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How to Create a Guest Account on Windows 10

Oyetoke Tobi - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Windows' OS guest account allows other people make use of your computer without being able to change your PC settings, install apps or access any of your private files. This feature will come in handy if you have to share your computer temporarily with someone else. 

But since the release of Windows 10, you can no longer easily enable the guest account from the Control Panel like we could in previous OS. However, there’s a workaround you can use to enable a guest account and this actually works.

From all over the web, you'll definitely find articles that will show you how to enable the "hidden" guest account in Windows 10, with the Command Prompt or the group policy editor in Windows. Although these methods usually make it look like the guest account is enabled, but the truth is that they don't actually work. With most of these methods, if you try to switch to the guest account, you'll be instead forced to log into your current account which is not cool at all.

However, there’s a method that I've tried myself that does work, tailored from a tip provided by Super User member The Professional which is to: Create a new user account and assign it to the guests group. Doing this will make that account behave the same way the built-in guest account should: The guest user will definitely be able to use your computer without getting access to your settings or installing apps. Since "Guest" keyword is a reserved account name in Windows, we'll be using the "Visitor" keyword.

Here’s how to do just that

Creating a Guest Account on Windows 10

So right-click on the Windows button which is beside the search box, and then click on Command Prompt (Admin). This is one of the fastest ways to open the Command Prompt as an administrator.


Then click “Yes” if prompted if you want to continue.

Then type in the following command line and press Enter: 
net user Visitor /add /active:yes


So press the “Enter” button twice when prompted to set a password. Doing this will create a blank password for the account.


Then type in also the following command and then press Enter:
net localgroup users Visitor /delete


Doing this removes the Visitor user from the default users group.

Then type in the following command and press Enter: 
net localgroup guests Visitor /add


The above command line adds the Visitor user to the guests group, which is more limited than local users.

That’s all; you’ve successfully created a guest account. 

Switching to the Guest Account

Once you’ve followed the above guide on how to create a guest account, then you can proceed to this in order to know how to switch to the guest account.

So click on the Windows button.

Then click on your username.


Then select Visitor.


You can also choose the Visitor account from the Windows login screen when you turn on your system as an alternative method.



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