the same level of lim­ited ac­ces­si­bil­ity as the Guest ac­count pro­vided in ear­lier ver­sions of Win­dows.

Once com­plete, your guests can be di­rected to the Vis­i­tor ac­count. They can use a lim­ited set of apps, but will be de­nied ac­cess to other parts of your sys­tem, such as Set­tings and the Mi­crosoft Store. You can still in­stall desk­top pro­grams, how­ever— with the req­ui­site Ad­min pass­word and/or PIN, of course.

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